Microneedling is a skin treatment that involves the use of a device with fine, sterile needles to create tiny, controlled punctures in the skin’s surface. This process is also known as collagen induction therapy because it stimulates the body’s natural collagen production. Here’s an overview of how microneedling works and its potential benefits:

Procedure: Prior to treatment, the skin is numbed with a compounded, topical numbing cream to help minimize any discomfort. After numbing and prepping the skin, your provider will begin the treatment using the SkinPen device. The depth and density of the punctures are adjusted based on the specific needs of the individual and the areas being treated.

Collagen Production: The microneedling process triggers the body’s natural wound healing response. As the skin heals, it increases the production of collagen and elastin, which are essential proteins for maintaining healthy and youthful-looking skin. This boost in collagen can help improve skin texture, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and diminish the appearance of scars and stretch marks.

Skin Concerns Addressed: Microneedling is commonly used to address various skin concerns, including:

  • Fine lines + wrinkles
  • Acne scars and other types of scars
  • Enlarged pores
  • Uneven skin tone
  • Stretch marks
  • Sun damage
  • Skin texture irregularities

Recovery: After a microneedling session, the skin may be red and slightly swollen for a day or two. Some people may experience mild discomfort or skin tightness. It’s essential to follow post-procedure care instructions that are provided, which includes avoiding sun exposure, make-up and using specific skincare products for 72 hours.

Results: The results of microneedling can vary depending on the individual’s skin type and concerns. Some people may notice improvements after just one session, but a series of treatments (typically spaced 6-8 weeks apart) may be recommended for optimal results. The full benefits of microneedling may become more apparent over time as collagen production continues.

Add-On Options: We offer add-on options that are clinically shown to enhance the results of microneeding treatments that include:

  • Topical Botox: Recommended for oily, acne-prone patients or patients with scarring or textural concerns.
  • Firming Microneedling: Recommended for patients looking to help reduce fine lines, wrinkles, and skin laxity.

It’s crucial to have microneedling performed by a trained and experienced provider to ensure safety and effectiveness. Microneedling is generally considered safe for most skin types but may not be suitable for individuals with certain medical conditions or skin conditions. Consultation with a qualified provider can help determine if microneedling is the right choice for your skincare needs.

Medically reviewed by Leslie A. Reap, PA-C / Kalli K. Rohleder, RN, BSN