When skin is youthful, the body produces plentiful collagen to keep the skin firm, smooth, and elastic. As we age, however, collagen production slows down and we begin to lose the existing collagen in the skin. Collagen is a structural protein that acts as a scaffold for the skin, so as we age, our skin begins to sag and wrinkle, causing the classic signs of aging many people dread. Fortunately, the body is still capable of renewing collagen and other essential compounds of the skin as we age—it just needs a little more help and encouragement to do so. There are many excellent, non-invasive, and minimally invasive skin treatments that can increase collagen production and reduce signs of aging. One of these treatments is known as micro-needling, an effective procedure that can help rejuvenate the facial skin over time.

Micro-needling treatments involve the use of a Rejuvapen™ tool to administer tiny needle pinpricks to the facial skin in order to encourage the body's natural healing responses. The needles are so tiny that the pricks are barely noticeable, but the skin responds to these injuries by producing new tissues that will rejuvenate the skin. Since the tool creates these pinpricks evenly, tissues throughout the face restore themselves simultaneously for comprehensive anti-aging. Micro-needling can address a number of different skin problems, including:

  • Skin tone and texture
  • Large pores
  • Skin elasticity and firmness
  • Lines and wrinkles
  • Sun damage
  • Acne scars
  • Scars from surgery or trauma

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While micro-needling cannot produce anti-aging results that compare to a surgical procedure, patients can see significant improvement in the facial skin with a simple, minimally invasive procedure that requires little to no downtime. Benefits are improved skin tone and texture, more youthful skin, and improved skin health. Patients also often experience a boost in confidence levels once the results of the treatment become apparent.

Micro-Needling Consultation

Every patient who is interested in micro-needling should begin by scheduling a consultation at the Emory Aesthetic Center. At this time, our experienced cosmetic surgeons and licensed aestheticians will assess your skin concerns, then discuss your priorities and goals to see if micro-needling will help you reach those goals. Our providers may suggest other treatment options if they are more appropriate for meeting your needs.

Use your consultation as an opportunity to learn more about minimally invasive skin treatments. You should come prepared to ask questions, as our experts are a wealth of information and can help you make a decision about your treatment plan.

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Micro-Needling Candidates

Micro-needling is a safe and effective treatment for many patients, however it is not right for every person seeking anti-aging results. Good candidates for micro-needling are adults in good health who are struggling with poor skin quality and early signs of aging, and would like to see subtle but significant results from a minimally-invasive procedure. Patients should be realistic about the results that can be achieved without surgical intervention.

For safety reasons, current and recent Accutane users, people who have had skin radiation within the past year, people with skin disease, pregnant women, or a history of keloid and hypertrophic scarring or poor wound healing are not eligible for micro-needling procedures.

Micro-Needling Procedure

To keep patients comfortable during the procedure, a topical anesthesia is applied to the treatment area about 45 minutes to an hour before the procedure begins. The skin will be numb during the treatment, which takes about 30 minutes to complete. The Rejuvapen™ is used to make the tiny pinpricks in the skin thoroughly and evenly. Once this is complete, a growth solution will be applied to the treated area to stimulate tissue rejuvenation. Finally, a calming serum is used to help reduce discomfort following the procedure.

Micro-Needling Recovery

Skin irritation can be expected for the first day or two after the micro-needling procedure, but this will subside quickly. Patients will also see some redness in the skin over the first two or three days, which can be camouflaged immediately using Emory's specially formulated oxygenetix makeup. Patients will start to notice some degree of improvement in the skin right away, and results will gradually become more apparent in the weeks following treatment.

Micro-Needling FAQs

While the skin will be punctured during the procedure, there will be little to no bleeding as a result of the micro-needling treatment. Deeper treatments are, of course, more likely to produce bleeding, but the pricks are so tiny that this is an uncommon side effect.

Ideally, micro-needling treatments will be spaced about four weeks.

Micro-needling is a very safe procedure overall, and as long as you are a good candidate for the procedure, there are very few side effects and risks aside from slight swelling, redness, and tenderness. These are normal during the first few days after the treatment and quickly resolve.

We recommend that patients plan to have a minimum of four treatments to see the desired results. Additionally, one treatment should be performed every month to ensure the best results are maintained. This means that the initial course of treatment will be completed in about three to four months.


Unlike many skin treatments that carry risks of skin discoloration, micro-needling is safe for all skin types, and can be a great skin rejuvenation technique for darker skin.

Topical anesthesia is used prior to treatment to minimize (or even eliminate) any pain and discomfort from the micro-needling process. Most patients do not experience any discomfort during the treatment.

After the initial suggested series of four treatments, patients should consider yearly "booster" treatments to help maintain the results of the treatment. Micro-needling is a great way to "turn back the clock" and slow down the aging process without surgical intervention.

The pricks created during the micro-needling treatment close within a few hours of the procedure, making the risk of infection extremely low. Healthy patients do not need to be concerned about developing an infection as a result of micro-needling.

Since the body does all the work repairing the skin after micro-needling treatments, results begin to appear gradually. Patients can expect to see some results right away, with more defined improvement occurring in the weeks following treatment, and after subsequent sessions.