Often referred to as collagen induction therapy (CIT), microneedling is popular because it can be used to treat many different conditions. Some common ones are acne scarring, fine lines, wrinkles, stretch marks and brown spots on the skin.
How Does Microneedling Work?
With microneedling, tiny, sterile needles are used to puncture and cause trauma in the derma layer of the skin. This ‘trauma’ to the skin triggers the body’s natural healing process, which is to increase the production of collagen and elastin. The end result is a rejuvenation of the skin that not only reverses the appearance of aging, but also can slow it down.
Benefits and Risks of Microneedling
One of the main benefits of microneedling is that it’s a non-invasive procedure, unlike plastic surgery, so your recovery time will be minimal.
Microneedling is mostly performed on the face to for the following benefits:
- A boost in collagen and elastin for a more youthful complexion
- Improvement in the appearance of scars from acne or chickenpox
- Microneedling for stretch marks
- Reduction of wrinkles
- Shrinking pores
- Reversing sun damage or skin pigmentation
The tiny needles may irritate your skin and cause redness for the first few days, but it is just a natural response and will clear up quickly. The procedure shouldn’t prevent you from doing everyday, normal activities. According to the Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, microneedling is a safe and effective way to rejuvenate skin and treat scars and wrinkles.
In addition to skin irritation, you may experience some swelling, discomfort at the site of the procedure, dryness or flaking of the skin.
This procedure is not ideal for those with cystic acne, grades III and IV acne, uncontrolled rosacea, and those on blood thinners.