I have to admit that microneedling was a buzz word that I didn’t pay much attention to at first. However, my eyes were opened a little when I attended the American Academy of Dermatology Conference last spring. There were numerous vendors selling microneedling devices and solutions. I quickly realized that this was a trend much larger than I realized. I also quickly realized that writing about the topic would be daunting. Why? The microneedling industry varies greatly from at home procedures with devices purchased on Amazon to aggressive in office procedures.
What is it? Microneedling is a procedure where a roller device with a varying number of needles of varying length is rolled over the skin. The intent is to generate thousands of microscopic holes of injury where new skin will be regenerated. Regeneration of new skin can improve the texture tone and appearance of the skin.
Who comes up with these things? Microneedling was first described in 1995 by Orentreich, but has recently gained extensive popularity and attention in the cosmetic realm. Major advances in the field have been in the past ten years by Dr. Desmond Fernandez of South Africa. When entering “microneedling” on You Tube, I got 51,000 hits. Wow! Here is a pretty good one to check out.
What conditions are treated with microneedling? A little bit of everything. Scarring of any kind, acne scarring, cellulite, pigmentation problems, skin texture and tone, sun damaged skin and more are all addressed with this technique.
Who makes the devices? The leaders in the industry are the Dermapen and Dermaroller . I found this article of the “Top 10 Micro-Needling False Claims of Micro-Needling Sellers” to be very informative. The devices can vary GREATLY. If you are considering buying one or having a treatment, I would encourage you to check out these three links.
Should you do this at home? According to my research, done mainly on the web, because there is not a lot in the medical literature, lots of people do this at home, in spas, in salons and everywhere in between. The biggest risk is further scarring, infection and worsening of skin disease or the skin condition to be treated. The other issue is pain and bleeding which may not be well controlled at home. I would be VERY cautious before I did this at home or outside a dermatologist or plastic surgeon’s office.
Do we do this in the office? Not yet… Yes, we are starting microneedling with Dermapen3, the industry’s most advanced device in March 2017.
How about you? Have you tried microneedling at home or in a doctor’s office?
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