Microneedling for Men at a Glance
Microneedling is an anti-aging therapy that punctures the skin with needles.
The needle punctures initiate a process that stimulates the production of collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid.
This treatment is particularly suitable for men, as it repairs and rejuvenates the skin that is often subjected to the stresses of shaving and environmental factors.
Prior to the treatment, a local anesthetic cream is applied to ensure comfort during the procedure.
A typical Microneedling session usually lasts around 30 minutes, with the numbing cream needing approximately 30 minutes to take effect before the treatment begins.
For optimal results, it is recommended to undergo Microneedling every 4–6 weeks, with an initial series of approximately 3–6 treatments. Afterward, regular maintenance sessions can be performed every 6–12 months to sustain the results.
The cost of a facial Microneedling treatment starts at approximately €290 (indicative price, individual billing according to German Fee Schedule GOÄ).
Microneedling for Men
Microneedling is my preferred anti-aging therapy. As a professional, I regularly undergo various treatments like Botox, hyaluronic acid, skin boosters, and more. However, there is nothing I enjoy and do as frequently as Microneedling. Every 6–8 weeks, I lay down on the treatment bed for this procedure. The older I get, the more I swear by it. I have shared my own Microneedling experiences numerous times, whether on this website, Instagram, as a standalone treatment, or in combination with PRP.
Microneedling is ideal for men too. Daily shaving and environmental factors can heavily impact men’s skin. Additionally, men’s skin tends to age faster than women’s skin after the age of 35. It requires special repair and regeneration, making Microneedling perfectly suitable.
In my practice in Munich, I now treat a significant number of male patients with Microneedling. The experiences I have had with Microneedling for men have been consistently positive. The overall skin condition has significantly improved for all of them. Acne scars have visibly faded. In this report, I would like to share some of my experiences with Microneedling for men.
Microneedling is capable of repairing structural damage to the skin, offering much more than creams and lotions. While it may not smooth out wrinkles as effectively as Botox, based on my experience, Microneedling is still effective in reducing fine lines and wrinkles. The significant advantage of Microneedling over Botox or hyaluronic acid is that it actually rejuvenates the skin. The treated area not only appears younger but also becomes younger.
Brightening Under-Eye Circles with Microneedling
As mentioned earlier, Microneedling stimulates skin regeneration, medically referred to as “collagen induction.” Microneedling provokes the formation of new collagen and elastin fibers. Collagen is an essential component of the subcutaneous tissue and connective tissue, providing skin firmness and elasticity. By renewing collagen fibers, skin damage such as scars can be repaired.
Additionally, the additional collagen helps thicken very thin skin, effectively addressing issues such as dark under-eye circles. I have treated several patients in my practice who have undergone Microneedling specifically for under-eye circles.
Microneedling has long been popular among women. It has been shown to be effective in treating stretch marks, visible tissue tears that often occur after pregnancy. Microneedling also has a rejuvenating effect on the face, as new collagen contributes to a beautiful complexion and a fresh glow.
Microchannels in the Skin
Contrary to what one might assume, Microneedling does not cause injuries to the epidermis (outermost layer of the skin). Instead, the needle punctures gently separate the epidermal cells, creating fine microchannels that close approximately 30 minutes later. While these channels are open during the Microneedling procedure, substances such as PRP, hyaluronic acid, or Micro Botox can be delivered into deeper layers of the skin.
The fact that Microneedling does not injure the epidermis has several advantages. There is no risk of wound healing or pigmentation disorders, setting Microneedling apart from other skin rejuvenation procedures such as peeling or ablative laser resurfacing. Negative experiences with Microneedling are therefore rare when the procedure is performed correctly. I strongly advise against attempting Microneedling at home.
Microneedling and Men’s Skin
Microneedling is particularly interesting for men’s skin. Men’s skin contains significantly more collagen than women’s skin. Additionally, the collagen fibers in men’s skin do not run parallel but form a network, making it firmer and more robust in younger years. Men’s skin also ages slower than women’s skin until the age of 30.
Men’s Skin Ages Later but Then Faster
However, thereafter, the decline is rapid. The production of new collagen fibers slows down around the age of 35, leading to a decrease in the skin’s firmness. Elasticity is reduced, and the previously supportive collagen framework becomes rigid, contributing to the aging process. Deep wrinkles become more prominent, and under-eye circles and bags become more noticeable.
Oily Skin and Large Pores
Men’s skin is also oilier and more prone to large pores due to higher sebum production compared to female skin. While men may experience less dryness and require less skincare due to the abundant sebum supply, they are more prone to oily skin and larger pores.
Based on my experience, Microneedling is an effective therapy for all these concerns. By stimulating collagen synthesis, it revitalizes the skin. Supportive collagen fibers are renewed, resulting in improved skin firmness and elasticity. Skin irregularities and minor wrinkles are diminished. Microneedling accomplishes what the male body becomes less capable of naturally after the age of 35. When combined with micro-Botox, Microneedling also proves to be an effective treatment for large pores and oily skin. This is discussed in the following video.
Recommended Frequency of Microneedling
The recommended frequency of Microneedling sessions depends on individual skin conditions and desired outcomes. Typically, it is advised to undergo Microneedling every 4–6 weeks. This allows sufficient time for the skin to regenerate and produce new collagen between sessions.
For optimal results, I recommend an initial series of approximately 3–6 treatments, depending on the skin type and condition. Following this, regular maintenance sessions can be conducted every 6–12 months to sustain the results.
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About the Author:
Dr. med. univ. Eva Maria Strobl is the owner of LIPS and SKIN Aesthetic Medicine practice in Munich. She is a trained specialist in general medicine (MedUni Vienna) and has over 10 years of specialization in non-surgical aesthetic procedures. Dr. Strobl is a member of the German Society for Aesthetic Botulinum Therapy e.V. (DGBT), the German Society of Anti-Aging Medicine e.V. (GSAAM) and of Network Global Health. She publishes regularly on her blog and on DocCheck.