Microneedling, also known as collagen induction therapy, has gained significant popularity in recent years as a minimally invasive and effective treatment for improving skin texture and appearance. By stimulating the natural production of collagen and elastin, microneedling can help reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars, and other skin imperfections. As the founder of London and Surrey Aesthetics, I have seen first-hand the transformative results that microneedling can provide when performed correctly. This article aims to inform readers about the key differences between at-home microneedling and professional microneedling treatments, enabling them to make the best decision for their skin’s needs.
Microneedling At-Home vs Professional Microneedling
At-home microneedling typically involves the use of derma rollers, stamps or derma pens, which are handheld devices equipped with small, fine needles. These devices create micro-channels in the skin, prompting the body’s natural healing response and promoting the production of collagen and elastin.
Whilst these appear to be cost effective and convenient, they unfortunately vary in quality and can often damage the skin. Many rollers found on popular websites, have too many needles, penetrate too deeply and damage the skin. Some are not even made of high enough quality materials. Most should only penetrate a small amount, but it appears there has been an influx of derma rollers that are now going much deeper. This is very worrying as not only will it damage skin, it will also potentially cause scarring and infection. In addition, many don’t clean the equipment properly and then cause further issues with infection.
Dermal stamps are a better at home option than rollers because they are more gentle and there is less chance of using the incorrect technique. They should only be a maximum of 0.25mm in depth. Certainly at home stamp treatments can be helpful to maintain any effects from professional treatments.
Overall, it is better to seek professional advice from trained aesthetic clinicians when it comes to microneedling. This is because they use medical-grade equipment, giving precise administration of treatment, and these clinicians know how to protect your skin from damage whilst getting the best results.
Medical grade treatments can also be given with sterile serums which results in even better correction of multiple skin complaints, from acne, scarring, hair loss, pigmentation and dull or dry complexion. These serums can be part of a bespoke package of care based on a thorough assessment of your skin type and concerns.
Tailored treatments specific to your skin concerns allow the best possible outcomes. Strict protocol for cleanliness and treatment depth, mean much less risk of infection or other complications.
Professional aesthetic clinicians can assess your skin type, concerns, and goals to create a customized microneedling treatment plan. This personalized approach allows for more effective targeting of specific skin issues and ensures the best possible outcomes.
By consulting with a professional aesthetic clinician, such as those at London and Surrey Aesthetics, you can receive personalized advice and develop a tailored treatment plan that meets your specific needs.
We invite you to book a consultation with our expert team and take the first step towards achieving the radiant, healthy skin you deserve.