What Is Microneedling: 7 Microneedling Pros and Cons
Microneedling, also known as collagen induction therapy, is a skin regeneration procedure that makes use of a dermaroller, a device containing fine needles, to create small invisible micro-punctures to the skin and induce collagen production in your body, an essential element for new and youthful looking skin.
This seemingly painless procedure is a trend that is fast gaining prominence in the beauty industry and is said to treat cases of acne scars, stretch marks, sun damage, age spots, fine lines and wrinkles, hair loss (to some extent), large pores and reduced skin elasticity. Whether you are doing it yourself or having the procedure performed by a professional dermatologist, there are some advantages and disadvantages of microneedling that you must know.
Below are the seven microneedling pros and cons:
Pro: Microneedling Has the Ability to Clear and Cause Scars
According to a 2009 study published in the Journal of Cutaneous and Aesthetic Surgery, which focused on 36 test subjects with different degrees of scarring over a period of at least three microneedling treatments, 80% graded the exercise as a success.
While micro needling helps fade the appearance of stretch marks, acne scarring, and other visible scars, and reduces the appearance of wrinkles, it may also cause scars, especially if the device is not calibrated or is misused. Bent needles or those longer than half a millimetre increase scarring risk besides inviting infections. The redness caused by the treatment can also increase one’s sensitivity to the sun.
Pro: Microneedling Has Less Recovery Time and Budget Friendly
Depending on the specific type of microneedling treatment you go through, the recovery duration can be as little as three days after your appointment at the doctor’s office compared to the time needed after undergoing laser treatment, which can be up to a week or more.
On the financial side of things, micro-needling treatment is also less pricey in comparison with some of the laser-resurfacing procedures. Home devices required for micro-needling range from $20-$50 or more, while professionals charge approximately $400 a session. Laser treatments, on the other hand, may cost you up to $2000 and can increase where additional sessions are needed.
Pro: Microneedling is Hygienic
It is particularly important to observe high levels of hygiene, maintain and sterilize the equipment being used, especially if you are performing the procedure yourself, averting incidences of excessive bleeding, skin infection and a prolonged healing period. Ensure you thoroughly clean your face before carrying out the procedure to remove any form of dirt, makeup or otherwise, apply the right products during the skin’s post-treatment period and follow the instructions to the letter to get the best results for your skin while still cutting cost.
Different parts of the skin also require different needle-depths, and this knowledge is best applied by a professional. Hence it is highly advised that you have the procedure conducted by a professional hand.
Pro: Microneedling Can Be Applied on Any Part of the Body
Micro-needling treatment is primarily used to treat facial scars. However, when combined with fillers, it is also effective in other parts of the body such as the thighs and the abdominal area. It can also treat scarring on other parts of the body.
Con: Microneedling Should Not Be Used on People with Certain Conditions
Conditions such as pregnancy, open wounds, irritated skin, active acne, a history of skin scars, recent radiation therapy and chronic skin diseases, such as eczema and rosacea, may render one unfit for a micro-needling procedure.
Con: You Don’t See the Results Right Away
After undergoing the procedure, give the new collagen time to grow, say around six weeks or so. Scars resulting from burns may take up to a year after commencing treatment to show results. By choosing DIY micro-needling, you risk extending this period further, and it is highly unlikely you will achieve the same permanent and invasive results the way a professional would. To maintain the outcome of your treatment, you’ll need multiple sessions and other complementing treatments as advised by your doctor.
Pro: The Benefits Outweigh the Risks
If the procedure is done correctly, the only side effects you are likely to suffer from are minor skin irritation and redness within the first few days after the procedure. Bleeding, bruising, infection and peeling may occur, in severe cases, at which point you should see a doctor immediately. Some of the significant health benefits of this treatment include the reduced and improved look of fine lines and ageing, improved skin texture and evened out discoloration, prevention of wrinkles, and skin tightening.
Free tip: Sunscreen is a must have to protect your healing skin from the scorching sun.
Most of us have probably come across really nasty pictures of procedures gone wrong and we think that this is a very dangerous and odd practice. However, it’s indisputable that it does help treat some of the skin ailments, in part, if not wholly. Like any other cosmetic treatment, microneedling has its benefits and downsides. Overall, the pros of microneedling should outweigh the cons.