Does Microneedling Work? Get the Facts About This Treatment

A woman getting the microneedling treatment on her face (model).

Microneedling has gained attention as a sought-after means to maintain youthful, glowing skin. But with any treatment that gains popularity, skepticism may arise. Is microneedling worth it? And what does microneedling actually do? These are valid questions when you’re considering an investment in your skin.

What Is Microneedling?

Microneedling, also known as collagen induction therapy, is a nonsurgical skin rejuvenation treatment that delivers a series of tiny punctures in the top layer of the skin, triggering the body to create new collagen and elastin.

How Does Microneedling Work?

Your provider uses a microneedling device—SkinPen, Collagen P.I.N., or triFX™ RF—to create micro-injuries on the skin’s surface. These injuries are superficial but enough to kick-start the skin’s healing process. And here lies the magic: as the skin heals, it becomes more plump, vibrant, and youthful.

Is Microneedling Safe?

Under the care of experienced professionals, microneedling is safe for nearly all skin types. The procedure has a lower risk of hyperpigmentation than some comparable procedures, but patients with darker skin tones may see better results from a chemical peel or Fraxel® laser treatment.

Can Microneedling Cause Scarring?

It’s an understandable concern, but the procedure is designed to induce the healing process without leaving scars. In fact, it’s often used to treat scars. It’s essential, however, to seek treatment at a reputable facility where trained professionals use state-of-the-art equipment to ensure the highest standards of safety and care.

What Skin Conditions Does Microneedling Treat?

Microneedling can improve a variety of skin concerns, including:

  • Wrinkles
  • Enlarged pores
  • Scarring
  • Stretch marks
  • Hyperpigmenation
  • Uneven texture
  • Melasma
  • Mild laxity

How Many Treatments Will I Need?

Everyone’s skin is different, so the number of treatments needed will vary. The specific microneedling device your provider selects for you will also play a role. A series of 3 to 6 treatments scheduled 4 to 6 weeks apart often delivers optimal results.

What To Expect After Microneedling

After a treatment session, you can expect some redness and sensitivity, similar to a mild sunburn. These effects typically subside within a couple of days. While healing, protect your skin from sun exposure and follow your provider’s aftercare instructions.

When Will I See the Results?

You won’t have to wait long to notice changes. Many people see a noticeable difference in just a few weeks. As your skin produces more collagen, the look and feel of your skin will continue to improve over several months.

Is Microneedling Permanent?

The results aren’t permanent in the sense of a one-time cure-all, but they’re long-lasting. You can extend your results by protecting your skin from the sun. Using a broad-spectrum sunscreen daily and practicing a regular skincare routine with high-quality, medical-grade products will help keep your skin in top shape.

Is Microneedling Worth It?

Our patients answer with a definite “yes.” The procedure is a favorite for its minimal downtime and impressive results. Microneedling is a testament to the body’s remarkable ability to heal and rejuvenate itself with some prompting from modern dermatology.

Take the Next Step

If you’d like to learn more about how microneedling can benefit your skin, we’re here to provide the answers you need. Take the first step toward radiant skin and call our office at (413) 733-9600 or request a consultation.

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