Microneedling is not a new technique. Before automated devices were developed, this method of general skin rejuvenation had been performed using what is called a dermal roller. Professionally, microneedling is performed with a small device on which tiny needles move in a vertical fashion. The handpiece “stamps” the skin with tiny points that create minor injuries.
Why would anyone want to press tiny needles into their skin? As odd as this may sound, the use of a thorough microneedling technique is perceived as a wonderful way to trigger a natural wound healing process in the upper layers of the skin. This healing process involves an influx of collagen to the tissue that has been affected by injury or age. Initially, microneedling was seen as valuable for general and subtle cosmetic improvements. Over time, the treatment has extended to address concerns including stretch marks, scars, lines and wrinkles, and even hair loss.
What Is Microneedling?
A minimally-invasive procedure conducted in our Spring Lake dermatology office, microneedling is a technique in which tiny punctures are made across an area such as the face, neck, chest, or stomach. Needle depth ranges from 0.5 mm to more than 2 mm depending on the device. Microneedling is often referred to as collagen induction therapy due to the natural increase in neocollagenesis that occurs in response to the micro-injuries.
Collagen is a healing protein that is involved in the recovery of a cut or scrape. Collagen is also what provides the skin with overall firmness and strength. As it declines, we are more susceptible to the signs of aging. In addition to aging, collagen decline also results from sun exposure. For this reason, adults of all ages, even those who have yet to struggle with dramatic tissue changes, can benefit from routine microneedling. Along with collagen production, this treatment also stimulates fibroblast growth and the production of new endothelial and epithelial cells.
There are several cosmetic benefits achieved with microneedling. Patients also appreciate the there is virtually no downtime after treatment. The skin may look red for up to a few hours after treatment due to the increase in circulation through the dermis. However, most people return to their normal activities right away.