Skin needling is a hot trend that is taking over beauty conversations everywhere. However there is still a mystery lingering as to what it is, how is it done, and above all, does it really work?

Always a fan of skeptics, I will unveil the mystery behind this new phenomenon as well as provide answers to the many questions I have been receiving. The process involves multiple tiny needles that can be adjusted to various depths to create a controlled skin injury. Research has shown that as the skin reacts to this injury, it creates new growth of collagen and elastin, necessary for the appearance of healthy, more youthful skin. Other terms for this type of treatment include “collagen induction therapy” and “percutaneous collagen induction”. The procedure is under 30 minutes and is nearly painless due to the application of a topical anesthetic prior to treatment.

Skin needling began in 1997, and has been increasing in popularity ever since. The advantages over having a laser procedure are: no down time (transient redness), any area can be treated, any skin type (color) can be treated, and the cost is much less than most laser procedures. The treatment can also be repeated every 4 to 6 weeks, depending upon results and desired endpoint.  An experienced medical esthetician is able to provide the treatment after exploring what the patient’s goals and concerns are. While the downtime is minimal, you should not do this treatment on the day of an event, but the preceding day would be fine.

Dr.Bonnie Marting, DNP ARNP
Director of Medical Aesthetics