Microneedling is the latest trend in cosmetic enhancements. So easy you can do it yourself. But is it?
MICRONEEDLING AT HOME
There are currently micro needling at-home kits you can easily purchase on the market. When you do it yourself, you are, in essence, just getting a microdermabrasion procedure which is just the light exfoliation of dead skin cells on your face. It’s not the same level as in an office setting where micro-needling is much more in-depth.
The word microneedling has “needle” in it for a reason: the tool used for this procedure has multiple needle heads to create puncture wounds in your skin, which is the primary process of stimulating collagen. “Micro” as most of us know is the Latin word for “small.” Hence, a micro-needling procedure uses tiny needles.
WHAT ARE THE EFFECTS OF A MICRO-NEEDLING PROCEDURE?
MicroNeedling has been shown to be very effective in diminishing wrinkles and lines, rejuvenating the skin, and treating acne scars.
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MICRO NEEDLING AT HOME AND MICRONEEDLING IN AN OFFICE SETTING?
When you do-it-yourself, you are in essence just getting a microdermabrasion procedure, which is the light exfoliation of dead skin cells on your face. It’s not the same level as in an office setting. In an office setting, a microneedling procedure is much more in-depth.
THE CONS OF MICRO-NEEDLING AT HOME PROCEDURES
- The needle depths in a microneedling procedure vary so that it tailor-fits the skin condition of an individual. Also, needle depth does matter to obtain the desired results which are only available with a quality microneedling device like the one MD Pen offers.
- Micro-needling done inside a dermatologist’s or other certified practitioner’s office achieves uniformity in the procedure. On the contrary, at-home microneedling tools are hand-held and are much more subject to novice and user error.
- An office microneedling procedure uses replaceable heads on their micro-needling pens. These heads are for single use only to guarantee sterility and safety from blood-borne diseases. On the other hand, at-home microneedling devices left lying around are carelessly exposed to bacteria and other airborne substances that can cause infection.
- The at-home microneedling patient is usually unaware of contraindications or the conditions that withhold a certain medical treatment due to the harm that it would cause the patient. Such conditions to watch out for are herpes infection, acne breakout, psoriasis, rosacea flair, or an open wound. Also, micro needling is not recommended for active skin cancer patients or recent chemotherapy recipients because scarring may occur, and that defeats the whole purpose of microneedling.
- Another risk with microneedling at home procedures is the inconsistent or inappropriate technique, which can cause superficial tears in the skin, which results in scars, not collagen healing.
- Dull needles from at-home microneedling devices also can cause scarring from tearing the skin as well.
- Microneedling at home treatments also will not have as significant of an impact and effects on wrinkles and scarring as the office microneedling procedure does.
THE PROS OF MICRONEEDLING AT HOME PROCEDURES
- Much, much cheaper. You can order microneedling kits online for as low as $30; whereas an office visit will run at least $200.
- At-home microneedling stays near the surface of the skin and usually results in a brightening and rejuvenation of the skin.
If you’re going to do microneedling at home, keep the following in mind:
- Thoroughly clean the skin to reduce any possibility of infection.
- Thoroughly clean your microneedling device.
- Be cognizant of what you put on your skin directly before and after the procedure. MicroNeedling opens up the pores for better serums presentation Therefore, a rash or irritation can occur if the wrong creams, makeup, or anything else applied on the skin is not approved by a certified microneedling practitioner.
- Do not perform a microneedling procedure if you have an active skin infection, cold sores, open sores, acne breakout, or a history of keloid scarring.
- Avoid sensitive areas such as around the eyes and above the lips.
- Keep the needle depth shallow (under 1 millimeter) and don’t do more than once a month. If the bleeding that is occurring after an at-home microneedling procedure is more than a pinpoint, you’ve gone too deep.
MD Pen is a huge proponent of microneedling procedures performed by a trained microneedling practitioner using the best microneedling pen.
A microneedling procedure rejuvenates the skin through repeated micro-puncturing with tiny sterile needles that penetrate to various depths. And only a licensed practitioner can create a controlled skin injury like that to achieve the best results. Needless to say, the results from a professional microneedling procedure are far superior to the at-home microneedling procedure.
MDPen understands the importance of aftercare of a microneedling procedure. We’ve developed our skincare products specifically designed to enhance and care for your microneedling procedure. MD Pen utilizes the newest discoveries in skincare technology with its Human Derived Growth Factor Gel as well as our Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum and Cellular Renewal Serum—all containing the key ingredients to enhance your skin and keep it healthy.
MD Pen caters to microneedling procedure practitioners, offering everything from marketing materials to an online microneedling training to skincare kits put together for practitioners for their practices. We sell MDPen electric microneedling pen to replacement needles for our pens.