5 Things I Wish I'd Known Before Trying Micro-Needling



Before we get any further, let me just put this out there: You can group me in the "down for anything" category when we're talking beauty. I'll try pretty much try whatever—especially if its alleged benefits aid one of my many skin concerns. At the top of my list is acne scars. These pleasant little marks decided to make their presence known in my life when I was 23. I've been dealing with them ever since and am game to try every fading, brightening, and lightening treatment under the sun. 

A 2009 study of one such method—micro-needling—revealed that almost 100% of participants reported a noticeable difference and vast improvement in the appearance of their acne scars after a treatment. This solid fact was all I needed to say yes. To give you a little context, a micro-needling treatment is a procedure that uses a bunch of tiny needles to puncture the very first layer of skin. This process works to rejuvenate your skin by boosting collagen production, which in turn, reduces the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, and elevates the overall texture of your skin.

The particular micro-needling treatment was done with a tool called the Vivace. "What excited me about the Vivace was of course the combination of radiofrequency and micro-needling, but more so how precisely, cleanly, and deeply it could deliver both. Finally, you add in blue and red LED, and you have a trifecta of modalities to treat multiple skin concerns," explains Gabe Lubin, founder of Cartessa Aesthetics. "Physicians can select the exact depth best for each patient's skin type and condition and use robotic precision delivery to go as deep as 3.5mm at .1mm increments—no other device can." Blue light is helpful for those who suffer from acne as the light and heat targets bacteria and reduces acne scarring.

Sejal Shah, MD, who performed my procedure, told me the biggest benefit of micro-needling is its ability to radically enhance the texture of your skin. "Micro-needling is a collagen-stimulating treatment great for general skin rejuvenation. It treats textural issues dealing with pores, acne scars, wrinkles, tightening sagging skin, and more," Shah explained to me while my numbing cream settled in. Then I laid down to begin the treatment. If you're considering micro-needling, this is every good and maybe-not-so pleasant thing I think you should know.