What Is Microneedling All About?
Microneedling (or micro-needling) is a process that involves using needles to puncture hundreds of tiny holes in the skin (yes, seriously). It may seem like the newest trend in beauty/skincare, but it’s actually been around and evolving for over 50 years! Fans of the microneedle claim it treats everything from wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, and dull skin to issues such as scars, stretch marks, and cellulite — although results are still dubious on that last one, so don’t get your hopes up. However, in a 2009 study, 37 patients underwent microneedling procedures to treat atrophic facial scars (those sunken scars that result from acne, chicken pox, etc.).
After several professional treatments, over 80% of the patients saw a reduction in scarring and rated their treatment as “excellent.” Today, we’re going to explore microneedling and dermarolling to find out exactly what is involved in the processes and what they promise to do for skin. Let’s get to the point! [ pun intended 😉 ] Microneedling and Dermarolling
The purpose of this procedure is twofold: 1. The little holes from the needles create “microchannels” that allow skincare products, such as potent serums, to penetrate and absorb into the deeper layers of skin to deliver more powerful results. 2. These tiny pinpricks act like a bunch of mini injuries that kick skin into healing mode and stimulate collagen and elastin production. This process plumps skin and improves the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, scars, and pores. I know, you’re probably thinking this is on par with a face tattoo in terms of ouch factor. But while this seems like just one more discomfort we have to endure for beauty (I’m looking at you, Spanx), the consensus is that is pretty painless. Kim Kardashian even received a specific form of a microneedling facial dubbed “the vampire facial” on camera for her show. The procedure involves a professional using a dermapen to inject the patient’s face with her own platelet-rich plasma to supposedly super charge collagen and elastin growth. Recently, however, this same procedure may have exposed patients to HIV and hepatitis in a New Mexico spa! OMG!!!