Microneedling in facial recalcitrant melasma: report of a series of 22 cases

An Bras Dermatol. 2015 Nov-Dec;90(6):919-21. doi: 10.1590/abd1806-4841.20154748.


Melasma is a chronic skin disorder that results in symmetrical, blotchy, brownish facial pigmentation. It is more common in women than in men, it generally starts between 20 and 40 years, and it can lead to considerable embarrassment and distress. The aims of this article is to evaluate the treatment with the microneedling method in 18 female and 4 male with recalcitrant melasma. All patients demonstrated good results. In conclusion, microneedles appears to be a promising therapeutic method for melasma.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Collagen / metabolism*
  • Cosmetic Techniques*
  • Facial Dermatoses / therapy*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Melanosis / therapy*
  • Needles*
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Skin Lightening Preparations / therapeutic use
  • Time Factors
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Young Adult


  • Skin Lightening Preparations
  • Collagen