Micronneedling: the latest trend in cosmetic enhancements. So easy you can do it yourself. But is it?
AT-HOME MICRONEEDLING PROCEDURES
There are on the market at-home microneedling kits you can purchase. Microneedling is the use of your body’s natural repair system to stimulate collagen and elastin production as an anti-aging tool. It also can diminish the appearance of scars and stretch marks.
The word “microneedling” has needle in it for a reason: the tool 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 microneedling procedure uses small needles.
WHAT ARE THE EFFECTS OF A MICRONEEDLING 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 AT HOME MICRONEEDLING 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 AT-HOME MICRONEEDLING PROCEDURES
- The needle depths can be varied so the microneedling procedure can be tailored to the individual. Also, the depth of the needles do matter to obtain various results, which is only available with a quality microneedling pen like the ones MD Pen offer.
- Uniformity is achieved when a microneedling procedure is done at a dermatologist’s or other certified practitioner’s office. At-home devices are hand-held and are much more subject to novice and user error.
- An office microneedling procedure uses replaceable heads on their microneedling pens and these heads are only used one time, guaranteeing sterility and safety from blood-borne diseases. At home microneedling devices are often left lying around carelessly, exposed to bacteria and other airborne substances that can cause infection.
- The at-home microneedling patient is usually unaware of contraindications, which are conditions or factors that are reasons to withhold a certain medical treatment due to the harm that it would cause the patient. Such conditions in particular to watch out for when performing microneedling procedures are: herpes infection, an acne breakout, a psoriasis or rosacea flair, or an open wound. Microneedling is also not recommended for active skin cancer patients or recent chemotherapy recipients. If microneedling is performed on someone with one of these conditions, scarring may occur, which defeats the whole purpose of microneedling.
- Another risk with at-home microneedling procedures is 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.
- At-home microneedling treatments also will not have as significant of an impact and effects on wrinkles and scarring like the office microneedling procedure does.
THE PROS OF AT-HOME MICRONEEDLING 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, which can be done two to three times per week.
If you’re going to perform an at-home microneedling procedure, 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, resulting in deeper penetration. A rash or irritation can occur if the wrong creams or makeup or anything else not approved by a certified microneedling technician.
- 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 occuring after an at-home microneedling procedure is more than a pinpoint, you’ve gone too deep.
MDPen is a huge proponent of microneedling procedures under the care and guidance of a trained professional in microneedling procedures (MD Pen offers training for microneedling devices. Contact us today if interested).
Only a licensed practitioner can achieve the repeated puncturing of the skin with tiny sterile needles that penetrate to various depths in order to create a controlled skin injury to rejuvenate the skin–the way a microneedling procedure is supposed to be performed. The results from a professional microneedling procedure is far superior to the at-home microneedling procedure.
MDPen understands the importance of aftercare of a microneedling procedure. We’ve developed our own skin care products specifically designed to enhance and care for your microneedling procedure. MDPen utilizes the newest discoveries in skincare technology with its Moisture + Recovery Gel Mask with Human Growth Factors 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.
MDPen caters to microneedling procedure practitioners, offering everything from marketing materials to an online practitioner listing to special kits put together for practitioners for their practices. We sell MDPen Electric Micro Needling Pen to replacement needles for our pens to MDPen Moisture + Recovery Gel. Contact us today for all of your microneedling procedure needs.