What is microneedling?
The use of tiny needles inserted into the skin, to stimulate collagen and elastin formation.

What is microneedling useful for?
Fine lines and wrinkles
Enlarged pores
Stretch marks

What’s involved
If performed in-office, numbing cream is applied prior
Minimal downtime of 0-3 days
Repeat treatments every few weeks

What is microneedling?

Microneedling, also known as skin needling or collagen induction therapy, involves using multiple tiny needles to puncture the skin to stimulate collagen and elastin formation. 

What is microneedling used for? 

Microneedling has been reported to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, enlarged pores, scars and stretch marks, as well as improving the absorption and efficacy of active skincare ingredients. 

Can I do microneedling at home?

A variety of microneedling devices are available, including devices for use at home. Care must be taken when using devices at home, to ensure an appropriate needle depth is used and that measures are taken to avoid infection.

What is the downtime?

The recovery time depends on the depth of the needles used. Mild redness and swelling may occur after treatment, which may last two to three days.

How many treatments will I need?

Multiple treatments are usually recommended, several weeks apart. It can take 3 to 6 months to see the full effect of treatment. 

Can other treatments be combined with microneedling?

Microneedling treatments are sometimes combined with the application of active ingredients, to improve results. Radiofrequency devices often use microneedling to improve their efficacy.  


Iriarte C, Awosika O, Rengifo-Pardo M, Ehrlich A. Review of applications of microneedling in dermatology. Clin Cosmet Investig Dermatol. 2017;10:289-298. Published 2017 Aug 8. 

Singh A, Yadav S. Microneedling: Advances and widening horizons. Indian Dermatol Online J. 2016;7(4):244-254. 

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Julia knows first-hand how overwhelming the skincare world can be, and that’s with over 10 years of experience practicing dermatology. Given that even she gets overwhelmed, she appreciates how hard it can be for those of you without a scientific background to make sense of all the information available, and choose products that are right for your skin…