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Does microneedling have a role in aesthetics?

SAN DIEGO – When Jill S. Waibel, MD, first saw a dermal roller microneedling device around 2004, it reminded her of a weapon that might be conjured up by the character Dr. Kaufman, a professional assassin who appeared in the 1997 James Bond film, “Tomorrow Never Dies.”

“I’m thinking, that thing looks super painful,” Dr. Waibel said at the annual Masters of Aesthetics Symposium.

First described in 1995 in Dermatologic Surgery (1995 Jun;21[6]:543-9), microneedling is a percutaneous collagen-induction therapy that involves rolling or gliding a needling device across the skin. The process creates thousands of vertical channels of injury, which triggers a healing response. “There’s no heat, no chromophore like a laser; there’s no coagulation of collagen,” said Dr. Waibel, a dermatologist with the Miami Dermatology and Laser Institute. “It’s a simple, office-based procedure that lasts 10-20 minutes.”

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