One of our favorite treatments that sometimes gets us weird looks is microneedling. The idea of needles puncturing your face might give you the chills, but this is a tried and true treatment. Some of the best results can come from this straightforward treatment. Plus, the fact that you can customize it and that it gives your favorite products a better chance at absorption makes microneedling a powerhouse treatment. Keep reading to learn about microneedling, and how it differs from its at-home counterpart: derma rolling.
During a microneedling treatment, your skin is cleansed and prepped by a professional. All makeup and debris is removed, and then a numbing agent is applied to the area to be treated. The needles in a microneedling treatment can be long (.5mm to 2 mm), which allows for deeper penetration of the skin. This allows us to treat stretch marks and scarring.
Derma rollers, because they are sold to the general public, are shorter in length. This means they’re better to help your products absorb better, but they might not help heal those scars you’re looking to smooth.
Safety is a concern when it comes to needles, especially since the treatment is designed to create small holes in the skin. Microneedling is done by a trained professional who knows what questions to ask to best avoid complications. Microneedling tools like dermapens, are also kept in good condition and cleaned when used by professionals.
Derma rollers depend on you to know what your skin can handle. If you don’t have a knowledge of skincare, or are using certain products, you might cause more damage to your skin. Bent needles or derma rollers that aren’t properly cleaned can spread infection or cause wounds to your skin.
Treatment prices vary widely for microneedling treatments, mostly because you can customize them (as with the “vampire facial”). They can cost from $100 to $700 for one treatment, and you will likely need to go back for three or more to see the best results.
Dermarollers can be found online or in beauty stores for as little as $10. It’s worth doing your research to make sure that the cost of a dermaroller isn’t counteracted by a lack of knowledge. We would hate to see more damaged skin come from a misused dermaroller.
If you want to learn more about microneedling, call us today at (303) 761-7797 to schedule a consultation.