As microneedling has grown in popularity, the procedure has been used to treat a range of dermatologic applications, including pigmentary issues (such as melasma), as well as a potential tool for combating hair loss.
Microneedling has shown the most promise as a treatment for:
- Acne and surgical scars
- Skin rejuvenation and wrinkles
An article published in the journal of Dermatologic Surgery earlier this year found that microneedling produces substantial clinical improvement of scars, stretch marks and wrinkles with expedient recovery and limited side effects. The benefits appear to be due to controlled wounding of the skin with stimulation of healing leading to collagen production.
The authors conclude that microneedling is a safe, minimally invasive, and effective esthetic treatment for acne and other scars, wrinkles, and stretch marks. Given its quick post-treatment recovery, limited side effect profile, and significant clinical results, microneedling is a valuable alternative to more invasive procedures such as laser skin resurfacing and deep chemical peeling.