Microneedling was first made popular by a plastic surgeon in South Africa, named Dr. Fernandez. He began to explore the idea of increasing collagen production by inducing bleeding in the skin via hundreds of tiny pricks.
Since then, its popularity has increased as people switch to microneedling for a youthful “pick me up”.
Microneedling, otherwise known as collagen induction therapy is a process that naturally stimulates collagen and elastin production in the skin without damaging it. In addition to stimulating fibroblasts to make collagen and elastin, needling also releases growth factors, which non-ablative lasers don’t do.
Microneedling is able to address pigmentation, acne scars, as well as fine lines and wrinkles.
Although it has its benefits, there some side effects. While the side effects are minimal and only temporary, one should know what to expect.
During the treatment, patients may experience some discomfort from the skin needling procedure, so to provide minimal discomfort, a topical numbing product is usually applied before Microneedling.
After the microneedling procedure, the patient will have some redness and itchiness for approximately 24-48 hours. The redness will subside, then dryness will follow and possible flakiness. This too will subside after 3-4 days. Moisturizing with Hyaluronic Acid will aid in keeping the skin replenished with moisture. One can also combine their own plasma (platelet-rich plasma) with micro needling as growth factors help to speed up the healing process.
Almost every procedure has some risks; however Microneedling has very few true side effects.