Microneedling: What is it and what does it treat?

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Many safe and effective medical treatments can help you achieve healthy, glowing, and vibrant skin. One of the most popular is microneedling, and rightfully so. Microneedling is great for all skin types light to dark and is a great collagen induction therapy to boost your collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid naturally. Thus, restoring your natural, youthful radiance. Providers at Youthful Obsession use microneedling to successfully treat fine lines and wrinkles, skin tightening, hyperpigmentation, acne scarring, stretch marks, and more.

What is Microneedling?

Microneedling is a collagen induction therapy that also generates elastin, hyaluronic acid, and essential nutrients to the skin. When your skin experiences an injury, your immune system sends blood cells packed with healing, rejuvenating compounds to the wound. Collagen and elastin are two such essential elements that the body relies on to heal dermatological injuries. Read more about Collgen here.

The Science in Microneedling

The tiny injuries created during microneedling stimulate the body's immune response: a coagulation cascade that includes essential proteins, platelets, fibrin, fibroblasts, elastin, and collagen.

  • Platelets release growth factors, which promote healing and tissue regeneration.
  • Fibrin and fibroblast provide support to the epidermis.
  • Fibroblasts secrete collagen and elastin proteins.

Once this repair process is complete, the micro-injury heals, and the skin is left revitalized from the inside out.

Types of Microneedling

There are several forms of microneedling. Microneedling with a dermal roller allows you to puncture the stratum corneum (top layer of epidermis), which allows serums to penetrate a little deeper in the epidermis.

Microneedling with a dermal pen, like SkinPen® or Cytopen®, allow for more control over speed and depth. These pens can penetrate 0.5mm-3mm into the skin. This means they penetrate through the epidermis to the dermal skin layer and stimulate collagen deeper to reveal better results.

Radio-frequency (RF) microneedling takes it a step further. Utilizing 49 titanium, gold-plated insulated needles, RF microneedling devices, like GeniusRF, create microchannels and deliver RF energy to the deep dermis. This triggers long-term dermal remodeling, neoelastagenesis (formation of new elastin), and neocollagenesis (formation of new collagen).

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Conditions Microneedling Treats

  • Skin texture
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Skin tone- hyperpigmentation, like sunspots, brown spots, and melasma
  • Scar tissue and acne scarring
  • Stretch marks
  • Skin tightening
  • Hyperhidrosis (excess sweating)

As previously mentioned, microneedling regenerates your natural collagen and elastin production. This leaves you with smoother skin texture and can reduce fine lines and wrinkles. RF microneedling works well for skin tightening. In fact, the GeniusRF works well at reducing the appearance of jowls, marionette lines, undereye bags, crows feet, forehead lines, angry lines (11's), accordion lines, vertical lip lines (smoker lines), and the submental crease (line under the bottom lip above the chin). GeniusRF is a fabulous option for skin tightening of the neck, arms, legs, abdomen, and buttocks. Since microneedling stimulates your body's production of new healthy skin cells, it can treat skin tone well. Hyperpigmentation, like sunspots, brown spots, and melasma, are minimized or erased. The shear act of the microneedles penetrating the skin break up thick scar tissue caused by acne scarring, surgeries, and other traumas to the skin. New blood vessels form in this area, bathing the scar tissue in the essential nutrients needed to repair the skin, thus generating new healthy skin where the scar tissue once was. Stretch marks are also treated with microneedling for the same reason scars are. Hyperhidrosis or excess sweating of the face, axillary space (armpits), hands, and feet can be treated with microneedling.


Microneedling results in deep healing, as well as smoother, plumper, more youthful-looking skin. Because microneedling treatments occur at the cellular level, they are especially effective at treating dermatologic concerns like skin tone and texture, fine lines and wrinkles, scarring, stretch marks, skin tightening, and hyperhidrosis.

Microneedling is FDA approved. It is safe and effective and can be used on the face, neck, and other areas of the body.

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