What Is Microneedling?
Also known as Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT), microneedling is a minimally invasive treatment in which a dermatologist or esthetician uses tiny needles to make tiny holes in the top layer of skin. It was initially introduced for skin rejuvenation in 1995.
Microneedling has shown to improve the following conditions:
- Scarring from acne and burns
- Stretch marks
- Hair loss
Microneedling is performed with a dermapen. As the name states, the device looks like a pen and has 12 needles arranged in rows on the tip. It’s positioned vertically over the skin as the needles work in a stamp-like motion. Another method of microneedling uses a dermaroller. This device looks like a mini paint roller covered in many tiny needles. It’s gently rolled over the skin in different directions. The most important part of the dermaroller is the needle lengths - they can range from 0.3 mm to 2 mm. The length selected for an individual patient depends on the skin condition that’s being targeted.
In recent years, the practice has gained popularity due to social media and advancements made with dermarollers. There are a number of devices based on size and automation available on the market. Microneedling can be a 10-20 minute in-office session, depending on the area of the skin being treated. And don’t worry - a numbing cream is applied beforehand! You won’t see results after trying microneedling just one time, though. In order to see desired results, treatments are done at 3-8 week intervals and multiple sessions are needed. And, just another heads-up: You won’t be able to see the final results immediately as new collagen continues to be made for about 3-6 months after treatment is over.
What Are the Benefits of Microneedling?
Basically, the needle pricks act as a bunch of mini injuries to the skin, which kicks it into healing mode. This stimulates new collagen, elastin, and capillary production, leading to skin tightening and plumping. The appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and scars will improve, and pores will appear smaller. Microneedling also creates tiny channels in the skin that allow products, such as vitamin C serums and tretinoin, to absorb into the deeper layer of the skin and deliver enhanced results.
Is Microneedling Safe?
I know you’re still wondering, “But does microneedling hurt?!” Many patients report that the procedure looks worse than it feels and it’s generally well-tolerated. You’ll experience bleeding, which is totally normal - but it shouldn’t be excessive.Overall, microneedling is a simple, safe, and effective procedure. It’s a controlled injury that only affects the superficial layer of the skin. And, there’s no downtime after treatment - just make sure to use sunscreen regularly afterwards to protect yourself from UV exposure and burning.
Can Microneedling Be Done at Home?
Estheticians and dermatologists may recommend at-home dermarolling as a touch-up in between your scheduled in-office sessions to give your complexion a glow. The needle lengths are less than 0.15 mm, so they don’t penetrate the skin as deeply. There are plenty of options available online, but you may want to talk to your skincare specialist about what’s best for you first. The needle lengths are less than 0.15 mm and deliver similar benefits to a dermaroller used in-office. They can reduce the appearance of pores and fine lines and enhance the effect of your favorite anti-aging products.
You’re now familiar with the ins and outs of microneedling! If you have skincare products you love, but want to see more dramatic results, microneedling could be an option for you. It’s a popular procedure for a reason as it addresses some of the most common skin complaints.
Alana Mitchell has been working in the beauty industry her whole life! She is the proud owner of Skincare by Alana and a licensed esthetician. Alana is honored to host product lines that are truly good for the skin, such as Rhonda Allison, Image Skincare, Eminence Organics, and 100% Pure. She does not believe in products that have not been thoroughly tested and researched! Alana also created her very own results-driven line, Alana Mitchell skincare, which has been her labor of love! She also frequently shares organic skincare tips on her skincare blog.