The idea of having needles stuck in your face may sound scary, but microneedling is a safe and effective skin-rejuvenation treatment. Let’s debunk some common myths about this popular procedure so you can decide if it’s right for you.

Microneedling creates controlled injuries that trigger new collagen production. While the procedure leaves microscopic holes in the skin, they aren’t noticeable to the naked eye and seal within hours.

It’s painful:

A numbing cream is applied before the procedure to eliminate potential pain. However, the sensation will vary depending on your skin and pain tolerance. Most people compare it to getting a tattoo, but some say it feels like a cat licking you or as if fine sandpaper is rubbed over your face.

The micro-wounds that are created during the process amp up collagen production. The trick is to trigger the fibroblast cells without damaging your skin, which makes this treatment so effective!

Some redness is expected after the procedure, and this will fade quickly. You may also notice scabs that will flake away in the coming days. It is crucial not to pick or scratch these scabs, as this can delay healing. After the treatment, you will also be more sensitive to sun exposure and chemicals. That is why avoiding any harsh products or sun exposure is best until your skin heals.

It’s invasive:

If you’re looking to reduce acne scars, microneedling can help. This treatment creates tiny wounds that stimulate collagen production. It also helps to smooth fine lines and wrinkles. It is an excellent alternative to more invasive resurfacing treatments like chemical peels and laser treatments.

While it sounds like a scary and painful procedure, it’s not. The numbing cream used before the treatment effectively reduces discomfort, and the needles are lovely, so you won’t feel much more than a light prick. A microneedling treatment session usually lasts about an hour.

While it’s true that microneedling can cause some skin damage, this isn’t a problem because the needles are so short. It is best to avoid sun exposure and exfoliating treatments before a microneedling appointment, as these can make your skin more sensitive to the treatment. Before getting a cure, discuss any medications or supplements you use with your doctor, as they may affect how well it works.

Microneedling is expensive:

While the idea of sticking needles into your face may scare you, microneedling is a relatively affordable cosmetic procedure. It is less expensive than laser treatments, for instance, and it also works on darker skin tones more effectively than other non-invasive treatments, such as LED red light phototherapy and radiofrequency.

In-office microneedling typically costs $200 – $700 per session, and most dermatologists recommend at least six sessions for optimal results. However, you can save money at home using a handheld device instead of visiting a clinic or medical spa. Just make sure you are choosing a device with high-quality needles. Cheaper devices often have lower penetration depth and could leave your skin vulnerable to infection.

A treatment review notes that 81% of those with a microneedling treatment say it was worth it, and the majority say their results were long-lasting. Some common skin concerns people use to treat include fine lines, acne scarring, hyperpigmentation, and dullness.

It’s not safe:

Microneedling can cause bruising and can be a bad idea for people with certain medical conditions such as bleeding disorders, blood-clotting issues, or cancer treatments. People with keloidal scarring (your skin forms hard, raised scars) also shouldn’t get the procedure.

During the session, your aesthetician makes tiny pricks in your skin using a pen-like tool that contains tiny needles. Your skin will likely be numbed before the treatment to eliminate or decrease pain and discomfort.

The needle pokes in your skin stimulate collagen, which reduces wrinkles and heals sun damage. It can also help minimize stretch marks and improve skin texture.

But if you have a skin condition, such as rosacea or eczema, you must inform your practitioner before getting treatment. It’s also worth asking your provider how the device is cleaned between patients and whether a new needle cartridge is used for each treatment session, as reusing cartridges can spread infection.