What is Microneedling?
Microneedling is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure applied to address skin issues through collagen regeneration. It involves using small needles to puncture the skin at multiple points, creating small injuries to stimulate the production of collagen-rich skin tissue, also known as collagen induction therapy.
Skin may lose collagen due to aging or trauma, so the purpose of this treatment is to generate new collagen and skin tissue for smoother, firmer skin. Micro-needle rolling is primarily used on the face and can treat various concerns such as scars, wrinkles, large pores, and reduce the appearance of acne scars and stretch marks. It is also used in some anti-aging methods such as eyelid surgery and age spots.
Microneedling is not effective for treating hair loss, although collagen plays a crucial role in hair growth. This method is suitable for individuals in good health who have skin concerns that home treatments or other procedures have not addressed. Note that this method is not safe for individuals using certain acne medications or for pregnant women.
How is Microneedling performed?
Before the procedure, inform the doctor about your health condition and any skin issues you have experienced. You may need to stop using certain medications such as ibuprofen and acne medications before the procedure. The doctor may also advise discontinuing retinoids beforehand to reduce the risk of side effects.
During the surgery, the doctor will use local anesthesia to minimize pain. This is done approximately one hour before the treatment (in fact, about 30 minutes). During the procedure, the doctor will create small punctures under the skin using a tool similar to a paint roller with attached small needles. These needles are very small, and you almost feel nothing during the process. The doctor will move the tool evenly across your skin to rejuvenate the skin.
Microneedling is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure, so the recovery time is very quick. Most people can return to work and normal activities after the procedure.
What can Microneedling achieve?
Microneedling is commonly used on the face to address issues such as:
- Acne scars
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Large pores
- Various types of scars
- Improving skin elasticity
In addition to these concerns, micro-needle rolling is sometimes used to treat stretch marks in other areas of the body. A study has shown that microneedling is effective for stretch marks on the thighs and abdominal area when combined with a filler. Scars on other parts of the body can also be treated with this procedure. However, microneedling is primarily used on the face.