Microneedling, often termed CIT (Collagen Induction Therapy), is a process where the practitioner uses a device called derma pen or microneedling pen to create small, invisible hundreds of puncture wounds all over the face. It may sound scary, but it is beneficial for the skin for the long run.
Theis minimally invasive procedure is done in-office by a dermatologist, a plastic surgeon, a trained aesthetician, or at home using a derma roller or dermapen. Those small micro-injuries trigger the body’s healing process, which in turn increases cell turnover and collagen. Hence, prevent as well as reverse signs of aging.
But, how is this possible? Is this a fountain of youth?
Well, microneedling pens for anti-aging, indeed, is a fountain of youth. It is the same process as building muscles.
When the body undergoes an intense workout, there is a trauma to the muscle fibers. The body starts responding to the damaged tissue by repairing and replacing it through a cellular process. These new fibers altogether increase in thickness and create muscle growth.
Likewise, micro-punctures created by needles produce an injury without damaging the epidermis. These mico-injuries lead to some superficial bleeding, which signals the body.
After that, the body starts the healing process that stimulates elastin and collagen production. We all know collagen is a bomb for the skin. It plumps and firms the skin, improves acne scars, fine lines, wrinkles, and pores.
Those micro-injuries create micro-channels that allow skincare products to absorb into deep layers to give better results.
Now, the questions:
Does it pain a lot?
There’s zero to minimal pain. It varies from person to person, totally depends on the individual’s pain tolerance.
Thus, the microneedling process… or pain truly pays off. Who doesn’t want flawless, smooth, clear skin?
Is there any side effect?
There’s no side effect at all.
Microneedling is a simple, safe, and effective invasive technique. One Microneedling session lasts 10-20 minutes, depending upon the area. Post-treatment dermatologists can advise proper after-care skin routine to minimize any irritation or discomfort. [READ: Your Skincare routine with Style Dotty]
Coming to which derma pen is good for you?
Microneedling pens for anti-aging come in different cartridges to address various issues: 12 pins, 36 pins, and nano pin. And pin usually ranges 0.3 – 3 mm in length and 0.1- 0.25 mm in diameter.
You can adjust the size and speed of the device according to your problems. For example, to address acne marks, you can use 12 pins and adjust the speed of the derma pen.
Microneedling pens for home use can help one get rid of stubborn skin problems. However, one session will not do any wonders for the skin.
To get a better result, multiple sessions are required after proper healing of the previous one.
If we compare derma rollers with derma pen, the derma pen wins the game. The Derma roller will surely help you with your problems, but there’s no match for the derma pen.
Derma roller does have over 100 small, tiny, sharp needles, but you can only use 4-5 times in one area of the face, whereas derma pen needles are low in number, but its RPM (Revolution per Minute) speed is over 5000-15000 which gives a better result.
You might think, Can we do this at home?
Microneedling can be done at home, but it can cause burning pain, discomfort, redness, marks, irritation, bleeding, and even scarring to the skin if improperly performed.
First, always read the instruction manual, which comes with the device, to know about the product features such as speed, pins, care, etc. Always sterilize the cartridges or needles before and after use if it is reusable, otherwise throw it). Secondly, use the device over the desired area and then apply a serum or a moisturizing cream.
Never ever share the device with anyone. You might end up getting an infection.
Now you must be thinking which is best – laser or Microneedling?
Microneedling works the same way as the laser does; the only difference is you’re wounding the skin layer mechanically instead of using light or heat.
To sum up, microneedling, hands down, can help you to look ten years younger or more. It is your personal genie, capable of handling your skin issues.