Dermal Needling


Dermal Needling also known as Collagen Channeling and Collagen Induction Therapy is a cosmetic procedure that is slowly and gradually gaining recognition worldwide. Dermal Needling was discovered over a decade ago for treating acne scars. The modus operandi includes a precise instrument with fine needle that is rolled over the skin creating tiny micro punctures. By doing so, several pores on the surface of the skin are opened up. This particular treatment is effective in reducing skin pigmentation, wrinkles, and sun damage spots and of course, scars.

Generally speaking, a dermal needling procedure can be mildly discomforting; however, a cream for numbing the skin is applied to ease the pain. It usually takes about an hour for the procedure to finish.  In order to meet optimal results, most patients will usually have to go through 4 to 6 treatments, and these treatments are performed at an interval of 6 to 8 weeks.  Also remember that recovery time for dermal needling is around 3 to 7 days.

How does Dermal Needling help in Scar Removal?

dermal-needling-processAll those people who want to look younger or wish to treat their imperfect skin opt for dermal needling procedure. One of the key skin imperfections includes visible scars on face and neck. Therefore, men and women of all ages prefer treating their scars with the help of dermal needling.

Dermal needling is a leading clinical choice for reduction of scars. It is, undoubtedly, one of the most preferred ways for scar reduction, and has gained enormous popularity and credibility over the years.

The treatment usually begins by first applying anesthetic cream on the scar an hour prior to the treatment. Once the scar related skin area gets numb, the skin roller armed with surgical needles is rolled over the scars multiple times to induce thousands of microscopic injuries to the skin. These needles are punctured at intervals of 2-3 millimeters. This puncture literally breaks down collagen and scar tissue, and allows new tissues to form. It is these new tissues that help in filling up the scars and reduce undulations in the skin. This particular part of the procedure takes about 2 hours, and is apparently the longest part of the entire procedure.

After dermal needling, to further enhance the effects of dermal needling and collagen production, some specialists even add topical retinoid.


Side-effects are rare; however, some patients may suffer from unpleasant side effects such as swelling around the treated areas, bruising of skin that may last for a week and a brief change in skin color. Dermal needling is supposedly known to be one of the safest ways to treat scars, and is also an affordable alternative to other invasive ways.


Final Word

It is important to check with a qualified skin expert for more information on dermal needling. Dermal needling is effective but it also has known yet rare side effects. And, therefore, it is profoundly important to check with a dermatologist and set your expectations accordingly.

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