Microneedling is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure that treats skin concerns via collagen production. Also known as collagen induction therapy, this treatment may help those looking to reduce the appearance of acne scars and stretch marks.
It's also used in certain anti-aging procedures, such as eyelid surgery and reducing or eliminating sun spots. Microneedling isn't effective for hair loss, despite the possible role of collagen in hair growth.
You may be an ideal candidate for this procedure if you're in good health and have certain skin concerns that haven't responded to home treatments or other types of dermatologic procedures, such as peels.
Microneedling is most often used on your face to target:
- Acne Scars
- Age Spots (also called "sun spots")
- Fine Lines & Wrinkles
- Large Pores
- Other Types of Scars
- Reduced Skin Elasticity
- Uneven Skin Tone
In addition to facial concerns, microneedling is sometimes used to treat stretch marks in other areas of the body. One study found that microneedling was effective for stretch marks on the thighs and abdominal area when combined with fillers.
Scarring on other body parts may also be treated with this procedure. However, microneedling is primarily used on the face.