What is the difference between DIY and professional microneedling?

Microneedling is fast becoming one of the most popular treatments in the cosmetic industry. This collagen-boosting therapy uses a device called a microneedling machine that punctures the skin with controlled wounding. The microscopic injuries stimulate the growth of collagen and elastin and the formation of new tissue. This can reduce the appearance of old scars, wrinkles, and fine lines and can make skin appear plumper and more youthful.

For all the benefits this treatment provides, it’s no wonder people are curious to try it. Unlike lasers and tattooing, a dermaroller (a personal use, at-home device) can look like an approachable instrument, which is why many people have taken to trying it at home. You can purchase a dermaroller online or in many beauty supply stores for just a fraction of the cost of professional treatment—but is that the best option for your skin?

Let’s explore the benefits of professional microneedling versus DIY microneedling.

Professional microneedling is safer.

Whenever you are puncturing the skin, you introduce the chance for bacteria to invade the wound. Incorrect microneedling can create the perfect environment for dangerous bacteria to enter your dermis. This can lead to unsightly swelling, infection, and even scarring. While we would like to think that we would all perform our at-home microneedling routine with the utmost care and cleanliness, the simple fact is that most people don’t have the means or time to create a sterile environment to microneedle.

In a professional environment, medical grade devices are made to be used with single-use pre-sterilized needle cartridges to minimize any risk of infection, and the skin is carefully cleansed and protected to make sure no harmful bacteria have a chance to get in the wound. We also have tried and tested aftercare processes to make sure you get the most benefit from the treatment.

Dermarollers, on the other hand, cannot have their needles replaced. That means the needles often become dull or are used for too long, increasing the risk of damaging the skin.

Our topical treatments give you more benefits.

On top of our aftercare tips, we also introduce medical grade serums to our microneedling sessions. Things like customized peptides, kojic acid, hyaluronic acid, and other growth factor topicals will be applied to cleansed skin during and after the procedure. As we microneedle the skin, the products can enter the dermis and have the most effect. Professional microneedling also focuses on proper preparation of the skin. This includes thorough professional cleansing and exfoliation prior the procedure. This, combined with our customized peptides, gives you the best results possible.

While you can purchase a hyaluronic acid or other serum for at-home use, it’s vital to remember that some home care products are strictly for topical use only and should not be used with microneedling.

You won’t have to perform multiple sessions.

It’s suggested that practisers of DIY microneedling perform the procedure three to five times a week. This is because the needle lengths on consumer dermarollers are significantly shorter, thus making them less effective. Our professional dermarollers are 1mm to 3mm in length, while the DIY versions are usually under less than 1mm in length. What this means for you is that a single, professional microneedling session is typically good for 3 to 6 months (depending on the concern being treated).

It’s less stressful

Microneedling isn’t as simple as just rolling a device over your skin and waiting for the positive results to happen. It’s a delicate procedure that requires a deft touch. You need to know how hard to press, and how often — the best directions to roll in and what type of needles you should use. You also need to keep in mind the amount of time you can use your needles before they become dull (and dangerous), and the quality of materials you’re using. Add in the concern over cleanliness and the risk of infection and that quick, DIY fix doesn’t look that ideal anymore.

While we’re all for introducing new elements to your skincare routine, when it comes to invasive procedures, we recommend that any procedure that punctures the skin with needles for aesthetic purposes are left to the hands of professionals. Not only will your results be more consistent, but they will also be safer and will benefit from someone with experience performing and perfecting their skills.

When you visit us at JuvEssentials, you’ll get to lie down and relax and know that your skin is being cared for with time-tested devices, medical-grade products, and years of experience.

Want to learn more about what microneedling can do you for your skin?

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