Microneedling is one of the best treatments for acne scars and fine lines. Clusters of 8 to 9 needles pierce your skin, creating micro-holes that triggers skin to heal itself with mega-doses of collagen.
But if you’re still iffy at the thought of needles – even if they’re very small needles, and you’ll be given a numbing cream – here’s some information that can help you decide if microneedling is for you.
What skin concerns can microneedling treat?
Since microneedling boosts collagen, it is certainly one of the best face procedures for fine lines, wrinkles and sagging. However, it is not just an anti-aging treatment. It’s excellent for acne scars and large pores. Doctors will also apply a serum to help the roller glide on the skin, and can chose the type of serum based on your particular concerns.
Here’s a dermatologist’s demonstration on an actual patient, so you can see how the treatment works:
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How painful is it?
Microneedling has the same pain level as eyebrow threading or breaking in a new pair of shoes – you may be uncomfortable, but not enough to grip the chair and cry (in fact, Brazilian waxes are far more painful).
You won’t even feel a poking, stinging sensation. The microneedling pen moves very fast, so what you’ll feel what one reviewer described as “a round-tip fingernail lightly scratching against your face.”
What will my face look like right after the treatment?
The needles create such tiny microscopic holes that you won’t actually see them. Instead, your face just appears red and occasionally very minimal bleeding. The redness subsides in a few hours, and dermatologists discourage applying makeup right after, so this is not a treatment to schedule during your lunch break or the day of a big event.
What areas can microneedling treat?
Microneedling can be performed on any part of the face. Some companies like Environ have made microneedling rollers that can be used on the eyelids and small areas like the sides of the nose or upper lip.
What are some feedback from people who’ve tried microneedling?
Beauty vlogger NikkiPhilippi talks about how microneedling helped remove her acne scars. She’s quite chatty so you can skip to 3:58 if you prefer to jump to her experience. She has clips of herself two days after the treatment, etc. She personally prefers to Fraxel.