I was considering microneedling for stretch marks and cellulite treatment. Do you think this is a safe treatment to do by myself at home or should I look into finding a dematologist to perform the procedure?
Can Microneedling Be Safely Done at Home?
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Micro-needling at home: Safe or Unsafe ?
Thanks for the question.
Micro-needling or derma-roller therapy for home use is distinct from that performed in the physician's office. The needles for home use are typically under 1mm, while those of the surgical variant typically are 1 to 3 mms. Their purposes are distinct as well.
The home derma roller is designed to maximize the penetration and effectiveness of active topical skincare products. It is literally pain-free and requires no topical numbing. Via micro-needling the derma roller painlessly creates micro channels through the surface of the skin, allowing active skincare products ingredients such as Retinol and Vitamin C to reach the depths of the skin more effectively. Their penetration, absorption and effectiveness are noticeably improved.
Conversely, the surgical derma roller is used to treat a wide variety of skin conditions. These include lax skin, wrinkles on the face, upper lip, neck, arms, abdomen, buttocks and legs. It is also useful for treating shallow to deep acne scars. Due to the length of needle, this type of therapy requires at minimum a topical anesthetic, and in more expansive cases, IV sedation or a general anesthetic is recommended.
Glenn Vallecillos, MD, FACS
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At home microneedling not recommended
I would never recommend doing an at home microneedling treatment. I have treated several patients at my office who did at home dermal roller treatments and have scarred their skin. It is a medical procedure, and really needs to be done by a professional.
To improve the appearance of stretch marks you have to use a deeper needle depth. The microneedling device allows appropriate depth to active the cascade of fibroblast and growth hormone to generate collagen and improve elasticity. The epidermis is noticeably smoother and evens out stretch marks.
Microneedling at home
At home microneedling is never solely recommended for treatment. It is always best to have a professional do any cosmetic/medical therapy, then come up with a reasonable and safe at-home maintenance regimen. The professional equipment is also much more effective in helping to achieve your desired results, as it more aggressive and penetrates the skin deeper.
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