Microneedling Treatment: What are the Risks?
What are the Microneedling Risks?
Microneedling treatments are becoming popular at home and in-clinic skin rejuvenation treatment, but most youtube videos I watch scare me, as they are doing it too often and too deep which can be creating more issues than they solve…
When microneedling at home addressing fine lines and wrinkles with tiny needles on derma rollers is similar to the dermatologist’s office microneedling collagen induction treatment but you may not be getting the full skin induction therapy you need to stimulation the full benefits of microneedling to treat your wrinkles and fine lines.
In this article, I want to discuss the main microneedling risks of home rollers and briefly explain what you can do at home to improve your skin tone and reduce your fine lines and wrinkles.
I’m Jen Adams as a functional nutritionist and aesthetics skin therapist, similar to a professional dermatologist but more therapist than a doctor. I have ten years of clinical experience in nutrition advice and skin facial treatments.
I want to share with you what I have discovered over the years about ageing skin so that you can learn how to improve your nutrition and skin health in order to boost confidence.
My skin health approach is to educate you to have the confidence when investing in your skincare and professional aesthetic treatments safely that are right for your skin health, not just your skin type or the latest anti ageing fad!
My focus is sharing what I have discovered over the years about ageing skin treatment so you can learn how to enhance your skin health by boosting collagen and elastin naturally so your complexion glows each and every day.
Microneedling for younger-looking skin
Watch the video to understand more about micro skin needling risks and what you need to do to get the best results. I explain what it is, the risks of micro skin needling and what you may be doing wrong in simple terms.
In this article, I want to explain what to do and when to microneedle for the best results on any skin concern.
What is Skin Microneedling?
Microneedling is a safe constant subcision of small needles that break the skin barrier and create a controlled trauma to trigger wound healing.
The wound healing response will produce growth factors to create new skin cells and effectively encourage cell communication and metabolism within the cells.
The result is skin rejuvenation. Strong, firmer, bright skin cells that fight the effects of ageing skin against external environmental factors.
Deep Microneedling Risks
However, deep microneedling has its risks, it can have the opposite desired effect, and it’s dangerous and reckless as it affects your appearance in the long term.
The myth is that you need to have a blood-soaked face to achieve long-lasting results from microneedling.
People believe that the more damage you cause, the more collagen you will create and therefore get a firmer complexion.
There are two issues here. One, too much damage can cause an overproduction of collagen, which is scar tissue. So it’s thick, heavily damaged skin. The result can be pigmentation and dark spots in the skin, but these symptoms can take up to two years to come through to the skin’s surface. So deep home microneedling is not blamed as sun damage, or ageing is often the standard explanation.
Excessive Microneedling Risks
Secondly, microneedling constantly causes trauma to the epidermis, the growth factors are enabled when using derma roller every time and can minimise potential collagen production. When you repeat the microneedling procedure too often, all you’re doing is breaking down the collagen and elastin at each time and impacting the ability of the skin to build collagen strength and gain tone.
Again the consequences are not felt straight away. But excessive skin microneedling or using home rollers can result in a lack of tone longer term.
How does skin repair itself?
The skin is a big organ. It transports and communicates messages via growth factors to stimulate cell communication and metabolism as the biggest organ in the body has multi-function.
- Skin will keep things out and allows recognizable active ingredients in via this communication
- Has a protective barrier – Extra Cellular Matrix, which acts as a gatekeeper
- The epidermis contains keratinocytes – conductors of cell metabolism and communication
- They communicate downwards through the layers of the skin towards the dermis
- It takes like 28 days for the keratinocytes to complete this cycle of their life
Blood or NO Blood
There are NO blood vessels in the epidermis – therefore, no blood should appear when triggering the keratinocytes cascade for skin rejuvenation.
The keratinocytes send the message down to the epidermal junction where the STEM cells are stored; it is these stem cells that you want to react to the wound healing response via the epidermal growth factors for cell regeneration and collagen production.
When you go too deep, and too often, you will trigger too much inflammation and cause scarring and potential pigmentation in the future.
If you are skin rolling at home and draw blood in your treatment too often. You are going too deep. The odd pinpoint bleed is not the end of the world, but the skin should not be bleeding to trigger growth factors to improve your skin health over the next two or three weeks.
If you want to wait two years for the potential benefits, to come through, then sure keep doing it that way, but I cannot guarantee you get the results you want.
How often should I be microneedling?
It would be best to give your skin STEM cells time to react and the fibroblasts to create the collagen and elastin for skin tightening. It takes 28 days for those growth factors to communicate and regenerate the skin cell membrane in general skin conditions.
- Min. every 14 days
- No blood, only pink, glowing, dewy skin
- To address pigmentation, hydration, open pores, fine lines and blemishes
- The depth of the needle should be no more than say 0.5, 0.25 to 0.1mm
- Between 4- 6 weeks apart
- Pinpoint bleed – Chin and Jawline
- Deep wrinkles, (DNA) sun damage, skin tightening, acne scars, stretch marks
- The depth of the needle can go to like 1mm or 0.8mm
How many microneedling treatments do I need?
At home: You can continue to skin needle for every two weeks for say 12 weeks, so a maximum of 6 treatments within a 3 months period. For skin cell regeneration and rejuvenation.
I would encourage rest for about six to eight weeks before you start again next season.
In-clinic; Three treatments, four to six weeks apart for skin tightening, scars or stretch marks.
In Summary, Microneedling treatment risks are related to the depth and the number of times you use your device and your skincare routine at home. Allowing time for your skin to repair and create new skin cells and collagen for brighter firmer skin.
Avoid drawing blood and aim to great dewy glowing skin today and for the years to come.
The Microneedling Treatment Risks – These are minimal in the current day, it is your future skin that is my main concern. microneedling is a simple solution to your ageing concerns, but less is more often; however, you must be consistent.
To conclude, I recently wrote another article that may be of interest to you and it’s about mesotherapy serums? Again, you are not causing any visual damage using your everyday serums e.g hyaluronic acid serum, as they are not designed to go into your dermis layer!