When it comes to skincare and skin rejuvenation, there might not be a more popular treatment at the moment than micro-needling. The name may sound frightening, but it’s a great way to get your skin looking younger and healthier. You can choose a couple of ways to have this procedure done. One way is to do it yourself at home with one of the many collagen induction therapy tools on the market for at-home use. Or you can visit a San Antonio dermatologist and have it done professionally using special equipment such as the Eclipse MicroPen. You’ll probably find people on each side of the discussion regarding which is better. Here’s a breakdown of the difference between the two.
Collagen induction therapy is the other name for micro-needling, and it involves creating tiny wounds on your skin with miniature needles. This causes your skin to promote collagen and elastin production, which heals the skin and makes it look smoother and younger. Since there are needles puncturing your skin, there is a risk of infection if it’s not done hygienically. With a professional, they have to meet sterilization standards in everything they do, so you can be sure it will be a clean procedure. At home, there are many variables at play, and cleanliness can’t be guaranteed. You can probably be sure of sterilizing the roller that you use, but everything else in the area might be a danger.
Micro-needling involves regular treatments to keep up with the results. Doing it at home means that it will be cheaper to keep up the treatments. However, if you treat the same spot too often, you can damage the skin permanently. It can be hard to see when you are performing collagen induction therapy too often, but a professional has the skills to know when you need a break. Also, different needles can be used more often than others. Generally shorter needles cause faster healing times and can be used more often. The difference is a matter of millimeters, though, and can be hard to spot by the untrained eye. A clinic will assess your skin and make sure that it’s safe to perform a treatment.
As with any at-home skincare treatment, while the process may be the same, there are many different types of rollers used for collagen induction therapy. Longer needles tend to give the best results because they go deeper into the skin. The deeper the wound, the more elastin and collagen is produced. At-home kits tend to have shorter needles because regular people aren’t as skilled as professionals. Professionals use longer needles and more effective tools, such as the Eclipse MicroPen, to get better outcomes. Also, different needles work best when fixing specific issues, and a clinic is better equipped to tell you which needles will work best for your problem.
Since the process involved needles puncturing your skin, it’s inevitable that there will be at least some mild discomfort. This is perfectly normal, but it can be disconcerting for some. If you’re working with a San Antonio clinic, you will be able to get advice as to whether the discomfort you’re feeling is normal and safe. It will be, but at-home you may not be so sure and may not have anyone to ask.
Micro-needling is a great way to get your skin looking and feeling younger. Whether you decide to do it yourself or at-home, now you know the differences with each.