At-Home Microneedling: Should You Consider It?



As microneedling continues to grow in popularity, it has become the latest trending treatment to maintain a naturally-looking youthful face. Microneedling is renowned for the numerous beneficial features it offers, including safety, cost-effectiveness, and that it is minimally invasive. The process involves puncturing the skin with a handled rolling device or pen containing fine needles. Microneedling was initially exposed for skin rejuvenation; however, it is now utilized to treat a vast range of indications, such as acne scars, alopecia, skin rejuvenation, excess sweating, and much more.


The concept of microneedling-- an in-office skincare treatment that requires the use of needles-- is frustrating in itself. However, with the right derma roller and expert tips, at-home microneedling can be a cost-effective method for creating smoother and firmer skin.


Read on to find out what at-home microneedling is, the difference between at home and clinical treatment, and the benefits that at-home microneedling offers.


What is the difference between microneedling at home and clinical treatment?


One of the main questions that one might ask is whether or not at-home microneedling treatment differs from a clinical procedure. Before starting your DIY microneedling treatment, make sure to consult with your dermatologist, follow the necessary instructions, and find the right needle size to ensure safety that will also keep your skin looking healthy. Typically, microneedling at home may be less invasive than clinical procedures since the needle size is smaller and doesn't puncture the skin as deeply as the in-office treatment. This doesn't mean that the at-home treatment is any less effective, however, the procedure must be repeated more frequently.


Physicians will always suggest visiting an expert to perform clinical microneedling to ensure the best results and hence achieving customer satisfaction. Doctors typically suggest the in-office procedure to extend over a couple of months. The treatment itself lasts from 20 to 30 minutes. To keep patients comfortable, experts utilize a topical anesthesia to be applied to the target area for an hour. Before the procedure begins, the physician applies a topical anesthesia to the target area 45 minutes prior to the treatment to make sure patients are relaxed and comfortable.


How often should the process be done at home?


Similar to workouts, the process can be done regularly. Repeating the treatment at least 3 times per week can bring optimal results, with each target area treated for a minute. This makes a simple addition to your daily routine.


What are the benefits that come along with at-home microneedling?


Puncturing your skin with multiple, miniature needles may sound intimidating or a process that only a professional can handle but microneedling at home can bring the anti-ageing benefits received from the in-office treatment, when performed regularly. The main advantage of at-home microneedling is that it is affordable.


Dermatologists suggest that at-home treatments rarely go deep enough to give effective results, however, the DIY procedure can enhance exfoliation and product absorption.


The potential benefits of at-home microneedling include:

  • Improvement of acne scars and discoloration

  • Reduced wrinkles and stretch marks

  • Skin rejuvenation for complexion and definition

  • Enhancement of product absorption

  • Improved skin thickness

Make sure to consult with your physician before you start your DIY microneedling treatment. At Skin Code LA, our cosmetic professionals are happy to help you restore your youthful face. Contact us today to have a consultation with our doctors to embark on your journey of beauty.


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