Definition - What does Microneedling mean?

Microneedling is a minimally invasive and nonsurgical cosmetic procedure in which a derma roller is used directly on the skin to increase collagen production and tighten the skin for a younger-looking appearance. The derma roller has tiny pins that prick the top layer of the skin, causing the skin to increase collagen production to heal those little pricks. Collagen helps keep your skin looking young, and it aids in healing.

Micro-needling is also known as derma-rolling and collagen induction therapy (CIT).

TheConsultation explains Microneedling

The derma roller is a small device which is held in the hand. It is covered with tiny needles, which penetrate into the skin when the roller rolls along. Tiny holes are made in the skin, which create what is called a controlled injury. The result is that the system responds to what it thinks is an injury by producing more collagen to plump up the skin and thicken it. Micro-needling is supposed to reduce the appearance of fine lines, minor scars and stretch marks. Studies suggest that the procedure may even help with hair loss and burn scars.

Studies also show that it works better when combined with vitamin C for firmer skin. A numbing cream is applied to the skin first to reduce the level of discomfort for the patient. The procedure takes about 15 minutes. Multiple treatments are usually needed for results to be evident. Some dermatologists recommend micro-needling for pore reduction and to improve the texture of the skin. It can also soften rough skin that doesn’t respond to moisturizers or other treatments.

There is very little discomfort and the redness that often appears after the treatment usually goes away in a few hours. The cosmetic procedure may be done by dermatologists or plastic surgery clinics. It is different and usually more effective than at-home micro-needling kits.

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