2 Facts You Should Know About Microneedling

Posted on: 8 November 2021

Microneedling is a common medical spa treatment that is affordable and can help treat a variety of skin problems. While microneedling is most commonly performed to help diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on the face while also tightening lax skin by encouraging the skin to produce more collagen and elastin, this treatment can also help eliminate stretch marks, improve the appearance of scars, and eradicate unwanted skin pigmentation. 

This treatment is performed by puncturing your skin with a device that contains many tiny needles. This process creates many tiny wounds in your skin to stimulate the skin healing process and replacement of older, problem skin with newer, healthier-looking skin. 

Read on to learn two additional facts you should know about microneedling to prepare for your first microneedling treatment. 

1. Microneedling Devices Can Vary

There are three main microneedling devices in use today: microneedling rollers, pens, and stamps. A microneedling roller has a handle with a small drum attached to it that is covered with many small needles. A microneedling roller made for facial use can be covered with as many as 540 needles, while a device designed for the body can have up to 1700 tiny needles. Microneedling rollers work well when performing microneedling treatments on large areas of the face and body. 

Another popular microneedling device is called a microneedling pen. Unlike a microneedling roller, a pen has a fine head with up to just 36 fine needles that are not rolled over skin during use but are gently tapped into skin areas being treated. This device is a much better option when treating only small areas of the face with problems you would like to eliminate, such as scarring or pigmentation. 

Microneedling stamps are also sometimes used to perform microneedling treatments, and these devices offer similar benefits to pens but can be covered with up to 140 needles. These stamps are good options for treating mid-size areas of the face and body. 

2. Several Needle Lengths Can Be Used During Treatment 

The lengths of the needles on microneedling devices can vary greatly, and the right needle length for you depends on your desired microneedling results and whether you are obtaining treatment for your face or body. 

Microneedles that are just 0.1mm to 0.4mm in length are often used during microneedling treatments intended to increase the penetration of skincare products on the face and neck. The skincare product applied after a shallow microneedling treatment is believed to work more effectively when applied to the skin with tiny punctures in it.

Longer needles that range from 0.5mm to 1.5mm in length create deeper skin punctures on the face that stimulate more production of collagen and elastin than shorter needles can, while needles up to 2.5mm in length are often used to improve the appearance of tougher, thicker skin on the body. 

If you plan to obtain your first microneedling treatment soon, then keep these two facts in mind as you prepare for your first treatment.