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June 27, 2018
One of the latest trends micro-needling, or dermarolling, has made its way into the homes of beauty enthusiasts everywhere. If your not in the loop, micro-needling is to induce collagen production by rolling small needles over the skin causing micro-wounds in the skin, then the body fills the holes with collagen, leaving the epidermis intact. With micro-needling, you can improve acne scars and reduce wrinkles, even pigmentation and more, sounds great right? As mentioned this is being done at home as well as in treatment rooms of estheticians. Let's explore both sides to determine if micro-needling is best performed in the treatment room.
At home, micro-needling devices or derma rollers can be quite successful. Users experience a reduction of wrinkles when used a minimum of three times per week for at least 30 days. One benefit of taking the treatment home is an increase in the effectiveness of your skin care products, and there is no downtime. Bonus right? The length of the needles in the at-home versions range from 0.2mm-1.5mm in length, the length of the needle will depend on what you're treating. You're at home derma rollers can range from $8 to $200, so it is a cost-effective means of this skin therapy.
Now, with a certified technician or Dermatologist, who are typically using a micro-needling pen that uses up to 3.0mm length needles, you can get a more noticeable result in just one visit. With this length of needle, the technician or Dermatologist can penetrate at a much deeper level. With this procedure there will be downtime, some light bleeding and you will require some numbing cream to keep discomfort to a minimum. The cost can range from $200 to $1000 per treatment, which can certainly put a dent in the financials.
Which is better, let us review the benefits or lack thereof of each version of micro-needling. Now we know at home derma rollers can be relatively cheap, but let's consider effectiveness and cleanliness of the at home version. Not all rollers are made from high-quality surgical needles, not to mention; I don't think that just everyone has the means of sterilizing their roller between each use. When we look at the effectiveness, even the longer needles of the DIY versions go only 50% of the depth of their professional counterparts. Therefore most at home derma roller's users are just scratching the surface in the most literal sense. Bottom line, we would rather have a professional perform collagen therapy as opposed to potentially harming their skin or creating grounds for infection. You also risk some of the needles breaking and getting lodges under your skin with some of the cheaper rollers. Do be sure that if you decide to have a certified professional perform the treatment, ask the right questions when you go in for your consultation. Ask about their machine, as well as their sterilization procedures.
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