By Jake Bova • December 16, 2016

Lets Watch: Microneedling with Karen

Microneedling is a treatment that's been around for decades, but it's recently had a jump in popularity. Also known as collagen induction therapy or skin needling, microneedling is similar to tooth whitening, in that both home treatments and professional treatments are available. How do you decide if this skin treatment is right for you? Here's some information about microneedling from Juvly Aesthetics.

What is Microneedling?
Microneedling has been one of the tools in dermatologists' treatment regimens for quite a while. Originally used primarily to treat acne scars or similar skin problems, the procedure involves poking tiny holes in the skin with very small needles. The process causes a minor injury to the skin, which responds by increasing collagen production. Collagen is an important supporting structure in the skin and is what gives younger skin its plump, smooth look.

When is Microneedling Used?
In addition to its use for acne scars, microneedling can help diminish scars left by chickenpox. It can also combat wrinkles and stretch marks, decrease fine lines and large pores, reduce skin discoloration and generally rejuvenate the skin. Although the face is one of the main areas where patients request treatment, microneedling can also be used on the arms, neck, legs, abdomen and hands. Microneedling is effective in some areas that can't be treated by other methods such as lasers.

What's Microneedling Treatment Like?
Your dermatologist will apply an anesthetic cream to the skin to help prevent any discomfort. A light layer of water may also be used to lubricate the skin and help the roller glide easily. The dermatologist will then run the roller gently over the skin – the procedure takes about 30 minutes. Your skin may be reddened temporarily after the procedure, but should return to normal in a day or so.

When Will Results Become Apparent?
Full results become apparent gradually, as the skin heals. Most people need more than one treatment, with three- to four-week intervals between for healing. Severe sun damage or scarring will require more treatments – six or more in some cases. Your skin texture, thickness and other factors can affect the recovery time. Some dermatologists recommend occasional maintenance treatments as well to maintain the skin's appearance.

If you've always wanted to improve the appearance of your skin, microneedling may be one choice. A dermatologist can assess your individual situation and make recommendations for a variety of treatments. Contact us at Juvly Aesthetics for a consultation.