Micro-Needling: Don't Try it at Home
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Micro-Needling: Don't Try it at Home

April 21, 2017

Micro-needling increasingly is becoming a leading option for skin rejuvenation, proving highly effective at diminishing the look of fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars, stretch marks and hyperpigmentation. It works by using a specialized, sterile device to roll hundreds of tiny needle points over the skin, creating micro-punctures that kick-start the body's natural production of collagen. Newly formed collagen returns volume to aged skin and helps to fade scars and spots – all at a fraction of the cost of more invasive cosmetic treatments.

So popular is micro-needling (also called collagen induction therapy) that several DIY devices have popped upon the market over the past few years. But is this truly a safe and effective at-home treatment?

Not so fast, physicians and other skincare experts say. DIY micro-needling products, which include spiked rollers or plastic strips that resemble Velcro, can easily introduce infections agents into your skin, potentially leading to viruses, bacteria or slow-growing microbes that can lodge and linger beneath your skin and cause skin health issues years later. Plus, safe and effective micro-needling procedures require use of certain topical solutions. Any old moisturizer won't deliver the same results and can even irritate your skin.

Not only does at-home micro-needling pose a risk of serious and long-term damage to your skin, it's generally ineffective anyway. These drugstore or department store products don't reach the deeper layers of skin the way professional-grade devices do, so even the most careful and sterile use won't deliver the dramatic results possible with an expert treatment administered by a physician.

If you're considering micro-needling, don't be tempted to go it alone. Schedule a consultation at your nearest Elements of Therapy location. Call our Intracoastal/Beaches location at 904-337-4159 or our Mandarin location at 904-619-1587.

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