Everyone wants a fresh, young looking complexion without any imperfections. The cost to have your skin like that is pretty expensive right? Wrong. You don’t need to spend a fortune to have your skin looking healthier. There is a treatment that works far better than serums alone and it does it without leaving you broke. If you haven’t heard about microneedling and Dermarollers, here is what you need to know.
What Is Microneedling?
The term microneedling refers to a system that uses numerous micro needles to puncture the skin and create tiny holes to reach the dermis or lower layer of skin. These tiny little injuries make the skin react by creating collagen, a super ingredient that heals and replaces damaged cells. As we age, our body stops producing collagen, so we don’t heal as well anymore. Or our body doesn’t produce enough at the time of an injury to completely heal it, leaving scars behind. By creating tiny holes in the skin, it stimulates the collagen production again, to repair the skin even further.
Dermarollers are the hand-held devices used to apply the microneedling procedure. The device has a roller on one end which is covered in medical-grade, micro sized needles. The device is rolled across the skin while applying just enough pressure to puncture the skin. For very small areas or the delicate area around the nose or eyes, a Dermastamp or Dermapen may be used. Instead of a roller, they use a very small cluster of needles to deliver the treatment.
Collagen Induction Therapy
Microneedling is also called Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT) as it encourages the skin to produce more collagen. To get a major boost in the benefits of a microneedling session, use a collagen or a vitamin infused serum in conjunction with the procedure. Microneedling opens tiny holes that reach the dermis layer of skin. Those holes or channels only remain open for as long as one hour, then close back up to protect the skin from infections. While those channels are open, they allow the skin to readily absorb serums that are applied during the treatment.
Professional Microneedling Versus At Home Use
If you have ever received a treatment where your dermatologist used cosmetic lasers in the past, you are well aware that there is a higher degree of care and sanitation used by a professional than those used at home. The technician maintains safe sanitation practices in the area in which the procedure is performed, on the instruments, and on their self to prevent bacteria from causing infections. Most people have far less stringent cleaning processes at home, which makes the professional treatment far better by comparison. While there is more privacy at home, there are areas of the body that require a skilled hand to apply the proper pressure. Also consider that the technician is trained to use the most appropriate needle lengths safely. Needles lengths of 1.0 mm and longer should only be used by someone trained in their use to prevent accidental injury.
What Can Microneedling Treat?
Dermarollers can be used for a variety of cosmetic uses such as diminishing scars and stretch marks, reducing cellulite, and smoothing skin to remove wrinkles. It also can be used to reduce or even reverse hair loss, especially when used with Minoxidil, Rogaine, or other hair regrowth product.
How Frequently Can Microneedling Be Used?
Exactly what result you are looking for will determine the frequency in which the Dermaroller may be used. To give the facial area a fresh, healthy glow, you can use a personal microneedler once a week using the shortest needle size. For scar reduction or the fading of stretch marks, it will take several sessions to get the best results.