Microneedling has made a major comeback, and with more power at its tip than ever before, its status has been upped to supercharged. In a nutshell, microneedling, which can also be done at-home with a dermal roller, helps to rejuvenate your complexion by creating tiny microchannels in your skin with clusters of needles to stimulate natural repair mechanisms. This in turn stimulates new collagen formation. While you may feel some discomfort (and even get a bit bloody) during the treatment, it provides dramatic results when it comes to acne scars, stretch marks, lines and wrinkles and improving your skin’s overall texture.
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Now that it’s being used more frequently in the office, doctors are starting to couple it with topical solutions—growth factors, antioxidants, peptides and platelet-rich plasma (PRP)—for even better results. New York plastic surgeon Douglas Monasebian, MD, credits the sudden popularity of micro needling to the fact that it can be paired with prescription-strength ingredients that address cosmetic issues like fine lines and wrinkles. “It provides the ability to deliver active ingredients deeper into the skin and has great potential,” he says. It’s important to know that in order to see the full results, a series of treatments spaced out over four to six weeks is often recommended.