Will using a microneedle roller really help to improve your skin?
Will it help reduce wrinkles, age spots and treat acne scars?
All of these topics and more will be covered in this guide.
We will discuss what microneedling is, the different types of microneedling that you can get done, who should use it and more:
In order to understand what a microneedle roller is (and how it works), you need to learn the basics of microneedling.
The idea behind this procedure is to take advantage of the skins innate ability to heal by providing targeted and specific damage to the upper layers of the skin.
This is done by poking and prodding the epidermal layer of your skin with tiny little needles!
A microneedle roller is a barbaric looking device used to do just that.
These rollers contain hundreds of needles on a tube-like device that can be tracked over the skin to literally poke holes into your skin.
It sounds barbaric and crazy but it actually works.
We are going to discuss the benefits of this strange procedure including how you can take advantage of the benefits at home using certain devices…
Microneedling actually provides MANY different scientifically proven results to your skin.
These results tend to come from the damage to the skin (discussed more below).
You might not know about collagen so let me fill you in.
This protein is responsible for keeping your skin looking young, tight and wrinkle-free.
Collagen is the protein that provides strength to your skin.
So whenever we can increase collagen, with any procedure, it is something we want to take seriously.
Increasing collagen WILL help your skin look younger and more beautiful.
The more collagen you can stimulate the better.
One of the BEST ways to produce collagen is to stimulate your skin to naturally produce it by itself.
This is opposed to taking supplements or serums to try and improve the production in that way.
Microneedling has been proven to increase collagen and help reduce aging.
Another benefit of microneedling is that your skin will LOOK and FEEL better.
This will be seen as an overall improvement in the quality of your skin.
Skin quality and texture tend to fade over time with the aging process.
It’s not uncommon for pimples, sun damage and other normal processes to cause negative changes to how your skin looks.
I’m not talking about wrinkles here, I’m talking about the texture or smoothness of your skin.
The healing process initiated by microneedling causes a robust reaction in the skin which releases growth factors which can rejuvenate the skin.
This is also true for OTHER causes of scarring on the face as well.
But how does it work?
The tiny little needles of the microneedle roller “poke” through the scar tissue and release the contracture beneath the skin.
If you feel scar tissue you will notice that it is bump and irregular and this is how scar tissue tends to form.
This formation can cause “pock marks” on the skin as the scar tissue beneath the skin pulls down the upper layers of the skin.
Poking holes into the scar tissue can release the scarring beneath the skin and release the tension.
This results in an improvement of how scars look, especially on the face.
Up until now, there are only a few other ways to actually reduce scar tissue (such as lasers).
Microneedling (especially medical microneedling) is a scientifically documented and proven way to improve and reduce the appearance of acne scars on the face.
Treating scar tissue can take multiple sessions, however, so don’t expect immediate results if you use a microneedle roller once or twice!
Wouldn’t it be nice if you could even out your complexion and reduce the hues of blue and red in your skin?
These color changes are referred to as pigmentation and it is one of the most important aspects of making your skin look older.
Pigmentation associated with aging is actually more important than wrinkling (believe it or not).
Because you can cut back your wrinkles but this pigment will still make your skin look “old”.
This makes microneedle rolling one of the best anti-aging procedures out there.
The answer is no, microneedling is NOT too good to be true.
It may sound that way at first, but once we unpack how it works it will make more sense.
You also have to realize that there is a big difference in results when we talk about microneedling at home with a roller vs medical microneedling done at the office.
So how does microneedling work?
The idea is that by poking holes into the superficial layer of your skin you are causing a large amount of superficial trauma to the skin.
This trauma looks worse underneath the skin than it does on the top of the skin.
You can imagine this because the needles will come it at different lengths and angles, but they are only going through tiny holes on the surface.
These holes damage the underlying skin cells (which don’t have much blood supply) and without going deep enough to hit the dermis.
This damage triggers a chain reaction which causes your body to release powerful growth hormones and healing factors to help repair the damage.
In addition, both collagen and elastin are stimulating in an attempt to improve structural integrity to the skin.
These changes result in the skin healing completely within just a few days to a week, but the healing process causes the skin to tighten and even out both in terms of complexion and pigmentation.
You can imagine this process by comparing it to muscle growth in your body.
You work out to break down and tear your muscles slightly only to have them recover and grow in the process.
We are basically doing the same thing, but with microneedling, it’s happening to the collagen and elastin in your skin.
In this way, you can think about microneedling as an exercise for the skin! (Well, sort of anyway…)
Remember when I said there was a difference between medical microneedling and at home microneedle rolling?
It’s time to learn more about that difference.
Microneedling in an office is usually done with the use of a mechanical pen-like object which vibrates at a high rate.
This pen is basically a motorized way to help poke more holes in your skin.
A microneedling pen will have 10+ needles of the tip which vibrates at a very high rate.
As the pen is vibrating it is dragged across your skin to deliver thousands of holes into your epidermis.
Microneedling with a microneedle pen allows more penetration, deeper penetration, and therefore better results when compared to a microneedle roller.
The microneedle roller is basically a cheaper way to allow yourself to get the microneedle experience (and some of the benefits) without paying hundreds of dollars for the microneedle procedure.
Microneedle rollers do NOT penetrate deep into the skin and they do NOT provide the same results when compared to medical microneedling.
But does that mean you shouldn’t do it?
Microneedle rollers can be used as a cheaper alternative, especially for those on a budget, to help at least get some results.
In addition, it can be used as a trial or stepping stone to determine if you like the idea of getting the real deal.
You can start out with microneedle rolling and then jump to medical microneedling when/if you are ready.
If you are ready to jump into microneedle rolling then you need to know a few things:
#1. All rollers differ in the number of needles that they have(in general the more they have the better your results will be).
