Can needle pricks help to make wrinkles, scars, or stretch marks improve or even disappear? At least that’s the promise of Microneedling, a new beauty treatment that even Hollywood stars rely on. Microneedling (also known as dermarolling or mesotherapy) is considered the ultimate beauty treatment for problematic skin and is used to treat wrinkles, scars, pigmentation spots, and even stretch marks. In the process, the uppermost facial skin, the so-called epidermis, is treated with a dermaroller or a micro-needling pen, which is equipped with fine needles. The skin is injured to stimulate it to regenerate.
This has a particularly effective anti-aging effect, as the new formation of collagen, hyaluronic acid, and elastin is promoted, and the skin is particularly receptive in this condition. In this way, additional active ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, antioxidants, and vitamins can be introduced into the skin, which directly develops their effects into the deeper layers of the skin. Therefore, the treatment is a possible alternative for anyone who has ever thought about a facelift or Botox treatment. And the treatment is also popular among women with thinning hair, as it also promotes blood circulation and stimulates hair growth when applied to the scalp.
Possible areas of application of micro-needling at a glance
- As an anti-aging treatment against wrinkles or sagging connective tissue
- Scars (including acne scars, burn scars, surgical scars)
- Stretch marks of any kind
- scalp problems
- hair loss
- pale facial skin, large pores
- pigment disorders
- crow’s feet
Micro-needling is a minimally invasive procedure that an expert ideally performs. For home use, however, there are now also dermarollers with a shorter needle length.
For whom is micro-needling not suitable?
Those who suffer from acute acne, pimples, herpes or rosacea, or have very sensitive skin should avoid micro-needling. Treatment with the dermaroller can, for example, spread bacteria responsible for acne all over the face and thus worsen the condition.
What is a dermarolling tool?
A dermaroller is a small roller for the skin that is equipped with hundreds of tiny needles. The dermaroller’s needles are made of surgical steel and range from 0.2 to 1.5 millimeters, suitable for different body areas. Short needles are used for the face, and the body is rolled with the longer needles. Dermarolling tools for the sensitive area of the face are smaller and handier. For micro-needling treatment for the body, the roller has up to 1000 individual needles.
The needles of the dermaroller for home use are generally shorter and milder than those used by dermatologists in their clinics. Both can have a positive effect on the skin.
How does micro-needling work?
For the treatment with dermarolling, the microscopically fine needles are rolled vertically, horizontally, and diagonally over the skin with light pressure. This minimally roughens the surface of the skin. The idea behind micro-needling: with the minor injury to the skin, the body’s new collagen formation, elastin, and hyaluronic acid are increased. These substances are responsible for the skin’s elasticity and firmness – they are known for wound healing. The regular use of dermarolling leads to the long-term renewal of the upper layer of the skin. Scars, wrinkles, and small impurities can be reduced.
Results can be seen after the first rolling treatment. The skin feels firmer and tighter. If you want to achieve a permanent change in the skin surface, you need to roll the dermaroller over the skin regularly and for several months. This can be incorporated into your evening routine in the bathroom two to three times a week. Treatment at the doctor’s office is recommended every six to eight weeks.
To enhance the effect of micro-needling, skincare products, such as serums with hyaluronic acid and silicon, can be applied immediately after treatment. Due to the slight surface injury, the ingredients are up to 90 percent better absorbed by the skin and can have a more substantial effect. Dermarolling initially leaves the skin slightly red and is best performed in the evening after cleansing the skin. During sleep, the skin has time to regenerate. Usually, the redness of the skin disappeared the next morning.
Does a dermaroller hurt?
Pain sensation is very subjective. Some feel a slight pinch on the sensitive skin area, while others find the rollers a pleasant massage. In general, however, you should not feel any real pain if you use it correctly, as dermarollers for home use only perforate the top layer of skin. This layer of skin has no nerve cells and is less sensitive to small punctures. The situation is different from a dermatologist’s professional treatment: Before a medical application with dermarollers, the skin is usually anesthetized locally with a cream to prevent pain.
Is your skin suitable for this treatment?
Dermarolling is an effective method to combat scars, wrinkles, and other unwanted skin structures. However, the needle rollers also have their limits of success: they cannot be used on raised scars. In this case, other forms of therapy must be used. Also, injured or inflamed skin should never be subjected to dermaroller treatment. In other words, do not use it on sunburn or pimples, or herpes.
Those who wish to begin micro-needling should start the treatment with a realistic expectation. Dermarollers cannot bring a change within one-time rolls. Only regular and proper application will lead to success. Home spa treatment is optimal for those who want to do something good for their skin and counteract minor skin problems.