Why You Should Never Attempt Microneedling at Home
Microneedling is a highly effective medical treatment for reducing fine lines, tightening lax facial skin, eliminating hyperpigmentation (dark spots), and getting rid of acne scars. But, like any medical treatment, microneedling should only be performed by a licensed medical provider. Microneedling attempted at home, or in a salon, is much less effective and far less safe than having it performed by a trained and licensed technician in a medical setting.
In this article Medical Aesthetics Ann Arbor explains why microneedling should not be attempted at home, or by someone who is not a licensed medical professional.
Microneedling is a Medical Procedure
Keep in mind that microneedling treatment involves creating hundreds of tiny pricks in the skin using micro-fine needles. By creating tiny “wounds” in the skin, microneedling activates the body’s healing process- which stimulates the skin’s collagen and elastin production.
Any time the skin is pierced – no matter how small – there is the potential for infection, scarring or other skin damage. Only a medical professional performing the procedure in a sterile, clinical environment can ensure that you will not end up with an infection, skin damage, or even transmission of a disease from another patient.
Microneedling Needle Sizes Differ
The fine needles used in Microneedling range from a length of .25mm all the way up to 3mm.
However, most “over the counter” microneedling dermarollers available to consumers only have very short needles that are only from 0.25 to .5mm in length.
Professionally trained and licensed medical microblading facilities use needles that are much longer – ranging from 1 mm to 3 mm. This means they penetrate the skin more deeply – which is what actually stimulates the deeper layers of the skin to produce collagen and elastin. Superficial microneedling with short needles does not offer the same skin regeneration effects.
And, even if you do get your hands on the longer microneedling needles, without medical training you could cause skin damage or infection – not to mention a lot of pain.
Microneedling is Not Safe for Everyone
While Microneedling treatments can yield amazing results for most people, there are a small number of patients for whom microneedling can cause mild to significant problems. Patients with certain medical conditions, bleeding or scarring disorders, or who are taking certain medications may not be safe candidates for microneedling.
Microneedling treatments can also aggravate, rather than help, certain conditions such as eczema, rosacea, and active acne outbreaks.
For this reason patients should always schedule a skin care consultation at a licensed medical facility before starting microneedling, in order to ensure they are a good candidate for the procedure.
Ann Arbor’s Best Microneedling
Whether you are fighting the signs of aging, or have dark spots, wrinkles, lines or acne scars you wish to eliminate, schedule a microneedling appointment at our Ann Arbor Med Spa and we’ll help you determine if microneedling can help you achieve your appearance goals!
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