What is Microneedling ?

Microneedling is a treatment done with an instrument called dermaroller or dermapen.

A dermaroller is a plastic hand held device with a drum shaped head which has 192 -540 needles all around it. These needles are 0.5 -3mm long. A dermapen is a motorized device with similar needles attached to a pen like structure. The patient’s skin is cleansed and a numbing cream applied for about an hour. The skin is cleaned with sterile aseptic solutions . The roller is then rolled on the skin till small dots of bleeding appear. The skin is cleaned off the blood spots and a vitamin C serum or hyaluronic acid is applied on the skin. The patient is advised to go home with strict sun protection. The dermatologist decides on the type of roller ie number of needles and needle length depending on the condition and area to be treated. For example 0.5mm needle length used for under eye area because the skin here is very thin. 2mm needles are used for the treatment of acne scars.

What are the benefits?

It is an office procedure, the treatment takes about 20minutes once the anaesthetic cream is wiped off.

  • No hospitalization
  • No surgery
  • Quick recovery 3-4 days
  • Inexpensive as compared to lasers etc
  • Safe in dark skin unlike lasers

Who should go for it?

  • People with acne scars
  • Traumatic scars
  • Stretch marks
  • Skin rejuvenation and skin glow
  • Platelet rich plasma or mesotherapy for hair growth is also done with microneedling.

What are the side-effects?

Redness and swelling for 2-3 days after treatment

Temporary darkening of skin if adequate sun protection is not taken after the treatment. It is best to avoid direct sunlight for 2 days.

Does it have a down time?

There is minimal downtime. It takes 1-2 days for the skin to heal.

Is one session enough ?

No, One session is not enough. 6- 8 sessions are required at one monthly intervals. So the entire treatment takes 6-8months