Controversial 'Skin-Needling' Procedure Gaining Popularity

by Dean Anderson


While most people cringe at the prospect of being pricked with a sharp needle, a new skin treatment has Americans enduring thousands of jabs in a single session—and paying hundreds in hard-earned cash just do it. One of the latest techniques in the ongoing fight against ageing is being dubbed “skin needling,” for its tattoo-like treatment of drooping skin areas such as the face and neck. Though many are skeptical of skin-needling and its supposed effects, practitioners are making a compelling case that their techniques are grounded in the same skin science that drives other less-intimidating skin rejuvenation treatments.

The aim of skin needling is to activate dormant “collagen” stores beneath surface tissue, a protein known to improve skin appearance and firmness as well as reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Collagen is primarily used by the body in healing, thus many modern skin treatments such as Fraxel or IPL PhotoFacial use light to produce enough superficial damage to the dermis to trigger a healing without risking actual harm. Skin needling works on the same principles but a thin needle is the collagen catalyst instead of focused beam of light.

How does skin-needling feel to the uninitiated? “Shocking at first, you’re a little bit stunned, and it’s the noise,” Bernadette Ruggiero relayed to CBS KPHO news reporters regarding her first needling session at a clinic near Scottsdale, Arizona. “I think the concept of it is needles on your skin freaks people out. It freaked me out a little bit, but, [it’s] fine.”

During a skin-needling treatment a cluster of thirteen tiny needles shallowly puncture skin 1,800 times a minute. Though some compare the sensation of the needles to rubbing coarse sandpaper across their skin, most treatments involve the application of numbing creams to keep physical discomfort to a minimum. Treatments typically range between fifteen minutes to an hour depending on the area of treatment.

While shocking nature of the procedure itself is responsible for much of skin needling's recent fame, experts say the actual skin rejuvenation process largely occurs after patients have returned home. Needled skin sometimes takes the appearance of cat scratches, but special creams containing vitamins A and C help the treatment area heal quicker and diminishes lingering tenderness. After skin mends the waiting begins as the full results only begin to manifest a few months after treatment.

So why are customers lining up for such a startling and slow-acting procedure? Most locations offering needle therapy promise results that last upwards of a decade, an attractive feature considering other skin treatments such as Botox last only three to six months. Also, unlike its more technologically or chemically-inclined peers, the only major risk of needling is infection.

Skin needling will run the average customer close to five-hundred dollars or more a session, but it can take up between three and six sessions, delivered at intervals of two to six weeks, for full effect. Though the technique certainly isn’t for the faint of heart, many early adopters are pleased will their results say they’d seriously consider purchasing touch-up treatments in the future.

If you’re interested in learning about skin-needling or other collagen-inducing skin treatments, contact New Image Specialists today! Our knowledgeable team of customer liaisons will help match you with a certified skincare specialist in a city near you!

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