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Microneedling has gained popularity for its ability to rejuvenate the skin. Many people are curious about microneedling, even if the tactics sound a little scary. Microneedling uses small needles to make hundreds of punctures in the skin, and while this might seem painful and appear to do more damage than good, it is actually quite the opposite.
How Does Microneedling With Dermapen® Work?
Microneedling with the Dermapen® uses a handheld device that is fitted with small needles to puncture the outer layer of the skin. These tiny punctures stimulate your body’s healing process, which causes the production of collagen and elastin.
Collagen and elastin fibers are what make up the structure of our skin, so promoting the production of these fibers is what allows the skin to create new tissue and heal itself.
By stimulating the skin and boosting the healing process, microneedling can be used to treat:
- Acne scars and hyperpigmentation
- Sagging skin
- Facial lines
- Stretch marks
- Thinning hair
While microneedling is often used on the face, it can treat more areas than the face. Microneedling is used to rejuvenate the skin, and so it can be applied to skin issues on many different parts of the body, such as the chest and the hands.
Is Microneedling Painful?
Microneedling works by creating small punctures in the skin. While it is not overly painful, it can be uncomfortable if performed incorrectly. When microneedling is performed by a professional with a topical anesthetic to numb the skin, you will find the treatment to be comfortable. The wounds made by the sharp microneedling needles are not deep, making them quick to heal.
Can I Do Microneedling at Home?
There are several at-home microneedling tools and treatments on the market. These treatments tend to be significantly cheaper than professional treatments, but they can also come with higher risk.
Devices for home use tend to have shorter, duller needles than those that are designed for licensed skin care professionals. These devices are not meant to penetrate the skin but rather massage or stimulate it.
This means that only minor results can be achieved when microneedling is done at home. At-home treatments may not have a significant effect on scarring or lines, but they should be able to increase blood flow and brighten the skin.
Seeing a professional will ensure safety and quality results.
It can be very easy to push too hard with home devices and cause damage to the skin. A professional can control the depth and ensure that the proper topicals and serums are used to encourage proper healing.
Want to Learn More?
If you are considering microneedling and would like to know more about your options in Tempe, Arizona, please feel free to contact Dr. Boll at 480-833-5200 or fill out our online contact form to set an appointment.