BY: DANIEL PETERSON
Once an old-school beauty procedure, microneedling is making a comeback to both the A-listers and the skincare-obsessed.
Microneedling is a skin-rejuvenating treatment method whereby tiny needles create some punctures in the top layer of the skin with the objective of improving overall appearance and texture. Naomi Watts and Gwyneth Paltrow are reportedly fans, and the social media star Emily Skye recently posted some pictures on Snapchat after having undergone the procedure.
Right now, I can gaze what you are probably thinking: “making some little holes on your skin/face, in the name of beauty is actually insane.” But professionals admit that when properly done, microneedling is risk-free and can even have real advantages for your skin.
“The outcomes are very impressive,” comments Bruce E. Katz, MD–founder of the Juva Skin & Laser Center located in New York City.
The whole process takes about a quarter an hour. A numbing cream is first applied, then the small needles are moved across your skin using a small handheld gadget. Although different companies manufacture the microneedling tools—including the brands MicroPen, Intensif, Collagen PIN Infini, and SkinPen—Dr. Katz says that they are all basically the same. This operation at a dermatologist’s office goes for about $500-$1,100 based on the area where you live in.
With the new technology, the needles are powered with radiofrequency to assist in stimulating the collagen in the skin. “Collagen production naturally reduces as you age, and this technology produces radio frequency waves to boost your natural healing process,” Dr. Katz explains.
The result is firmer, smoother, and more even-looking skin. By stimulating collagen growth, microneedling may assist reverse the signs of aging (for instance fine lines), fade face scars, and make your skin look refreshed.
“I would recommend it to patients to help improve texture and minimize pore size,” says a New York -based dermatologist– Debra Jaliman, MD.
Since the treatment works well and is long-lasting, some use it to combat fine lines and wrinkles as they first appear.
“We see some patients who undergo this procedure as a preventive approach to aging,” shares Dr. Katz, who also uses the Intensif brand in his office.
Despite what Skye’s scary-looking photos on social media might suggest, microneedling is absolutely painless. “Science has advanced to a point where patients encounter little to no pain and no pain downtime,” Dr. Katz adds. “Any redness usually disappears within some few hours.”
However, you are warned not to use at-home microneedling kits, which according to Dr. Katz they offer only modest outcomes and have a high risk of scarring or infection if the needles are not sterile.
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