#2. Rollers may differ in the length of the needle(which will determine how far into your skin they go).
#3. Rollers may be made out of plastic material which may not last very long(meaning you will have to constantly re-purchase microneedle rollers over time).
This dermaroller will easily get you started and its high enough quality for several uses.
When I use a microneedling pen on my clients I always finish off the procedure with a high-quality Vitamin C serum which helps to improve the healing process, tighten the skin and enhance your results.
To start with you probably don’t want to roll over your skin more than 3x per week (you should probably start with just 1-2 sessions per week).
You can do this at night after you’ve cleansed your skin.
Finish off the procedure with Vitamin C serum which you can leave on your face overnight.
Microneedling is a great procedure which can be used to improve the overall quality and texture of your skin.
The main benefit from this procedure seems to stem from stimulation of collagen, elastin and growth hormones from the skin.
You can obtain these benefits by using a microneedle pen or by using a microneedle roller.
Now I want to hear from you:
Have you used a microneedle roller before?
Did it work for you? Why or why not?
Have you had medical microneedling done before?
Did it work for you?
Leave your comments below!
How much does microneedling cost?
Is the price of this procedure ACTUALLY worth it?
Will microneedling give you long-lasting results? Will it help you look younger or tighten your skin?
In this post we will discuss the cost of microneedling, why it varies between locations, how to determine if you should get it done and more:
If you aren’t familiar with microneedling let me fill you in:
All of these benefits are produced through the microneedling process whereby thousands (yes thousands!) of tiny needles are poked through the superficial layers of your skin causing minor pinpoint bleeding and minor trauma to the top layers of your skin.
This “damage” results in a powerful rejuvenation process when your body initiates the healing process.
The best part about this procedure is that it is relatively quick (usually 20-30 minutes) and doesn’t hurt (too much).
There are 2 main ways to do this procedure (and one is obviously better than the other):
#1. Use an electric microneedling pen with lots of tiny needles.
This is the preferred method because it provides the best results, but it will require a visit to an office with a dermatologist, plastic surgeon or aesthetician.
The more pokes you get the more rejuvenation you get during the healing process.
When people ask about the price of microneedling they are usually referring to this procedure.
#2. Use a needle or tip of an insulin needle to poke the skin manually or use something like a dermaroller.
But using a microneedling pen isn’t the only option.
There is an at home option in which you can use a dermaroller (a roller ball with lots of needles on it) or a simple insulin needle tip.
It’s important to realize that this is definitely a cheaper option, but the results are nowhere near as noticeable when compared to the microneedling pen.
If you are in a pinch for money, though, then this may be a potential option for you.
We will discuss more about the differences below, but for now, let’s talk about the cost.
So how much will microneedling put you back if you want to do it?
And are the results actually worth it?
I have to say that, in my opinion, the results are absolutely worth it, provided you can find a reasonable price.
I even have my husband get it done because of how much I love it.
So, back to the price.
One round of microneedling will cost anywhere from $150 to $600!
It’s very important for you to realize that this is for only ONE session.
Once you get it done you will most likely want to get it done again and again because the results tend to stack on top of each other.
Most people can start to see benefits after the first session, but for conditions such as scarring or pock-marking, you may need to get several sessions (up to 6).
For anti-aging and skin tightening, I recommend that you get this procedure done at least 6 times.
You will notice that with each session your skin gets tighter and brighter which will keep you coming back for more.
But why is there such a big price variation between services?
After all, isn’t it the same procedure?
The answer is yes, and the reason for pricing comes from the various costs associated with purchasing the microneedling pen!
Health devices (such as a microneedling pen) are quite expensive, usually on the order of thousands of dollars, and the people who buy them have to make the money back.
This drives up the price of the procedure.
It also creates a price difference because providers don’t always pay the same amount for the pen.
This means that you can get the exact same procedure for $200 when it would cost $600 at another location.
This is why it pays to search around for people with good prices!
The short answer is YES, the long answer is MAYBE.
It really depends on what you are getting it for and how much you are paying.
I recommend searching for someone who will charge no more than $300, but preferably closer to $200 to $250.
Microneedling, at this price range, becomes a no-brainer due to how effective it is.
If you can’t find anyone locally at this price, then it may be a good idea to search for some of the home options available.
Most of the time you can find new medspa’s which have deals for these types of procedures.
The problem with going to someone new is that you don’t know if they have a high-quality pen or have any experience.
The good news is that microneedling is not necessarily a very “technical” procedure to get done (so it doesn’t always matter who you go to).
The bottom line?
Look for someone who charges between $200 and $300 per session and try to avoid paying more if you can.
There is a big difference between “medical microneedling” and at-home microneedling.
Medical microneedling is a procedure, usually done in office, in which the needs can penetrate more deeply into the skin.
At-home microneedling generally only touches the VERY superficial layers of your skin.
But, as you can imagine, the deeper you go into the skin the better the results (provided you don’t go too far of course).
This makes medical microneedling far more superior, in terms of benefits to you, when compared to at-home versions.
At-home versions such as the dermaroller, can and do help provide results, but probably aren’t great if you are seriously interested in anti-aging or treating acne scars.
As the roller goes over the skin, some of the needles penetrate the skin and provide the healing results we discussed previously.
The problem is that it doesn’t go nearly as deep as medical microneedling.
But at a cheaper price point, it may be the only option available to you.
Microneedling can be a very affordable and worth-while procedure, provided you get it at the right price.
The overall price of microneedling can vary between $150 and $600 per session.
Try to find someone who charges between $200 and $300 per session.
If you can’t afford this price range then you can try some of the at-home options as well.
Now I want to hear from you:
Have you had microneedling done?
Did it work for you?
Did it help tighten your skin or treat your acne?
Why or why not?
Leave your comments below!