Hundreds of tiny pin pricks going into your skin might sound like the beauty version of waterboarding, but it could just be the best thing that ever happened to your face.
Microneedling (also known as collagen induction therapy) involves using fine needles to create hundreds of tiny, invisible puncture wounds in the top layer of skin. Sound appealing? Not so much. But this minimally invasive treatment whether it's done in-office by a trained aesthetician, dermatologist, or plastic surgeon, or at home using a dermaroller (a small, handheld paint roller coated in tiny needles) is virtually painless and incredibly effective. "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. (It works the same way lasers do, only you're injuring the skin mechanically instead of using heat or light.) Believe it or not, microneedling has become hugely popular among skincare fanatics Vogue is calling it the next big thing in anti-aging.
Microneedling reduces fine and deep wrinkles
The primary appeal of microneedling is its ability to stimulate the growth of collagen and elastin, which is the key to new, youthful-looking skin. Some doctors would even go so far as to say that the procedure is the most powerful way to stop aging in its tracks and prevent new fine lines and wrinkles from forming. With its ability to trigger the generation of new skin cells, just a few sessions of microneedling will noticeably reduce fine lines, crow's feet, and deep wrinkles on the forehead. "This is one of the reasons I like microneedling because it's able to utilize the body's own natural healing mechanisms, so the results are very natural," Dr. Shah says. "Also because there's minimal downtime with it, I often recommend it as a maintenance for people who are trying to stave off the signs of aging." To treat wrinkles, a needle length no greater than 1.5-mm should be used. (Check out the before and after pictures of microneedling on RealSelf.com.)