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What is Microneedling?

Since as early as 1995, microneedling has been a trusted aesthetic treatment that can help reduce the appearance of scars, stimulate hair growth, and even enhance collagen levels in the skin.  Though the practice is well-established, the technologies utilized in microneedling have evolved significantly, and today microneedling is increasingly recognized for myriad dermatological benefits.  So then, what is microneedling and how can it help?

Microneedling is a treatment designed to revitalize your skin.  By inserting very thin (from 0.5 to 2.5mm in diameter), short needles into the skin to achieve superficial punctures, microneedling has been shown to have both short- and long-term benefits.  Indeed, in the immediate sense, microneedling can help your skin appear to be glowing.  As the superficial punctures cause mild inflammation, the skin on your face becomes more plump and radiant.  Recent research has also shown that in the long term, regular microneedling sessions can improve collagen and elastin levels in the skin – by up to four times.

There are other benefits associated with microneedling.  For example, for folks experiencing hair loss – microneedling may also help.  By stimulating dormant hair follicles, microneedling can stimulate hair growth.  In a study that compared subjects receiving minoxidil treatments were significantly less likely to report hair growth improvements than those receiving a combination of minoxidil and microneedling treatments.   Additionally, microneedling may also improve the appearance of cellulite – particularly when performed by a dermatologist utilizing the most advanced microneedling technology.

Still, most evidence suggests that microneedling is most effective when combined with other treatments.  Anti-aging creams, topical collagen boosters, and laser treatments have been shown to be more effective when combined with microneedling.  Conventional thought suggests that these treatments are enhanced when used with microneedling as the skin punctures allow for deeper penetration of these treatments.

Plus, many of these treatments can be done successfully at home.  Purchasing your own microneedling equipment allows you to take advantage of the many benefits listed affordably.  Nevertheless, use caution.  Dermatologists advise against home-microneedling for individuals with acne, eczema, perioral dermatitis, and rosacea because the procedure can actually exacerbate these conditions.  You should also know that excessive microneedling can damage the capillaries in your skin and ultimately leave your face appearing plastic.  Once-monthly microneedling usually allows for full recovery and healthier skin, but it’s always best to follow the guidance of a professional.

Finally, as microneedling is a procedure that involves inserting needles into your skin, it is important to be gentle with your skin.  Hypoallergenic, soothing skin products usually pair best with microneedling, but it’s also important to be aware of your skin’s needs when choosing skin care products.  Nevertheless, when conducted properly, microneedling is a safe and efficacious treatment to improve the health and appearance of your skin.