Micro Needling Rollers vs. Aesthetician: Unveiling Key Differences and What’s Best for You

Microneedling rollers vs aesthetician
Arlie Aesthetics Pittsburgh

Microneedling has become a top choice for individuals searching for skin rejuvenation and solutions for various skin concerns. The question is — should you try this treatment at home with a derma roller, or entrust your skin to a professional aesthetician? 

First, let’s take a deeper look at both sides of the coin. The concept behind microneedling is straightforward — creating micro-injuries in the skin that prompt the natural healing process, resulting in new collagen and elastin production. It’s somewhat like tricking your skin into thinking it needs to repair itself. But there’s a significant distinction between doing it yourself with a derma roller and having it done professionally. 

A Closer Look at DIY Microneedling 

DIY microneedling revolves around derma rollers — handheld devices with a wheel covered in tiny needles. When you roll this wheel on your skin, it creates microchannels. The pro is, of course, that it’s cheaper and you have control over the process. Many report seeing improvements in their skin, but there are some noteworthy cons to consider: 

  • Needle size: Derma rollers for home use typically have shorter needles. While this makes the process less painful, it also means that the treatment will not penetrate as deeply, resulting in less effective collagen production.
  • Sterilization: Home sterilization might not be as effective as professional sterilization, leaving room for potential infections.
  • Technique: Without professional training, you risk causing damage through incorrect technique or overuse.

Professional Microneedling: A Notch Above 

Now, if we consider professional microneedling, you’ll see a shift in advantages. In a clinic, an aesthetician uses a motorized pen with sterile, single-use needle cartridges. Let’s explore the benefits and the reasons why many choose this path: 

  1. Deep penetration: The needles used by professionals penetrate deeper into the skin, promoting more effective collagen production.
  2. Sterile environment: With a professional, you can trust that all tools are sterile, significantly reducing the chance of infection.
  3. Technique and experience: A trained aesthetician knows exactly how to control the pen for the best results and to prevent damage.
  4. Customized treatment: Professionals can adjust needle depth and tailor the treatment to your specific skin needs.

Data collected by various aesthetic medical institutions reveals that professional microneedling treatments conducted by an aesthetician lead to a much higher success rate compared to home-based DIY microneedling. A substantial 90% of clients who undergo professional microneedling report significant improvement in their skin quality within just a few treatments. Furthermore, since conditions such as scarring, hyper-pigmentation, and aging signs vary in depth, professional interventions ensure that these issues are addressed with efficiency and precision, resulting in highly satisfied clients. 

A study published in the Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology found that professional microneedling had an effectiveness rate of 86.7% in reducing signs of facial scarring among the participants, far outpacing any reported effectiveness with DIY microneedling devices. 

Moreover, research presented in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology reported nearly double the enhancement in skin elasticity and a 1.5 times greater reduction in visible wrinkles for subjects who opted for professional microneedling treatments. 

These statistics are indicative of the highly favorable outcome when utilizing the services of a trained aesthetician. Not only are the tools and environment optimally controlled, but the benefits also accrue in terms of greater success rates and overall skin health.

Now that you’re familiar with the benefits of professional microneedling, why not consider taking the next step? With Arlie’s expertise, you can experience these promising results first-hand. Get in touch today and schedule an appointment that could beautifully transform your skin. Arlie is looking forward to helping you achieve your skin goals!