In a way it's like aerating your face.
There's not really any gentle way to describe micro-needling, one of the more recent beauty trends to hit the market. Basically, it's the repeated insertion of many teeny tiny needles into the skin of your face and neck.
Home micro-needlers look like a woman's razor, except with a small rolling barrel full of short needles instead of a blade.
Why Would I Stick Needles into My Face?
Micro-needling stimulates collagen production and can smooth out acne scars, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and soften vertical lip lines. If you have it done professionally, they may use a micro-needling pen instead of a roller, but the concept is the same.
Obviously, a personal micro-needler is easier on your wallet than a professional treatment initially, as you can purchase one for anywhere from $20 to $100. It comes in its own case, and keeping it clean and sanitized is crucial. The needles dull after repeated use, like a razor's edge, and need to be replaced every few months.
The DIY Version of Micro-needling
- Before you begin, wash your face thoroughly and pull back your hair. Either dip the barrel of the micro- needler in rubbing alcohol or spritz it with the same.
- Divide your face into five sections: imagine a line from the middle of your hairline to the top of your nose that separates your brow into two sections; then there's each cheek and the mouth and chin area, which counts as one.
- Start at your brow, and rub back and forth along one area. Don't be alarmed if you see small pinpricks of blood -- you are, after all, pushing needles into your face.
- You need to needle the same area in different directions, so once you have gone over one area horizontally using three or four swipes go back over it vertically and then diagonally for the same.
- Use lighter pressure around the eyes, including above the eyebrows, as the skin is thinner there. The whole process should take about five minutes.
- When you have finished, wash your face thoroughly and wait to apply any creams or serums until your skin has had time to recover -- at least two hours.
Use Shorter Needles and Wait to Apply Product
In a professional salon where they may use longer needles and a more aggressive technique, they also will use an anesthetizing cream so you don't feel the sting. At home, use a personal micro-needler with 0.5 mm needles and only apply the amount of pressure that's comfortable for you.
"The biggest issue we see is that people use topicals immediately after rolling," says dermatologist Michael Gold, MD. "That can cause problems." Because micro-needling literally opens up the skin, products can penetrate more deeply, causing infection or irritation.
Some redness may result, which should subside after 24 hours. Professional treatments are spaced four to six weeks apart, but home treatments can be done twice a week.
With home wrinkle treatment such as this, you should see results within the first month. As always, if you feel nervous attempting this on your own, contact our office for a consult, as we can help you get results in far less time, and with much more accurate control and less discomfort.