You may be familiar with microneedling tools—small roller-like devices with tiny needles that roll over your skin to stimulate new collagen. The trend of microneedling has been on and off the grid for the past few years (and the results have been questionable), but now it’s back.
“This time, microneedling is different because the technology has improved a great deal,” says Nashville, TN, dermatologist Michael Gold, MD. In addition to the at-home devices (like Rodan + Fields Redefine Amp MD Micro-Exfoliating Roller), the newest treatment done at doctors’ offices combines microneedle pens with radio-frequency energy. Recently, EndyMed introduced the Intensif procedure, a fractionated radio-frequency and microneedling treatment (a typical session lasts about 45 minutes) that targets depressed acne scars and wrinkles.
“I think needling is here to stay—we’re going to see more and more in years to come. It’s a great treatment for remodeling skin tissue because it destroys existing bad collagen and then replaces it with rejuvenated collagen to improve your skin,” says Dr. Gold.