Skin needling, also called micro needling therapy, is a minimally invasive skin-rejuvenation procedure that involves the use of a device that contains fine needles. The needles are used to puncture the skin to create a controlled skin injury. Each puncture creates a channel that triggers the body to fill these microscopic wounds by producing new collagen and elastin. Through the process of neovascularization and neocollagenesis, there is improvement in skin texture and firmness, as well as reduction in scars, pore size, and stretch marks.
First, an anesthetic cream is applied to the patient’s skin to keep them comfortable during the procedure. Then esthetician applies a layer of serum to lubricate your skin and make the derma roller glide more smoothly. An esthetician then rolls the micro needling device over the patient’s skin, creating tiny holes in the surface.
The process typically takes less than 30 minutes, and afterward, your skin can be somewhat red, similar to a sunburn.
Natural collagen growth happens over weeks and months, so it isn’t an instant fix, but your skin will be much improved over the long term.
The number of needling sessions depends on the individual skin condition. Three or four treatments are recommended for mild to moderate acne scarring and wrinkles, whereas deeper scars and stretch marks may require upward of five treatments. An interval of 4 to 6 weeks between treatments is typically recommended. Maintenance treatments at intervals of 6 to 12 months are recommended for best results.