Skin needling is also called micro-needling therapy or collagen induction therapy. It is a minimally-invasive non-surgical and mildly ablative procedure for facial rejuvenation that involves the use of a micro-needling device to create controlled skin injury.
As each fine needle punctures the skin, it creates a micro-wound. The controlled injury triggers the body to fill these micro-wounds by producing new collagen and elastin in the papillary dermis. In addition, new capillaries are formed. Skin needling is effectively used for:
The procedure is well tolerated. It takes anywhere from a few minutes to up to an hour to complete, depending on the area to be treated and the severity of the problem. Dryness, scaling, redness and swelling may be seen after treatment, lasting for several days or longer, depending on the depth of penetration of the needles. Sun protection for several weeks is recommended. The number of needling procedures depends on the individual skin condition.