Microneedling pens have been all the rage lately in the beauty world. But are they really safe? What are the pros and cons of using them? In this post, we will discuss the safety of microneedling pens, as well as their benefits and drawbacks.
1. What are microneedling pens and what do they do?
Microneedling pens are devices that are used to create tiny punctures in the skin. This process is also known as microneedling or dermal rolling. The purpose of this treatment is to stimulate collagen production and help improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars, and stretch marks.
Microneedling pens can be used at home or in a professional setting, although its always recommended that this treatment be done in office by an experienced professional rather than at home to avoid risk of skin damage. At-home kits typically include a pen and disposable needles, while professional treatments are done with a device that contains sterile needles.
There are two types of microneedling pens: those that use needles and those that use rollerballs. Needle pens are more effective at stimulating collagen production, but they can also be more painful. Rollerball pens are less likely to cause pain, but they may not be as effective at stimulating collagen production.
Microneedling pens can be used on the face, neck, chest, and body. The most common areas to treat are the face and neck.
The procedure is relatively simple. First, the area to be treated is cleansed. Then, the microneedling pen is passed over the skin in a back-and-forth motion. As the needles puncture the skin, they create tiny wounds. These wounds trigger the body’s natural healing process, which leads to an increase in collagen production.
2. How safe are they to use, and what are the potential side effects?
Microneedling pens are generally safe to use. The most common side effects are redness, swelling, and bruising. These side effects usually resolve within a few days.More serious side effects, such as infection and scarring, are rare but can occur. It is important to clean the microneedling pen before each use and to avoid sharing it with others to reduce the risk of infection.
3. Who should consider using a microneedling pen, and who should avoid them altogether?
If you have a history of keloids or are prone to scarring, you should not use a microneedling pen. If you have active acne, you should wait until your skin has cleared before using a microneedling pen. People with conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, and rosacea should also avoid using microneedling pens.
If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, you should not use a microneedling pen.
Before using a microneedling pen, it is important to consult with a dermatologist or other skin care professional to ensure that it is safe for you to use.
4. What are the pros and cons of using a microneedling pen for beauty purposes?
Microneedling pens can be used to improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars, and stretch marks. The procedure is relatively simple and does not require much recovery time. The most common side effects are redness, swelling, and bruising, which usually resolve within a few days. More serious side effects are rare but can occur.
Some people may not be candidates for microneedling due to conditions such as keloids, psoriasis, eczema, rosacea, active acne, or pregnancy. It is important to consult with a dermatologist or other skin care professional before using a microneedling pen.
In general, microneedling pens are safe and effective devices that can be used to improve the appearance of the skin. However, as with any beauty treatment, there are potential risks and side effects that should be considered before undergoing the procedure.
At our practice, we offer a variety of cosmetic dermatology services, including microneedling. If you are interested in learning more about this treatment, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced providers. Contact us today to get started!