Gwyneth does it. Demi and Naomi do it, too.  And though it’s been around for decades, micro-needling is now enjoying a huge surge in popularity in Hollywood and beyond – and for good reason: The effects are immediate and incredible.

Because while it may sound like a painful procedure – thanks largely in part to the word ‘needle’ nestled precariously in its name – the treatment is anything but.

With just a little numbing cream and an hour, the near-painless procedure can help stimulate reparative collagen production and thicken the skin, leaving it smooth and radiant for much longer than a traditional facial.

Granted, the idea of getting needles poked into your face for the sake of age defiance can seem intimidating, but there’s no questioning the treatment’s effectiveness. The process is nearly all-natural as it simply serves to jumpstart your body’s natural collagen production which, if done regularly, can make your skin start to not act its age – think: the thick, supple, radiant skin from your 20s with beautiful tone and texture.

And the advantages to micro-needle dermabrasion are abundant. Relatively inexpensive – especially when compared to its injectable or surgical alternatives – micro-needling is quick, easy to perform, and relatively painless. It also boasts a versatility that makes it possible on all areas of the body which is not true of its alternatives.

The treatment at Skintastic is enhanced compared to standard micro-needling because we employ a Venus Viva Micropen infused with a patient customized serum – like a growth factor or Hyaluronic Acid – with use of radio frequency. The micropen makes precise, nearly invisible pokes in the skin on the face, neck and décolletage. Those tiny pokes then prompt the skin’s internal wound-healing process – the production of collagen and elastin – your body’s naturally occurring anti-aging forces. Couple the best tool on market with a custom patient serum and you have speedy, exponential benefit.

Collagen and elastin work together to give skin its shape and firmness. Collagen provides rigidity, while elastin allows your skin to stretch. Your collagen acts as your skin’s framework, giving it its strength and foundation, and your elastin allows your skin to return to its original shape after stretching or changing.

In addition to its ability to seemingly turn back the cruel hands of time, micro-needling can also clear up small bumps from clogged pores and reduce the appearance of acne scars as it thickens the skin, doesn’t use heat and is safe for all skin colors and types.

For something with the word ‘needle’ in it, the process is surprisingly relaxing – some clients have even been known to fall asleep during the procedure. So if you’ve been wincing while reading this, fear not. There’s no blood or bruising – you’ve probably had facials with more distressing extractions – and pound-for-pound, poke-for-poke, the results are unparalleled.

But just as with any procedure, be sure to do your research to find a licensed practitioner and ask a lot of questions. The cost for micro-needling can vary greatly as some practitioners may not offer a mask, growth-factor serum, numbing cream or aftercare.

Once you have the answers you need and you’re ready to kickstart your body’s natural anti-aging protein powerhouses, let the professionals at Skintastic help you feel celeb beautiful.