Also known as collagen induction therapy, microneedling is an aesthetic skin procedure that involves puncturing the skin repeatedly with tiny sterile needles to produce cutaneous collagen. The aesthetic specialist uses a specialized device to microneedle the skin, either a manual rolling device or an automated stamping device, or microneedling pen, which is powered by a motor and can be adjusted for frequency and depth of the needles.
Microneedling helps minimize wrinkles and acne scars by stimulating the skin's natural healing processes with minimal recovery time. While home devices are available, dermatologists warn against microneedling at home due to the risk of infection and scarring.
Microneedling treatments range from $250 to $1,000 with a medical-grade device at a dermatologist's office. Patients tend to need to ice the area for several hours after therapy, but recovery is much quicker than with laser resurfacing treatments.