Microneedling or micro-needling is a minimally invasive skin treatment in which a dermatologist or aesthetician intentionally creates tiny punctures in the top layer of skin using micro-fine needles. The needles usually measure somewhere from 0.5 to 2 millimeters in diameter.
This treatment is also known as collagen induction therapy because it’s known for boosting collagen production in the skin, which can make it beneficial for several skin concerns including fine lines and wrinkles. Microneedling actually induces the production of new collagen in the skin, known as neocollagenesis.
The controlled skin injuries produced by microneedling send the skin into a repair mode that triggers the body to produce new collagen as well as elastin, which is another protein found in the skin that provides our skin with desirable elasticity. Microneedling also encourages the growth of fibroblasts, epithelial and endothelial cells, which can equate to a more even skin tone and a healthy glow.
Microneedling is a minimally invasive procedure for treating fine lines, wrinkles, scars, stretch marks, skin laxity, and uneven skin tone, which are the hallmarks of aging and sun-damaged skin.
After applying a numbing cream to the skin, a pen-like device holding a bundle of fine, sterile needles glides over the skin causing microtrauma. Your body then releases its own healing growth factors, which encourage more elastin and collagen to be made (which bring strength and elasticity to the skin) and helps evens out uneven pigmentation.
The tiny needles also open temporary channels in the skin through which additional active healing products or boosters, such as Vitamin C, Retinol, and TNS (tissue nutrient solution) can be applied.
While results can usually be seen after the first treatment, the best and most lasting results come from a series of microneedling treatments spaced at regular intervals. Your esthetician will help determine which series will best serve your needs.