Also known as collagen induction therapy, microneedling involves using fine needles to create hundreds of tiny, invisible wounds in the top layer of skin using a device called Derma Roller.
"The micro-injuries you create stimulates the body's natural wound healing processes, resulting in cell turnover and increased collagen and elastin production, therefore reversing as well as preventing signs of aging," says board certified dermatologist and RealSelf contributor Sejal Shah, MD.
Nowadays, microneedling has become hugely popular among skincare fanatics and called the next big thing in anti-aging.
So what are the benefits of microneedling?
- Microneedling Reduces Fine lines and Wrinkles
The primary benefit of microneedling is its ability to stimulate growth of collagen and elastin, the key to youthful-looking skin. Just a few sessions of using derma roller, you will notice a difference in reducing fine lines, wrinkles and crow’s feet in the forehead. Because of it’s ability to utilize the body’s own natural healing mechanisms, the results of microneedling is natural. For those who want to treat wrinkles, a needle length no greater than 1.5mm should be used.
- Reverses Sun Damage and Pigmentation
You can reverse sun damage and pigmentation using a derma roller by stimulating collagen growth including melasma, discoloration and hyperpigmentation. To improve extra pigmentation from sun-damaged skin, your dermaroller needles should range between 1.0 mm an 1.5 mm in length.
- Repairs visible scars
The effects of microneedling marked an improvement in the visibility of acne scars. When using a derma roller at home, a 1.5mm roller is enough to improve the appearance of acne scars. However, for severe acne scars, you may need longer needles for maximum results or maybe go for a dermatologist or professionals who performs microneedle therapy treatments.
- Helps in Aging Skin
Another benefit of microneedling, aside from its ability to smooth and correct damaged skin, is to tighten loose skin which is great for older men and women. A study from International Journal of Dermatology, microneedling is a new way to achieve "skin rejuvenation, tightening, and scar remodeling," and that it offers a "simple and effective treatment for photo aged skin".
- Minimize the Appearance of Pores
One major benefit of using a derma roller is that it helps pores appear much smaller. Microneedling stimulates collagen in and around your pores, which causes them to plump and appear shrunken, if not closed. Let’s be honest, who doesn’t want smaller pores?
- Makes your Skincare Products (serums or creams) Work Better
One of microneedling's advantage is that it improves product absorption tremendously. Only 4-8 percent of your serums actually penetrates your skin? Without the help of this beauty tool, the skincare products you’re applying on your skin won’t effect that much. This makes total sense considering the fact that microneedling creates thousands of invisible holes in your skin which is good for product absorption.
- Can be Done all Over your Body
Other benefit of microneedling is that this treatment can be done all over your body and not just on your face. Particularly in the areas that display stretch marks or acne scars like the chest, legs, back and butt. Four to six sessions can make a big difference in these problem areas.