Microneedling is a unique beauty trend that is growing more popular. It is the newest technique made for those who want to keep a youthful appearance for as long as possible. Microneedling is a procedure where your skin is punctured with needles. The controlled skin injuries are designed to stimulate collagen production and rejuvenate skin.
Unlike many other treatment options, this method actually has some science backing up the claims! It has been proven to aid in the treatment of a variety of skin conditions, including large pores, pigment issues, and acne scarring. It reduces fine lines and wrinkles and tightens loose skin.
This treatment is much lower risk than more invasive treatments and laser surgeries and less abrasive than chemical peels. Perhaps this is why many inventive skin care and beauty companies have capitalized on the trend by offering at home microneedling products, ranging anywhere in price from $20 to upwards of $200. The question is… should you buy them?
Why Microneedle from Home?
A lot of people have been taking advantage of the home microneedling trend. There are several reasons people want to do this at home instead of seeking a professional to do this.
The price is a significant factor. As I mentioned, you can microneedle from home for around $20, which most women seeking youthful appearances would not hesitate to spend. Even the more expensive models are still a quarter of the price of getting it done by professionals.
Another reason to perform the procedure at home is that you are not in an office. You can relax in the comfort of your own home and no one has to know that you microneedle. It’s just you and your bathroom and some very relaxing music, maybe a bubble bath, and if you fail utterly no one will hear you yelp in pain or know that you feel a little ridiculous.
At home needles are much shorter, making them safer for use by regular people rather than requiring professional handling. For people who are desperate for results but afraid of sharp needles, this can be a real advantage. Additionally, these needles do not penetrate nearly as far into your skin. This makes them feel much safer to people who may be wary of the full treatment. While this does not get to the collagen layer, it claims that it will increase the effectiveness of your typical skin care regimen, which is often worth the compromise to many needle wary folks who do not like shots, never mind multiple large needles.
The at home needles rarely result in bleeding. Because the needles are so much shorter, they do not puncture very far into the skin. This means that you are unlikely to experience puffiness, redness, or bleeding from home treatments. Many people do not want to face the world with a puffy or splotchy face, so the home treatments allow you to go out shortly after treatment rather than waiting for puffiness to go away.
Why You Should Seek Professional Treatment
Unfortunately, using at home microneedling treatments is not the best decision. As many reasons as there are to go from home, there are even more reasons to seek professional help instead.
A lot of people shop by price, but it is more important to look at the value you will receive. With a $20 at home microneedling solution, you are clearly not going to get the same results that you will from a professional treatment across several sessions. If you’re paying $20 but getting no results, then in the end you’ve simply wasted $20 that you could have used to take yourself to lunch!
Privacy is nice, but with in-spa treatments, you will have a professional walking you through the process, ensuring comfort and safety. Inexperience can lead to all kinds of complications, and having someone who knows the ins and outs of this process can be a huge advantage!
The thing about needles is that at the end of the day they can be very dangerous. While the shorter home needles may seem less intimidating, they require a lot of home care. You have to know how to properly clean and sanitize and dry your face, how to properly apply the needles, and how to properly care for your tender skin after treatment. On top of that, you must know how to carefully clean and sanitize every single needle in your at-home microneedling setup between uses or you risk all kinds of infections that will inevitably lead to bigger skin problems than you started with. When you go to a professional, they already know how to handle these things.
Also, the at home microneedle sizes are incredibly varied. You don’t always know what material you are getting or what thickness. The smallest needles are usually provided in the cheaper at home microneedlers, which do very little actual good for your skin. Larger needles in at home kits can be dangerous when mishandled. Professionals know how to balance the right size with the right care.
If you are interested in microneedling treatments, then you should get them done professionally. This will ensure the best possible results and the safest possible procedure. Elume Med Spa have been microneedling for a long time, and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the process and recommend the right treatment for your skin care needs.