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How Does Microneedling Work?

What is Microneedling?

​Microneedling is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure that’s used around the world to treat skin concerns and improve skin care by inducing collagen production. Also known as collagen induction therapy, this treatment may help those looking to reduce the appearance of acne scars and stretch marks. 

According to a 2009 study, almost 100 percent of micro-needling participants reported a noticeable difference and vast improvement in the appearance of their acne scars after a treatment. In fact, some tout microneedling as a non-invasive alternative to plastic surgery with no or minimal side effects. Microneedling isn’t invasive like plastic surgery, so the recovery time is minimal. In fact, most people require very little downtime, if any at all. 

How does Microneedling Work?

Microneedling involves puncturing the skin with many tiny needles, according to Emory Aesthetic Center . If you are having the procedure done in a dermatologist’s office, the skin will likely be numbed with a topical numbing cream for about 30 minutes before treatment to eliminate or at least decrease pain and prevent discomfort. And then a pen-like tool also known as a dermaroller or a dermapen is utilised in order to insert tiny stainless-steel needles into the skin to cause micro-injuries or punctures. It can be as many as 36 needles puncturing the skin at the same time. 

Rollers used at home use shorter, duller needles than professional microneedling devices. They temporarily stimulate blood vessels to brighten the skin. But home rollers usually wont give you the same results as microneedling done at a dermatologists office or medical spa.

As a result of these tiny abrasions, the skin amps up collagen production in order to heal, according to a study published in March 2017 in Dermatological Surgery . The goal is for the damage caused by the needles to stimulate your body to send healing agents in the form of elastin and collagen to the area of treatment to repair and renew the skin.

More attention is now being paid to what you apply to the skin after the procedure. Microneedling disrupts the skin barrier function, allowing both helpful and potential harmful molecules beneath the surface. Using an anti-oxidant containing topical can augment results after microneedling, but it’s also important to avoid harsh topicals and environments that are dirty or polluted. 

Microneedling may help address wrinkles, acne, scarring, and stretch marks. Microneedling increases the production of collagen and other healing factors by causing trauma to the skin. 

How Long Does It Take to See Results from Microneedling?

“Response to treatment may vary, but some may need four to six sessions over several months to obtain the desired results, while others may be happy after one to two,” aesthetic doctor Dr. Gohara explains. “But maintenance treatments may be necessary to keep the progress up and prevent further damage.” In between, your dermatologist or consultant can advise you on whether you should continue your regular skincare regimen, including other types of exfoliating and skin resurfacing products while receiving microneedling treatments. 

  • For Facial Rejuvenation/Collagen Stimulation: Plan 3-5 sessions, each 2-4 weeks apart 
  • For Perioral (around the mouth) wrinkles: Plan 5 sessions, each 2-4 weeks apart.
  • For Acne Scars: Plan 3-6 sessions, each 3-6 weeks apart 
  • For Stretch Marks: Plan 3-6 sessions, each 4-6 weeks apart 

​With in salon treatments the final results might not be noticeable until you hit the three to twelve months mark as boosting collagen and elastin within the dermis takes time. However, as with most treatments it depends on the individual. 

How Can Your Prepare for Microneedling? 

​If you’re using any intense topical treatments (such as those containing retinol or retinyl palmitate), you are highly recommended to discontinue its use a few days before your micro-needling treatment. Harsh products could aggravate the skin, so milder is the key. In addition to having a cleansed and toned face, you should also avoid using retinol at least 48 hours prior and avoid direct sun exposure for about three days prior and three days following. Also try to avoid chemical peels, Diamond Peel microdermabrasion or any exfoliation a few days before or after the microneedling treatment. 

What are the Possible Side-Effects of Microneedling?

​Like all cosmetic procedures, microneedling is not without some risks. The most common side effect is minor skin irritation immediately following the procedure. You may also see redness for a few days, similar to that of a sun-burn. For some customers, the redness will be very mild. 

Recovery is minimal, though people with sensitive skin should be careful when applying moisturisers and serums. After the treatment, your skin will be inflamed and more sensitive than usual. 

Microneedling - Effective Treatment for Acne Scars

Microneedling – Effective Treatment for Acne Scars


Wellaholic’s Microneedling is a safe, minimally invasive, and effective aesthetic treatment for several different dermatologic conditions including acne and other scars. Given its expedient post-treatment recovery, limited side effect profile, and significant clinical results, microneedling is a valuable alternative to more invasive procedures such as laser skin resurfacing and deep chemical peeling.

Microneedling facial treatments have proven to be more effective than surgical treatments, laser resurfacing and chemical peels in stimulating the production of collagen and elastin. Microneedling also helps remove wrinkles and smooth acne scars.

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