At-Home Vs. Professional Microneedling: What You Should Know
Microneedling is one of the most popular treatments for evening out skin tone, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, reducing acne scars, and even eliminating redness. Microneedling is gaining in popularity, and with good reason: the treatment works well for most skin tones and skin concerns! But you may be wondering which is the better option, getting professional microneedling done, or trying your hand at some do-it-yourself at home microneedling?
Professional microneedling is a way that you can get the treatment that you need to be catered to your requests. Professional microneedling procedures are known to yield far superior results than at-home microneedling, as they are done by a trained professional who knows the proper way to implement the treatment. The needle lengths used in professional microneedling usually average between one and three millimeters, making them longer than those used at home, thus increasing the results. Professionals who conduct the microneedling procedure are also more skilled and efficient, using special techniques that they know will work well to reach the desired results. Professional microneedling can also be combined with other procedures, too, such as Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) treatment, to create a specialized treatment plan that will enrich results and make them last longer and be more prominent.
One drawback to professional microneedling, however, is the cost; it tends to be higher than at-home microneedling kits, although the results are better, so it turns out to be quite the fair trade-off in the eyes of many. Professional microneedling can also provide patients with a topical cream to apply on the site to reduce the risk of side effects, pain, and discomfort.
At-home microneedling is done with much smaller needles than professional microneedling – with needles averaging in length at one millimeter. At-home treatments often require multiple sessions, which is not the case with professional microneedling. If the procedure is not being done by a professional, and because the needle lengths tend to be shorter, more sessions are typically required to reach the desired results. While cheaper than professional microneedling procedures, it is important to note that at-home microneedling procedures have a higher risk of infection, since they are typically not done by trained professionals. While the cost of at-home microneedling treatments might be less than professional treatments, it’s true that professional treatments are more reliable and can safely produce better results, safer results.
If you are interested in trying a professional microneedling procedure, call Dr. Ghozland today to schedule a consultation and procedure!