DIY vs. Professional Microneedling: Which Is Better?
Microneedling is one of today’s most popular spa treatments. Also known as Collagen Induction Therapy, microneedling 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.
Microneedling can be done in-office by a skincare professional or at home. While DIY microneedling may be an inexpensive alternative, it’s often less powerful and less safe alternative to professional microneedling.
Here are four reasons to choose professional microneedling over at home microneedling:
Professional Microneedling Produces Better Results
It’s a simple fact: professional microneedling yields notable results while at-home microneedling results in minimal improvement.
At home microneedling will never be as effective as having the procedure done by a professional for two reasons. First, skin care professionals use more advanced microneedling devices. DIY microneedles are typically less than 1mm in length while professional microneedling 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 microneedling, technique is very important. YouTube videos and blog posts on DIY microneedling will never provide amateurs with the degree of experience of a dermatologist or aesthetician who has been properly trained and performed microneedling treatments on a variety of different skin types.
Professional Microneedling 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 microneedling 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 microneedling treatment every 3-6 months is usually optimal for most patients.
Professional Microneedling is Safer
Incorrect microneedling 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 microneedling minimizes this risk as professionals use sterilized tools in a sterile environment.
Professional Microneedling Sessions Often Include Added Topicals
Many professional microneedling treatments include the application of medical grade topical treatments like kojic acid, hyaluronic acid, and other growth factors which can provide an improved final result. The microscopic channels created by microneedling enhances the ability for topical treatments to absorb into the skin, increasing its efficacy.