DIY vs. Professional Micro-Needling: Which Is Better?
Micro-needling is one of today’s most popular spa treatments. Also known as Collagen Induction Therapy, micro-needling is an innovative skin rejuvenation treatment that can improve the overall appearance of the skin with minimal pain and no required downtime. The treatment involves the systematic creation of tiny microscopic skin injuries along the surface of the skin which stimulates the release of growth factors (like collagen or elastin), the formation of newer tissue, and the healing or repair of scarring.
Micro-needling can be done in-office by a skincare professional or at home. While DIY micro-needling may be an inexpensive alternative, it’s often less powerful and less safe alternative to professional micro-needling.
Here are four reasons to choose professional micro-needling over at home micro-needling:
Professional Micro-Needling Produces Better Results
It’s a simple fact: professional micro-needling yields notable results while at-home micro-needling results in minimal improvement.
At home micro-needling will never be as effective as having the procedure done by a professional for two reasons. First, skin care professionals use more advanced micro-needling devices. DIY micro-needles are typically less than 1mm in length while professional micro-needling devices often use needles between 1mm to 3mm. The longer needles used in professional treatments create more controlled wounding, providing more noticeable results. Long needles can also be dangerous in amateur hands, which is why they should only be utilized by a professional.
Second, when it comes to dermal rolling and micro-needling, technique is very important. YouTube videos and blog posts on DIY micro-needling will never provide amateurs with the degree of experience of a dermatologist or aesthetician who has been properly trained and performed micro-needling treatments on a variety of different skin types.
Professional Micro-Needling Does Not Require Multiple Treatments
The more intensive results provided by the in-office version also means the treatment can be done less often. DIIY micro-needling often requires many weekly sessions for the amateur to see even the slightest sign of a result. Unless you’re targeting acne scars or dark discoloration, a single professional micro-needling treatment every 3-6 months is usually optimal for most patients.
Professional Micro-Needling is Safer
Incorrect micro-needling can be risky as the process of creating skin injuries with a foreign object (needling tool) can introduce or spread bacteria into the skin. The risk of infection is especially high since the punctures in the skin can act as perfect channels for bacteria to lodge into the dermis. Professional micro-needling minimizes this risk as professionals use sterilized tools in a sterile environment.
Professional Micro-Needling Sessions Often Include Added Topicals
Many professional micro-needling treatments include the application of medical grade topical treatments like platelet-rich plasma (PRP), kojic acid, hyaluronic acid, and other growth factors which can provide an improved final result. The microscopic channels created by micro-needling enhances the ability for topical treatments to absorb into the skin, increasing its efficacy.