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From acne to laugh lines, and everything in between, people are desperate to reverse skin damage with new popular cosmetic procedures and skincare products. As these procedures and products improve each day, people are willing to try something new.

Almost every dermatologist these days has been talking about a trend called microneedling which is used to boost collagen, encourage hair growth, and improve the appearance of scars. There are plenty of benefits surrounding this new cosmetic procedure that everyone wants to try out, and here are some things you might not have known.

What Is Microneedling?

Microneedling is a cosmetic procedure dating back to 1995 but has gained significant attention in recent years due to new technology and social media. It’s a process of pricking the skin with tiny sterile needles, causing the body to produce more collagen, healing your skin, and making you look younger.

It is also called collagen induction therapy because it increases the production of collagen in the skin. This is an essential protein that helps in making the skin look youthful, with a smooth, firm, and stretchy texture. Causes for collagen decline can be aging which contributes to wrinkles, and also injuries like stretch marks, acne scarring, or other scars.

This procedure involves the growth of new skin, and it might take several months for a person to see full results. Some studies have also shown that when this procedure is combined with minoxidil treatment, it can treat hair loss more effectively than minoxidil treatment alone.  

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How Does It Work?

This procedure is minimally invasive and used for certain anti-aging procedures like sunspots and eyelid surgery. The micro-needles cause slight injury to the skin, helping it grow new collagen-rich tissue. 

The new skin tissue is more even in texture and tone, and as the skin makes new tissues there may also be more collagen to help make the skin firmer. The microneedling tool is called a dermaroller consisting of micro-fine needles that range from 0.5 to 2.5 mm. But, don’t worry about the pinpricks since they are so small you likely won’t notice them. Before starting the procedure, the doctor uses a topical anesthetic to reduce the chances of pain, and it usually takes about 30 minutes.

Ideal candidates would be people who are in good health and have certain skin concerns that haven’t responded well to other dermatologic procedures or types of treatments. This may be an alternative solution before considering cosmetic surgery for anti-aging and other skin concerns.

Benefits Of Microneedling

Microneedling is less expensive than other procedures like laser treatments. It may work better for people with darker skin tones since it doesn’t involve heat which affects the skin’s pigmentation, or color.

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The most important benefit we already mentioned is the production of collagen which enhances the texture of the skin. It rejuvenates the skin by dealing with issues like:

  • Wrinkles and fine lines
  • Stretch marks
  • Acne
  • Dark spots or patches on the skin
  • Large pores
  • Hair loss (alopecia)
  • Scars
  • Reduced skin elasticity
  • Sun damage

Risks Or Side Effects Of Microneedling

Generally, microneedling is considered safe and effective, but like all cosmetic procedures, it might come with some risks. One of the most common side effects is minor skin irritation right after the procedure, and you might also see redness for a few days. Other side effects include:

  • Swelling
  • Possible scarring
  • Bruising
  • Bleeding
  • Peeling
  • Infection

Keep in mind that bleeding may also be more of a risk for people with bleeding disorders or people who are taking blood-thinning medications. That’s why it’s always important to talk to your doctor before considering this procedure.

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Microneedling Healing Time and Aftercare

Recovery from this procedure usually takes about 24 hours, but it can take up to 2 to 3 days depending on the extent of the treatment. 

You can return to work or school right after the procedure, and you can wear makeup after 24 hours. Regarding the follow-up treatment, you must wait 4 to 6 weeks before you receive it. The aftercare process is very important and can last for several weeks. Keep this in mind:

  • Using sunscreen is crucial
  • Stay hydrated
  • Eat protein
  • Don’t smoke
  • Don’t drink alcohol

Final Thoughts

If you’re dealing with skin issues and want to try a solution that will help you for once, you might want to consider microneedling. Not as painful as you might think, and not as expensive as trying out other more fancy procedures. You can DIY or go to a professional, but always remember to consult with your doctor first!

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Martina Kcheva

Martina Kcheva is a Senior Content Writer for Shortlist.io, specializing in healthcare, wellness, and organic products. As a fan of healthy living herself, not just professionally but also personally, she's contributed to hundreds of health & wellness blogs to share with the readers' lifestyle tips in exhaling their wellbeing.

The content in this editorial is for general information only and is not intended to provide medical or other professional advice. For more information on your medical condition and treatment options, speak to your healthcare professional.