There are a multitude of lasers, skin products, and treatments for trying to take away fine lines on the face. Microneedling is a fairly new technique that uses very fine needles to poke microscopic holes in the skin. This stimulates the body’s natural ability to grow collagen to repair fine lines and even out skin tone. Microneedling is often used in conjunction with stem cell-derived skin products, chemical peels, or platelet-rich plasma to create an even more dramatic result. The advantage of microneedling over laser resurfacing is that there is little to no down time. Immediately after the treatment, your skin will look like you have a mild sunburn. This improves and can be covered up with makeup 6 hours after the treatment. Microneedling is also safer than lasers to use in those with darker skin tones.
What can microneedling be used for?
- Fine lines on the face especially around the eyes and mouth
- Linear scars
- Acne scars
- Skin discoloration
- Stretch marks
What is the difference between microneedling vs. using a dermaroller?
Using a dermaroller at home is similar to microneedling in the office. There are, however, several key distinctions. The first is that the angle that the needle enters the skin with a microneedling pen is more uniform than with a dermaroller since the pen is always at a perpendicular angle to the skin surface. A dermaroller needle enters and leaves the skin at different angles creating variable results. The depth of skin penetration can also be adjusted based on the area being treated. The eyes often need a shallower depth than the cheeks or body.
It is also important to note that the tips of a microneedling pen are individually packed in sterile packages, whereas the dermaroller has to be cleaned with alcohol after each treatment. The needles of the dermaroller quickly become dull requiring replacement of the needles. If this isn’t done it can create scarring.