Does microneedling work?

Isn't poking holes in your skin damaging? How does this stimulate collagen production? I've watched a few videos, and the patient's face always looks really bad right after the treatment. Will anyone be able to tell I had microneedling work done on my face after the redness subsides? I'm curious how obvious the results are.


F, 40, New Jersey

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Microneedling is an effective treatment for scar reduction, smoothing skin texture and lessening uneven skin tone. Using tiny acupuncture like needles with a pen-like tool, micro-injuries in the skin stimulate collagen and elastin production. The benefits of microneedling are a reduction in the appearance of fewer lines and wrinkles, less pigmentation, smaller pores, acne and other scars and stretch marks. There is little downtime post microneedling. Patients can expect redness and minor side effects such as swelling for a day or two. Before starting the microneedling, your medical skin care specialist will apply topical numbing to minimize discomfort during the procedure. A series of microneedling treatments one month apart every year can reduce skin’s elasticity which in turn helps to turn back the clock on aging skin.

Yes, microneedling does work for improving skin texture and tone and can even improve scarring from surgery and acne.  The skin punctures heal very quickly and my patients are back in makeup the next day.  Several treatments are needed to achieve best results.