What is microneedling?

Technology has been used to enhance beauty since time immemorial. Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT), also known as microneedling or skin needling, is a cosmetic procedure that involves repeatedly puncturing the skin with tiny, sterile needles. This cosmetic procedure helps you steer clear of all blemishes, marks, acne and puffiness. The tiny piercings help you get an acne-and-blemish-free face. It also helps in reducing the growth of facial hair. To get better results, microneedling can be used in combination with the Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) that has been derived from the patient's own blood. It contains many growth boosters that increase the collagen production in the body and can be applied topically to the entire treatment area. Platelet-rich plasma can also be used the post the treatment or pre-treatment or can be injected intradermally to treat scars.
How is microneedling done?
 

How is microneedling done?

A microneedling roller is very similar to a paint roller, albeit capped in spikes that puncture the skin when you run it over your face. This causes the stimulation of collagen production and kick-starts the skin's natural healing processes. Finally, the process helps in minimizing acne scars and signs of ageing such as fine lines and wrinkles. The newer skin tissue that develops is, in turn, more even in tone and texture.

What are the benefits of microneedling?
 

What are the benefits of microneedling?

Microneedling is a targeted procedure which reduces skin problems like acne, blemishes, scars, marks, age spots, fine lines, wrinkles, uneven skin tone, and large pores. It is advised that you do not microneedle if you are having an active acne problem as it might lead to irritation and peeling. Microneedling when pregnant, or while having skin infections, can cause problems as well. In addition to reducing the facial skin problems, microneedling can also be an effective procedure for reducing stretch marks.

How is professional microneedling done?
 

How is professional microneedling done?

During the procedure, a topical anaesthetic is applied to the host region. A derma roller is used to insert tiny, stainless steel needles into the skin in order to cause micro-injuries or punctures. The idea is that the damage caused by the needles will be followed up by your body by sending healing agents such as elastin and collagen to repair the cuts.

How can you microneedle at home?
 

How can you microneedle at home?

Derma rollers are available online and also in local cosmetic stores. You can use derma rollers for microneedling sessions at home, about once in two to three weeks, depending on how it is affects your skin. Make sure that you do not apply too much pressure while using the derma roller as this can lead to bleeding. Gently move the roller across your face in all directions. Complete the procedure by applying some serum on your face. Since rolling will enhance the products’ absorption, it is best to use caution when applying things such as alpha hydroxy acids or retinols.