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What Not To Do At Home: Leave The Microneedling To The Professionals

May 16, 2023
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Discover the risks associated with undertaking a microneedling procedure in your own home. Learn why it's important to trust the professionals and how Morpheus8 can provide safe and effective skin resurfacing treatments that you won't be able to get at hom

DIY microneedling can be riskier than you think. While you can go gaga over this minimally-invasive skin procedure, there are some things that you must leave to the professionals. After all, you cannot ignore the dangers of getting an infection or not achieving the desired results when certain beauty tools get into the wrong hands.    

Although you can perform microneedling at home using a derma-roller, there are certain risks associated with it, which you should consider before undertaking this skin procedure.


How Does Microneedling Work?

Before knowing the risks of at-home microneedling, let’s understand in short how it works – and why it might be unsafe to perform at home.

Microneedling works through the act of skin resurfacing, using tiny needles that are injected into your skin’s subdermal layers. Fractionated radio frequency energy is used alongside the needling procedure, which heats the deep layers of the skin. Microneedling and radio frequency together cause a controlled trauma that triggers the body’s natural healing process and boosts collagen production.    

As the body produces more collagen, it resurfaces the skin and gives it a new, fresh, and radiant appearance. Morpheus8 is one of the most popular microneedling treatments right now designed to boost collagen production and resurface your skin. It can be used to enhance radiance, tighten, and visibly reduce the appearance of aging around the eyes, face, neck, back, abdomen, and thighs.


Risks of Doing Microneedling at Home

At-home microneedling might be cheaper and more convenient. But there are also some risks that you should consider.

  • Risk of infection: One of the primary risks associated with performing this procedure at home is infection. As the micro pins cause tiny wounds, they can cause bacteria to enter the skin if proper safety measures are not taken.
  • Excess pressure: Often, when people try to perform the procedure at home, they tend to apply too much pressure. This mainly happens because they lack the knowledge of how much pressure is right for skin treatment. Excess pressure may cause internal tissue damage, resulting in scarring or skin irritation.
  • May cause permanent damage: The microneedling procedure is known for its effectiveness to reduce fine lines & wrinkles, promote skin elasticity, smoothen skin surface, and improve your skin tone. However, its increasing popularity in the field of aesthetic treatment has given rise to a large number of DIY cases recently. But it isn’t like indulging yourself in an at-home pedicure or applying lemon juice to your hair. The derma roller injects hundreds of micro pins into the skin’s layers, and if done incorrectly, it can cause permanent damage to your skin.
  • May not deliver effective results: Another reason you should avoid microneedling at home is that it may not deliver aesthetic results as you would expect from a professional. Typically, derma rollers used at home have a needle penetration depth between 0.1mm and 0.3mm. These are mainly designed to allow better absorption of your skincare ingredients. On the other hand, clinical microneedling tools have a depth of around 0.5mm – 1.5mm, or even deeper. The objective is to create micro wounds that aid in collagen stimulation and regeneration. So, the results would vary dramatically.


Why Get Microneedling Done by a Professional?

If you want visible skin resurfacing and rejuvenation results, the microneedling procedure needs to be performed by a professional. Check out some of the benefits of professional microneedling:

  • They have the knowledge, experience, and training to perform skin treatment effectively and safely
  • Professionals at med spas and doctors’ offices use only FDA-approved, high-quality devices and procedures such as Morpheus8 that are safe for your skin and provide proven results
  • The risk of injury is remarkably higher when you perform the procedure at home than when it is done by a professional. The latter have safety measures in place that ensure minimal risks and faster recovery
  • Professional microneedling also uses radio frequency that offers significantly better results than at-home kits
  • Not everyone is suitable for the skin treatment procedure. Therefore, clinical needling by a qualified practitioner must be preferred to understand if you need to undergo the treatment
  • Professional skin resurfacing treatments may help achieve better results with faster recovery and minimal side effects than at-home procedures


Final Thoughts

Microneedling is an effective and safe skin resurfacing & correcting procedure only when performed by a qualified practitioner. A professional will assess your skin condition and recommend the best skin tightening treatment on the market that delivers the best results.

Interested in getting professional microneedling skin procedures near you? Book an appointment with us today!