What Microneedling Really Does to Your Face

Hundreds of tiny pin pricks penetrating your skin might sound like the beauty version of waterboarding, but it just might be the best thing that’s ever happened to your face.

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What is microneedling?

Microneedling (also known as collagen induction therapy) involves using fine needles to create hundreds of tiny, invisible puncture wounds in the top layer of skin. It may not sound appealing. But this minimally invasive treatment—whether in the office by a trained esthetician, dermatologist, or plastic surgeon, or at home with a dermaroller (a small paint roller coated with tiny needles)—can be very effective. “The micro-injuries you cause stimulate the body’s natural wound-healing processes, leading to cell renewal and increased collagen and elastin production, which both reverses and prevents signs of aging,” says Sejal Shah, MD, a private practice dermatologist in NYC. (Microneedling works just like lasers, except you mechanically injure the skin instead of using heat or light.)

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Microneedling can reduce fine and deep wrinkles

One of the main benefits of microneedling is its ability to stimulate collagen and elastin growth, which is key to new, youthful-looking skin. Due to its ability to trigger the formation of new skin cells, dermatologists have found that a few sessions noticeably reduce fine lines, crow’s feet and deep wrinkles on the forehead. “That’s one of the reasons I like microneedling – because it’s able to use the body’s natural healing mechanisms, so the results are very natural,” says Dr. shah “And because there is minimal downtime, I often recommend it as maintenance for people trying to ward off the signs of aging.” A needle no longer than 1.5mm should be used to treat wrinkles. These 17 skin care tips are followed by dermatologists themselves.

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