The Truth Behind DIY Microneedling

The Truth Behind DIY Microneedling | Spectrum Dermatology, Scottsdale

The Truth Behind DIY Microneedling

Microneedling is one of the most popular dermatological procedures, and results can be maximized when coupled with platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections. Spectrum Dermatology offers a variety of treatments to patients who want to achieve healthier, glowing, younger-looking skin. However, there has been an increased interest in DIY at-home microneedling. People are always interested in saving money, and it may seem like a home derma roller is a great way to save—unfortunately, it comes with subpar results and risks.

What Is Microneedling – And What It Isn’t

Microneedling works by carefully damaging the top layer of the skin with a device featuring tiny metal spikes. When performed correctly by a professional, and with the highest quality devices, it stimulates collagen production and helps your skin absorb skincare products. However, only qualified dermatologists (and aestheticians in some states) can purchase professional-grade derma rollers. This hasn’t stopped some manufacturers from making derma roller-like products with smaller, lower-quality needles.

Since it is illegal for a company to make and sell dermatological-grade derma rollers to the general public, what you are purchasing isn’t really a microneedling tool. It’s more like microdermabrasion, or a very light exfoliation. You can get the same results from a facial scrub and at a fraction of the cost. Some people get frustrated with how poorly their at-home “derma roller” performs and may apply excess pressure. This can lead to painful, unsightly skin damage. In some cases, it may even cause permanent scarring.

Microneedling Benefits at Spectrum Dermatology

In the case of microneedling, you get what you pay for and a $30 “derma roller” simply won’t deliver the results you want. It is also impossible to add on popular complementary procedures like PRP at home. Platelet-rich plasma uses a person’s own platelets (found in the blood) and re-injects the condensed platelets into key areas. Along with microneedling, PRP kick-starts the body’s natural collagen production and provides an added boost. Interested in learning more about in-office microneedling? Contact Spectrum Dermatology at 480-948-8400 for an appointment.