Microneedling

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Info

Microneedling is becoming increasingly popular – for good reason. The procedure broadly termed ‘microneedling’ can be used to treat a variety of skin conditions. The beauty of this procedure is microneedling harnesses your own body’s natural reaction of healing and can be performed at home by almost anyone.

Usually a hand-held, simple device, microneedling involves using many tiny, sterile needles that puncture the skin, causing minor physical trauma to the dermis.

This trauma (healing) response then prompts a deeper layer of skin to react in a natural restorative manner, releasing collagen among other natural responses to heal the skin.

In a clinical setting, microneedling can involve a more dramatic response by using tiny needles that are longer and can penetrate the skin at a deeper level, resulting in a more intense reaction – and better results. These microneedling devices that penetrate deeper can – and should only – be used by trained professionals in a clinical setting.

As a guide, 0.25mm long needles on a dermal roller can be used daily on the same skin area. Needles that are 0.5mm long can be used once a week on the same skin area and 1.0 mm needles can be used every 4 weeks on the same skin area. As a guide, most experts suggest the use of dermal rollers longer than 0.75 mm be used only by trained practitioners, in a clinical setting.

The other advantage of Microneedling is it is a procedure that is capable of treating a wide variety of skin-related conditions, some of the conditions include:

  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Scarring
  • Acne scars
  • Certain skin pigmentation issues
  • Stretch marks
  • Dull skin, ageing skin

The Procedure

As described above, microneedling involves fine needles that penetrate the skin’s surface to varying degrees of depth. Most microneedling devices are known as ‘rollers’, and as the name suggests, they are rollers that are hand-held and easy to use. Rollers, with needles 0.75mm and less, are generally safe to use at home, though there are some definite Do’s and Don’ts when using dermal rollers.

Do’s and Don’ts of At Home Use of Dermal Rollers (Microneedling)

Do’s of At-Home Microneedling

  • Do ensure your Derma Roller is safe to use at home (ie: 0.75mm or less).
  • Do ensure your Derma Roller is clean and sterilise after each use.
  • Do stretch your skin where you plan to treat so that it taught – allowing the roller to glide over the skin unimpeded.
  • Do add a quality serum after treatment for greater product penetration.
  • Do practice patience. The results of microneedling / derma rolling are real, but they are subtle and can take a month or two to be evident)

Do NOT’S of At-Home Microneedling

  • Do NOT use a derma roller (or any other microneedling device) if you currently have a breakout (acne / cold sore etc etc).
  • Do NOT encourage any bleeding using your at-home roller device, as this could result in an infection and /or scarring).
  • Do NOT use a dermal roller if you are prone to keloid scarring.

FAQ

Q. Where can I buy a dermal roller?
A. You can buy a quality dermal roller at your preferred skin clinic. You can also buy these online, but the quality varies greatly. A poor quality dermal roller can be at best, ineffective and at worst, dangerous due to the low quality of the stainless-steel needles.

Q. Does dermal rolling hurt?
A. The standard at-home dermal rollers may feel strange at first, but if used correctly, it is not painful – at all. A dermal roller / microneedling treatment at a professional clinic may be more invasive (using longer needles). But for these treatments you can use a skin numbing cream applied an hour before treatment, ensuring little to no discomfort.

Q. Does dermal rolling really work?
A. The short answer is, Yes. But at-home derma rolling requires regular treatments to visually see an improvement, but it absolutely does work as you are ensuring a natural body response of healing, which involves collagen, that as we all know, is always beneficial to the health and appearance of our skin.

Cost

This is the best thing about microneedling – the cost, especially if you plan to do it yourself at home. Most dermal rollers cost between $50-$200. The best place to buy your dermal roller is at your skin clinic. These hand-held devices sold by reputable skin clinics tend to be of high quality and are safe to use. Your clinician can also explain and demonstrate how to use your dermal roller safely and effectively and they can also recommend any products to use in conjunction with your dermal roller.