According to Google's Keyword Planner, more than 10,000 searches per month come into their search engine for the term micro-needling. Indeed, some of those searches are for folks wondering what "microneedling" entails, or for those seeking micro-needling reviews to determine if it is an effective treatment for acne scars.
As reported by the Times Free Press, more men are getting plastic surgery, and one of those treatments involves a micro-needle roller or other device causing tiny punctures in the skin to help stimulate collagen.
Because the process of using micro-needles can be painful, says KYTX, a numbing gel is often used. Along with the gel to address discomfort, growth factor serums or Vitamin C is also generally applied when using micro-needle treatments. The before and after results are another common search term, reports Google, from those wondering if micro-needle therapy is really worth having a roller rolled across the face.
Indeed, Amazon reports the popularity of derma rollers and micro-needling devices, which are often products that continually experience healthy sales ranks on the retailer's website. The procedure, however, has come under fire by the FDA, which issued a warning letter about the Derma Pen.
"At this time, the safe ranges of needle lengths, penetration depths, and speeds of the device are unknown; therefore, FDA has safety concerns regarding the potential for the needles to damage vessels and nerves."
Using micro-needles to improve the skin's appearance is only one of the recent methods being used by dermatologists. Other procedures include ultrasound skin tightening treatments and fractal lasers to decrease wrinkles, fine lines, and scars.
The cost of micro-needling can vary, but users may find it well worth the cost. According to the Wall Street Journal, the micro-needling process can be effective for a number of acne scars -- but generally not the "ice pick" types of acne scars.
Also the publication warns against at-home use.