The Truth About Microneedling
By Elise Minton Tabin , Executive Beauty Editor |
Microneedling is hot these days and for good reason: It stimulates collagen to give you better-looking skin on every level. Whether done at home or by a professional, there’s still a lot out there that’s not that cut and dry. That’s why we decided to set the record straight on these misconceptions.
Myth: What your doctor uses on your skin is exactly the same as what you can use yourself at home.
Fact: This couldn’t be further from the truth. Doctors always have access to stronger medical grade versions that aren’t safe and acceptable for at home use. If you have microneedling done at your doctor’s office, expect to get the state-of-the-art new radiofrequency microneedling or microneedling pens; at home you can only get microneedle rollers.
Myth: Microneedling hurts.
Fact: For the most part, microneedling may be uncomfortable but it’s not totally unbearable. Nashville, TN, dermatologist Michael Gold, MD, says, “Microneedling procedures done in an office setting may be performed with topical anesthesia depending on the depth of the procedure being performed.”
Myth: Microneedling leaves holes in the skin.
Fact: While microneedling does create a controlled injury in the skin to incite collagen production and does it by creating microscopic holes, the holes it creates are so tiny that they can’t be seen by the naked eye. You may notice more of a red or pink flush to the skin, which will dissipate soon afterwards, and potentially some bleeding. No need to worry, it’s totally normal. Plus, makeup can easily cover up anything that you don’t want exposed.
Myth: The treatment can’t be done around the eyes or lips.
Fact: Thanks to advancements in both science and skin care, microneedling can safely be done in these areas as long as the right device is used. Companies like Environ, which manufacture microneedling tools, have specially designed rollers that can be used on the upper eyelid, close to the eyelashes of the lower lid, the areas on the side of the nose and the upper lip.
Myth: The only benefit you’ll get from microneedling is an anti-aging one.
Fact: Sure, the treatment works on an anti-aging level to create smoother skin but it has been shown to be effective in correcting acne marks, too. The microneedles stimulate collagen production to help with scarring—when retinoids and other collagen stimulating topicals are applied to the skin after a treatment they are able to penetrate better for more improvement.