MICRONEEDLING

What is Microneedling?

Microneedling, also known as percutaneous collagen induction, is a minimally invasive procedure that involves superficial controlled puncturing of the skin at a set depth with fine needles that create channels in the skin. It is a 30-minute office visit and a topical anesthetic is used.

Microneedling Before and After
Click to enlarge. Photo courtesy of Kenneth Arndt, MD. Before and three months after two sessions of microneedling for perioral rhytids at 2mm depth.

When is microneedling appropriate?

Microneedling has been used to treat a wide variety of conditions including:

Overall skin texture improvement happens over time and uses the body’s wound healing response to form new structures in the skin like collagen and elastin. These lead to a more youthful appearance and can decrease the appearance of fine lines and textural irregularities.

Who is not a candidate for microneedling?

In general, dermatologists prefer to treat acne scarring after the patient’s acne is under control. Those with active acne are generally not considered a good candidate (yet).