Whether you hate them or can tolerate them, needles are a potential way to look younger. Check out Part Two of our interview with Dr. Marotta on skin needling:

What are the actual benefits of skin needling?

The treatment stimulates new collagen and elastin growth in the surrounding skin. New collagen and elastin production is the goal of all skin resurfacing and rejuvenation treatments, as this is what produces that young and smooth appearance.

Once initiated, new collagen production can continue for up to 12 months, resulting in an improvement in skin firmness and texture as well as a softening and lifting of scars and wrinkles.

Any celebrity fans?

It is said that Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are fans of the procedure.

How soon do you start to see results?

You can expect to see initial progress within a few days, though the underlying process of skin improvement continues for months after treatments. There also may be some bruising/swelling for a few days after treatment.

How much does it cost?

The cost of skin needling depends on the areas treated. Lager areas (such as the forehead or cheeks) can run approximately $250-$300 per session. Areas such as the lips and chin can cost approximately $150 per session.

Who's the ideal patient?

The best candidates for skin needling are people from the age of 25 to 65. Ideally people in their 30's who are starting to develop the early signs of aging. Skin needling will plump up fine lines and boost collagen production. It can also effectively treat skin that has been scarred from injury, acne and even burns. Some people have even seen amazing results on stretch marks as well.

Any additional advice for women considering the procedure?

If you are considering skin needling, I would suggest that you do your research and know exactly what the procedure will entail. Additionally, it is sometimes recommended to prepare for the process by applying topical formulas for a week or more before the procedure. The most commonly recommended topicals are vitamin A (typically as retinaldehyde, retinol or retinyl palmitate), retinoids (such as tretinoin) and vitamin C. The rationale behind such pretreatment is to maximize the synthesis of collagen and elastin.

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