When the skin is traumatized slightly in a controlled manner, whether it be heat, laser (a dense light), friction and abrasion as in microdermabrasion or outright dermabrasion, chemical burn as in chemical peels, or, as of late, microneedling, the skin is prompted to lay down new material as part of the process of wound healing, and ends up appearing healthier and more youthful. Microneedling is a process in which a disposable tip containing many very fine needles is attached to a powered gun. An operator passes the tip several times over the area to be treated. The microneedled area appears pink, and sometimes manifests slight bleeding, which stops on its own within seconds.

Microneedling is very helpful for a number of facial skin issues, such as large pores, acne scars, or vertical upper lip lines. When the entire face is treated a few times, the skin appears to have less wrinkles, have more of a healthy glow. Microneedling refreshes the skin. The procedure is quite tolerable after applying some numbing gel.

It is worth the try. Most patients need to have it done a few times to see an appreciable difference.

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