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This Is What Microneedling Really Does to Your Face

The Healthy Logo By Aubrey Almanza of The Healthy | Slide 1 of 8: Microneedling (also known as collagen induction therapy) involves using fine needles to create hundreds of tiny, invisible puncture wounds in the top layer of skin. It may not sound appealing. But this minimally invasive treatment—whether it's done in-office by a trained aesthetician, dermatologist, or plastic surgeon or at home using a derma roller (a small, handheld paint roller coated in tiny needles)—can be very effective. "The micro-injuries you create stimulates the body's natural wound healing processes, resulting in cell turnover and increased collagen and elastin production, therefore reversing as well as preventing signs of aging," says Sejal Shah, MD, a dermatologist in private practice in New York City. (Microneedling works the same way lasers do, only you're injuring the skin mechanically instead of using heat or light.)

What is microneedling?

Microneedling (also known as collagen induction therapy) involves using fine needles to create hundreds of tiny, invisible puncture wounds in the top layer of skin. It may not sound appealing. But this minimally invasive treatment—whether it's done in-office by a trained aesthetician, dermatologist, or plastic surgeon or at home using a derma roller (a small, handheld paint roller coated in tiny needles)—can be very effective. "The micro-injuries you create stimulates the body's natural wound healing processes, resulting in cell turnover and increased collagen and elastin production, therefore reversing as well as preventing signs of aging," says Sejal Shah, MD, a dermatologist in private practice in New York City. (Microneedling works the same way lasers do, only you're injuring the skin mechanically instead of using heat or light.) Click through the slideshow above to learn more.

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