Everyday Health / Dr. Peterson Pierre

What Is Microneedling? Benefits, Costs, Side Effects, and More

December 6, 2019

woman's face getting collagen stimulated with tiny needles cosmetic procedure

If you start your microneedling research with an Instagram or Google image search, you’ll probably be scared off. The photos are alarming — that’s because the procedure involves puncturing the skin with tiny needles that draw blood. Sticking a bunch of needles into your face may not sound like a good idea, but the process sets off a rejuvenation reaction that leaves many people raving about the results.

You’ll likely see results from microneedling almost immediately, Shah says. “As soon as the microwounds are created within the skin, the body’s wound-healing processes respond to heal them,” he says. Peterson Pierre, MD, a board-certified dermatologist based in Thousand Oaks, California, says your skin may look plump and radiant for up to two weeks following the treatment. The best results, however, can take six to eight weeks to appear. That’s when the increased collagen effects become evident, Dr. Pierre says.

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