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Micro Needling

Beware of Micro Needling (Dermarolling)

Reviewed by Sunil September 21, 2013 64 Comments

What is Micro Needling?

The allure of dermarolling never really caught on here at Truth in Aging, despite having a loyal fan base. The procedure involves using a small roller with fine micro needles over the skin. This then causes micro punctures which lead to a puffy swollen face. It isn’t pretty but it is supposed to help with acne scarring and general skin damage. Once pricked, new collagen is rushed to the damaged areas  and creams/serums that are applied to the area are able to be more easily absorbed which is meant to help you get a better skin tone. Many consider it an alternative to expensive laser treatments or harsh peels, officials in China are considering it something of a nuisance.

The Dangers of Micro Needling

According to Hong Kong’s consumer council, there have been 43 complaints of bad reactions to micro needling procedures at salons across the city. Salon workers often skip the sterilizing process in between sessions and continue using rollers which can become bloodied after one session. This can expose clients to risks such as HIV and hepatitis. Publicity and community relations officer Philip Leung Kwong-hon told the South China Morning Post: "It is unwise to risk your life for a prettier appearance."

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Micro Needling at Home

Despite this, demand for micro rolling has continued to take off. After being featured on The Rachel Ray show, the media has continued to run with the roller. Thanks to growing demand, more retailers are selling it and dermarollers are now pretty affordable. You can buy a roller for around $40 or a set for $200 and do the procedure yourself. Unfortunately, it is a bit more risky. Pressing too hard could cause added trauma to your face and if you buy a needle size too long results will be extra painful and bloody. Then there’s the healing, people have reported their pores being larger and white heads appearing after use which go away in time. But for some, these small issues are canceled out by the reported benefits of these rollers.

Our Take on Micro Needling

You may want to consider seeing a professional before trying out a roller yourself, and if doing do, make sure they sterilize the needles or use a new batch before. Expect one session to cost anywhere from $300-$500 and take about 30 minutes, more than one session may be needed to achieve the desired effects you are looking for.

See also:

Micro-Needling - What Is It?

Dermaroll - Not a Treatment for the Faint-Hearted

Stem Cell Dermarolling Facial

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  • April 8, 2017

    by SulaNiceSkin

    Microneedeling has it's benefits as do all cosmetic prodecures. There are the pro's and there are the con's. Microneedling shouldn't be avoided because you can get a serious illness if the instrument is not sterilized. This cocern could happen with anything! Do your research and find a reputible establishment with medically trained and certified professional's and your chances of having unsterlized tool's applied to you are pretty much slim to zone. It's not the procedure, it's the person!
    And for those who say it does not tighten you skin, it swell's your skin, must understand the concept. The needlng promtoes skin collagen. Plump swollen skin equals firm tight skin due to increase collagen production.
    also, make sure your using the correct size needle for your skin level. less mature skin cannot handle a needle with a longer length. 0.20-0.30 mm is for home use. 0.50-0.75mm is for clinical use. all mms greater is for medical and physician use!
    I am 39 years old and have been using retin-a since im 24 so my skin is pretty much used to the irritaed exfoliating process. I use a micro needle size 0.25mm and it does wonders for me. It plumps my skin innceasing bood flow and collagen, and after each use I apply vitamin c (any brand will due) before my pored close which is usually five minutes after an application. My skin does tingle and feel slighlt raw even after using such a small needle. The tenderness and redness does goes away after a coupe of hours. Remember how hard you press and how many times you rolll over each spot all depends on the results an the recovery time! Always make sure you remember to clean it each time! And never ever share your micro needle!

  • December 21, 2016

    by Sheila

    I recently started microneedling. There is redness, tingling, and slight swelling. It all disappears, leaving me with a nice fresher looking face. Don't press hard and use the correct needle size 0.5mm or less. I don't look young, I look toned.

  • September 1, 2016

    by Aimee

    For those of you who have been microneedling for yrs..please tell me which vitamin c serum you use and which peptide and moisturizer you are using?

  • August 19, 2016

    by Trish

    Micro needling works for me... Have been doing my face, neck and chest for about 1 year. Crepey skin is gone. Wrinkles are gone. What was once sagging skin, doesn't sag.
    Using 0.5mm on a regular basis... 1 -2 times a week. Then every 3rd week. I use the 1.5mm or 2.0mm . I always wait 1 week after a deep roll before using 0.5MM again and at least 3 weeks between deep rolls to let the skin heal thoroughly before doing a deep roll again.

    It is working for me. No chicken neck, no jowls... I'm loving it!

  • June 27, 2016

    by dee

    microneedling and PRP do not work!It is a expensive scam.
    I had about 15 regular needling sessions done w dermapen over 2 years for some scarring from laser.I had indentions from where the laser burnt me.Very little improvement.I could have got this improvement by doing nothing.Had 2 PRP appointments w injections and needling.Did NOTHING!wasted thousands .

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