Microneedling is a non-surgical treatment that stimulates your skin’s healing process to repair different skin ailments. And as it becomes an increasingly popular choice for rejuvenating the skin, so do the misconceptions about the procedure. These can prevent you from undergoing skin needling and taking advantage of what it can offer.

5 Misconceptions About Microneedling

Continue reading as we discuss microneedling and what it can do, as well as debunk the 5 most common misconceptions about it. 

What is microneedling?

For microneedling at Cutis, we use Dermapen 4, which features increased speed and power. It has 16 microscopic needles that can create 1920 holes per second, with needle depths that can be adjusted depending on the skin concern. It also has a dedicated scar setting and protocols for revision of different types of scars.

Microneedling via Dermapen 4 creates millions of fine fractional channels. These allow the skin to deliver active ingredients deeper into its layers. Also, the micro-injuries created by the device trigger an immune response that ignites collagen and elastin. This helps in the wound healing process and provides quick results. 

Another great thing about Dermapen 4 is that it can be combined with a range of non-surgical treatments for targeting specific skin concerns. It can be used alongside:

  • Meso-Glide or MG-Collection serums – for specifically tackling skin concerns such as dark spots, signs of aging, scarring, and problematic/oily skin. 
  • Exosomes – for activating faster wound healing and tissue remodeling, which helps renew the skin and help reduce the look of aging skin, pigmentation, and rosacea. 
  • Über Pro Peel – (Meso-Peel) for refreshing the skin’s top layers, addressing pigmentation, and improving the tone and texture of the skin.
  • Botulinum toxin with MG-Collections serums – (Meso-Tox) for reduced pore size, tighter skin, and glass-like glowing appearance.

5 common misconceptions at microneedling 

Don’t let the following myths keep you from considering microneedling.

1. Microneedling is painful.

One common worry about microneedling, since it involves using needles, is that the procedure hurts. And while the process of mechanically piercing the skin does not sound painless or comfortable, the procedure is not necessarily painful. There may be some level of discomfort, particularly for those who are afraid of needles. 

It is also worth noting that with Dermapen 4, microneedling procedures are safe, effective, and not painful. It features the AOVN4 technology, found exclusively in the device, which helps make sure that patients are at ease and comfortable during the procedure. No numbing cream is also needed to carry out the treatment.

2. You can microneedle at home and get great results.

While there may be a lot of at-home microneedling tools available in the market, you cannot replicate the results of an in-office or professional microneedling on your own. You should also know that the derma rollers sold at stores do not penetrate as deeply as professional tools, so they may also not be helpful in stimulating collagen. 

Attempting microneedling at home also comes with risks: 

  • Might result in scarring, when used incorrectly
  • Cannot effectively treat or target tricky areas, such as around the nose or above the lips
  • Can cause infection and other risks when used on broken skin
  • Needles are not sterile or may be carrying dirt and bacteria 

Microneedling is safest and most effective when carried out by a professional. You may be able to see positive reviews of people doing microneedling at home, but if you want to avoid any scarring or risk, it is best to see an aesthetic doctor who uses quality skin needling devices, such as Dermapen products. 

3. Microneedling is only for anti-aging.

It is true that microneedling can help improve signs of aging such as fine lines and wrinkles, but it isn’t just for those concerns. Microneedling is a versatile treatment that offers skin renewal not just on the face, but other areas of the body. It stimulates collagen and elastin, as well as promotes optimized cell function, which can improve overall skin health. 

You can turn to microneedling via Dermapen 4 for treating or improving: 

  • Scars (post-acne, surgical, contracture, and striae scars)
  • Enlarged pores
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Loose skin
  • Pigmentation 
  • Uneven skin texture and dull skin
  • Help topical treatment penetrate the skin deeper and more effectively

4. Microneedling creates or leaves holes in your skin.

While microneedling does involve puncturing the skin, there will be no visible holes left in the skin. There may be a few side effects such as redness and swelling, but they are temporary and will go away after a few days. You don’t need to worry about damage or permanent scarring, especially if you go to a professional for skin needling. 

What microneedling does is make controlled injuries or tiny wounds on the skin’s top layers. You don’t need to worry, as these holes or wounds are microscopic and not visible to the naked eye. Your body’s response to these tiny pricks is the stimulation of collagen and elastin in the treated area. 

5. Recovery from microneedling is long and painful. 

Microneedling via Dermapen 4 is a minimally invasive procedure with minimal to no downtime. It is normal for the skin to feel warm and tender in the first 24 to 48 hours, but your treatment provider will give you a skincare product to offset the sensation, cover redness, and protect the skin from the sun.

There are also cases when you might notice some dryness or flakiness, but there’s no need to worry as this is a sign of cell turnover and that new collagen production is occurring. Your provider may then offer you a serum with hyaluronic acid for intense hydration and locking in moisture in the skin.

For further reading: Microneedling: What You Should Know Before Your Treatment

If you want to learn more about microneedling or how it can transform your skin, contact Cutis Medical Laser Clinics in Singapore. Schedule a consultation with our aesthetic doctor who can answer any of your questions regarding the treatment and provide professional Dermapen 4 microneedling treatments.