Microneedling is a treatment that creates microinjuries in the skin to produce collagen and elastin. This is done in a provider’s office, in a guided way, to prevent unintended damage from happening to the skin.
I’m sure you’ve seen those derma rollers out there and think to yourself “Wow this amazing, I don’t have to go anywhere to get microneedled, I can do it from the pleasure of my home and save money”.
Yes, microneedling can be performed at home, but, there are some risks that you should consider before doing this procedure yourself. You will be saving money in the short run, but in the long run you could end up spending more money trying to fix the damage that these at-home microneedling rollers have done to your skin. At home derma rolling is not as safe as you think. So let's jump in.
Microneedling tips are supposed to retract from the tip and go back inside, to create a “stamping effect.” This allows the needles to puncture the skin and come back out without tearing or damaging the skin at the surface and most importantly less risk of infection and bacteria entering the channels. When you’re using these rolling microneedling tools, there is a risk of infection, irritation, and scarring if too much tissue is damaged when doing this outside of a qualified professional’s office.
I’m not here to tell you what to do, I’m just here to simply teach you that microneedling done by a professional is a safer and a more effective path. The risks associated with microneedling at home outweighs the benefits!
REDUCING FINE LINES AND WRINKLES | Premature aging can present itself in different ways. One of those ways is in fine line and wrinkles. The micro-injuries caused by microneedling function as wound healing mechanisms that stimulate the production of new skin cells, collagen, and elastin fibers - all making fine lines and wrinkles less apparent.
SOFTEN SCAR APPEARANCE | Now that we know microneedling stimulates collagen and regenerates elastin, I'm happy to report that this treatment is also very effective in addressing scarring (including acne scarring). The micro-injuries caused by microneedling stimulate the skin to break down scar tissue and bring nutrients into the treated area(s).
PREVENTING ELASTICITY LOSS | Aging shows up in many forms, it doesn't just show up as wrinkles and discoloration. As we get older, our skin loses its elasticity, so it appears lax or saggy. Microneedling can change that, making your skin look less dull. Following treatment, you should expect your skin to look more radiant and glowy.
SHRINKING PORE SIZE | Microneedling does a wonderful job shrinking the appearance of those stubborn enlarged pores by stimulating collagen production around the pores, filling in that area, making it look tighter and plumper.
LIGHTENING HYPERPIGMENTATION | Another benefit of microneedling is lightening and reversing hyperpigmentation. Sun damage effects are improved thanks to the power of collagen production and its ability to repair and restore the skin.
If you want to learn more about the science and structure of your skin, check out our blog on Why Science-based Skincare will do More for Your Skin.
After 1 treatment with me, Alina noticed reduction in acne scarring, reduced pore appearance, and an overall boost in skin tone and clarity. Her skin looks softer and more youthful.
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