What is microneedling ?
Microneedling is a new procedure for the treatment of aesthetic skin problems. The instrument with which the treatment is usually carried out is called Dermaroller. The Dermaroller was developed and patented by the German company Dermaroller GmbH in 1999.
It resembles a roller and has numerous small medical needles, which are approx. 0.1 mm thick. The insertion points are between 0.1 and 1.5 mm deep.
What should I consider with the Dermaroller?
The length of the needles is the criteria that you should pay special attention to when treating with the Dermaroller. I will tell you more about this later. Meanwhile there are countless copies of the original Dermaroller from Korea, Australia, South Africa and China. However, I would strongly recommend that you only use the original, more expensive Dermaroller. The quality of the needles is higher and it would be the wrong way to save money here.
Treatment with a Dermaroller – Source: flickr
How does a microneedling treatment work?
The Dermaroller consists of a small roll, which is equipped with numerous small needles. This roll is moved back and forth over the area of skin to be treated, resulting in numerous tiny punctures. These puncture points are between 0.1 mm and 1.5 mm deep.
What is the purpose of microneedling?
The method aims at the regenerative ability of the skin. Through the small stab wounds, the skin is stimulated to new skin formation. After a few weeks the effect is visible when the skin cells have formed new percutaneous collagen. The result is a visibly better skin quality.
Which skin problems can be treated with the Dermaroller?
- Skin changes due to scars
- Pigment disorders, melasma: The microneedling is often combined here with a highly effective preparation that can penetrate so much deeper into the skin. Helpful active ingredients are e.g: Tranexamic acid or fruit acids. I find the treatment with 5% tranexamic acid particularly interesting, because the skin is not irritated additionally. Tranexamic acid is a very new innovative treatment approach.
- Stretch marks
- General signs of skin aging (flaccid connective tissue)
- Scalp problems, hair loss
How does the post-treatment look like?
- A serum against pigment spots can be applied can be applied to the skin after the treatment, because the active ingredient can penetrate deeper into the skin due to the micro-injuries present.
- During 4 to 6 weeks, sun cream with a sun protection factor of at least 30 should be used to prevent hyperpigmentation.
What are the advantages of microneedling?
- There are no open wounds with crust formation, as they can occur during laser treatment.
- Hardly any risk of hypopigmentation or hyperpigmentation: During laser treatment and chemical peeling, this risk exists especially for dark skin types. This can lead suddenly to stronger pigmentation or even to light, unpigmented skin areas.
- Short healing period of a few days
What are the risks of microneedling?
- Local swelling occurs during the first few days
- Bruising may occur
🙏 The method is considered safe, as several hundred thousand treatments have already been carried out successfully without serious side effects.
When is microneedling unsuitable?
Unsuitable for the treatment of vitiligo, the white spot disease, because it’s a genetic pigment disorder that is spreading over the skin.
How many treatments are necessary?
- Younger skin usually reacts faster and requires fewer treatments, while older skin often needs several sessions to achieve good results.
- At least 3 to 6 treatments are necessary every 4 weeks.
- Scar tissue reacts more slowly, therefore you may wait 6 to 10 weeks.
- The intervals shouldn’t exceed 3 to 4 months, as no further improvement can be expected at this time.