Wrinkles, acne scars, enlarged pores, and stretch marks can make people feel self-conscious about the uneven appearance of their skin. Dermatologists have a variety of devices and medications at their disposal to help improve these skin conditions—from lasers to chemical peels to microdermabrasion. Another minimally invasive option is microneedling, a nonsurgical procedure that’s performed in a dermatologist’s office.
Though the thought of needles may make you cringe, microneedling is not painful. Doctors generally apply a topical anesthetic cream beforehand to help numb the area being treated. It has few side effects other than temporary redness and swelling post-treatment. Microneedling typically has a shorter recovery time compared to the lasers or chemical peels that are also used to help resurface the skin and improve its texture.
At Yale Medicine Dermatology, microneedling is offered to treat a variety of cosmetic skin conditions. “The way our skin looks is a big part of how people perceive us,” says Kathleen Suozzi, MD, aesthetics director for Yale Medicine Dermatology. “Patients have high satisfaction when they can improve the appearance of their skin and eliminate signs of aging. Microneedling is one tool we use to achieve results.”