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Skin Needling: Decrease fine lines and wrinkles with this age old remedy

Updated on May 14, 2016

Skin needling facts

Needle length: 0.5, 1.0, 1.5, 2.0 and 3.0

Products use after needling: Retin A or a vitamin A derivative, Vitamin C serum, vitamin E

Cleansing your face and using alcohol on the area to be needled and your needling device are the most important thing to do before needling. Risk of infection is low with needling, but you should still cleanse thoroughly before needling.

Skin needling

Skin needling review

There is an old beauty treatment called Skin Needling that is controversial but also makes sense. It is based on stimulating collagen and elastin production by causing injury (puncturing) to the skin. By using a roller or single needle, you can cause injury, although very small, by rolling or needling the skin where wrinkles, acne scars and stretch marks appear. Collagen and elastin then rush to the injury site and start “filling in” the wrinkles, scars or indentations. Thus filling in wrinkles and causing them to disappear.

This is not an overnight or immediate treatment for wrinkles, but takes about 8 months to a year to complete. The immediate “result” you see is caused by the actual acute swelling of the injury site. This swelling goes down within a few days, but the long term “healing” continues up to a year.

Some users of the skin needling system say that they use their rollers every night or every other night. This is too often as it doesn't give the skin enough time to heal between sessions. The skin needs at least 2-8 weeks between needling sessions to heal. If you don't allow the skin to heal between needling sessions, you run the risk of causing scars on your skin. This defeats the purpose of needling in the first place.

I started this treatment almost a year ago on the wrinkles on my upper lip. I have seen amazing results! I had a real deep line on the left side of my upper lip that is gone now and the other small lines are no longer visible either. These results should last for years as I am no longer a smoker. I started with the shortest needle and worked my way up to the longest used for home use.

Needle length:

The shortest needle length used for skin needling is 0.5mm and the longest is 3mm. The 3mm is for use in an office setting only. The longest that should be used at home is a 1.5mm. Using the 0.5mm is a good length for product penetration. The 1.0-1.5 can be used at home to stimulate collagen and elastin production.

Skin care:

Before needling, you should clean your face or the area your going to needle with soap and water, then wipe the area clean with alcohol. Cleansing before needling is very important. Cleansing the area for needling will ensure that you don't become infected after the needling procedure. You can also apply product before needling.

Which products to use:

The most common products used before and after needling are: Vitamin C serum, Retin A and Vitamin E. Using products before needling but after cleansing helps “push” the product into your skin for better penetration. Applying product after needling allows the product to actually soak into the skin instead of sitting on top of it.

Some say that needling is not painful when using the 0.5 to 1.5 rollers in the home. In my experience, there are some areas such as above the lip, that can be quite painful...others where there is more fat are less painful. You can use a cream called Emla cream to decrease the pain of rolling. Emla cream is used to numb the skin. It must be left on for an hour to work properly.

Skin needling is safer than laser resurfacing, deep chemical peels and dermabrasion. Skin needling leaves the skin intact unlike the other anti-wrinkle treatments which work on the same context as skin needling, but cause injury to the first few layers of the skin and sometimes cause scarring.

Skin needling may seem like torture to some people. But for those of us who have tried it and are doing it correctly, it's far from torture. You may feel a little discomfort, but usually this is from pushing too hard on the roller. If you do have too much discomfort, try Emla cream. Just remember to leave it on for an hour before you roll.

Compared to all other anti-wrinkle treatment out there, rolling to get rid of wrinkles has been the most effective and less painful of them all for me. Consult your doctor before performing any anti-wrinkle treatment on your skin. Skin rolling is offered at more Dermatologist than ever before, so if your not sure if you want to try this at home, but you do want to try it...consult a local dermatologist who is trained in Skin Needling. You'll be glad you did.


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