Although it may seem counterintuitive, microneedling treatment works on the premise that making controlled injuries in the skin can actually improve its appearance. Microneedling uses a tiny needle-tipped device to create tiny pricks in the surface of the skin, stimulating the body’s wound repair response and the production of collagen and elastin.
Although at-home microneedling is popular, Charles S. Lee, MD, and the rest of his team at Enhance® Medical Center believe that there are downsides — and even safety risks — to using these types of “DIY” devices. Here, Dr. Lee explains why microneedling should be left to the professionals.
Needle Depth Isn’t Tailored to Your Unique Needs
The depth of the needles matters in terms of the results you will see with treatment. The needles on DIY devices generally do not reach the depths that professional devices can; therefore, it is unlikely that the needles will penetrate your skin deep enough to produce any noticeable improvements.
Chance of Inconsistency, Inappropriate Technique or Other Use Error
With any at-home procedure, there is always the risk of inappropriate technique, inconsistency or user error. Using bad technique or a shoddy product can cause discomfort, tears in the skin and possibly scarring. When it comes to something like making tiny punctures in the skin, it is better to leave this type of work to professionals with plenty of experience.
No Guarantee of Sterility and Safety
It is absolutely essential to keep at-home microneedling devices clean and well-maintained to avoid complications. Unfortunately, many people are lax about hygiene with their at-home devices, subjecting themselves to irritation, infection and injury.
Trust Your Treatment to Our Professionals
The team of professionals at Enhance® Medical Center offer Vivace, an FDA-approved treatment that combines microneedling and radiofrequency to address a range of skin concerns, including wrinkles, fine lines, oversized pores, sagging skin and acne scarring. With our knowledge and experience, we can help rejuvenate your skin and minimize the appearance of what bothers you. We will tailor your treatment to your specific concerns and the desired level of correction.
To learn more about Vivace microneedling, please contact our practice today.