What exactly is micro-needling?
Microneedling is a minimally invasive skin treatment. In this procedure thin needles are used to make tiny holes in the top layer of your skin. The damage stimulates your skin's healing process, causing it to produce more collagen and elastin. These proteins maintain the firmness and smoothness of your skin. Microneedling is most commonly used on the face, but it can also be used on the legs, back, neck, or other areas where you notice damaged or aging skin.
Can you get microneedling done?
Microneedling has both cosmetic and medical applications. If you are concerned about any of the following, you should consider micro needling:
- Pores that have enlarged.
- Wrinkles or fine lines
- Skin that is loose or crepey (thin and wrinkled).
- Mild scars, particularly those caused by acne or burns.
- Uneven skin tone or skin discoloration
- Marks from stretching
The procedure can also benefit people suffering from medical conditions such as:
- Alopecia areata (hair loss) (hair loss due to autoimmune disease).
- Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) (excessive sweating).
- Microneedling is also used to deliver drugs or vaccines directly into your skin.
What happens during the microneedling procedure?
Your doctor cleans your skin and applies a numbing cream or ointment, such as lidocaine gel. They do this 30 to 45 minutes before your procedure to give the ointment time to work.
The wounds in your skin are then created by your healthcare provider using a hand-held roller or an electric tool. The needles on the roller are extremely fine. Your doctor will roll it slowly and gently across your skin. If they use an electric device to puncture your skin, needles will pulse up and down.
They can adjust the length of the needles on the electric device. Longer needles penetrate your skin, which may be necessary if you have deep acne scars. Deep microneedling may result in some bleeding. Depending on the size of the area to be treated, a microneedling procedure can take anywhere from 15 minutes to several hours.