Don’t let the word “needle” scare you away from learning more about this nonsurgical procedure. A popular trendy skincare technique called microneedling has effective benefits on the skin.
So what exactly is microneedling?
Microneedling is a minimally invasive non-surgical treatment performed by either a dermatologist or medical aesthetician. The device creates tiny punctures in the skin using micro-fine needles (from a depth of 0.5 to 2 millimeters in diameter).
The reason why I wanted to address microneedling on BWP is because of the messages I’ve received from several women with a common concern. The problem: due to the lack of movement on the paralysis side, women notice the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles much quicker on the non-paralysis side.
One who has facial paralysis may wonder if they are a proper candidate for microneedling. However, since the needles only penetrate into the epidermal layer of the skin, you don’t have to worry about this treatment doing any damage to your nerves. (You still need to get the ok from your plastic surgeon or doctor that you see for your FP condition though).
Whether you have FP or not, anyone should always schedule a consultation with a professional to know whether you’re a good candidate moving forward.
So how can microneedling help minimize this FP aging problem?
The microscopic punctures that the needles create in the skin triggers the body’s wound healing process, stimulating collagen and elastin production. The result: decreasing the overall appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
During a consultation, always express your concerns while they analyze your skin. You can ask the professional if they would treat just your non-paralysis side of the face. This may help slow down the natural aging process that is increased on this side of the face.
*As a medical esthetician myself, I recommend for anyone interested in microneedling, to stay away from using a dermaroller at home.
Why? Dermarollers are completely different from professional devices and are extremely unsafe. Unlike professional microneedling devices that must go through FDA clearance, home devices are not held to any such standards.
Here are the reasons why you should avoid a dermaroller:
• Improper sterilization
At-home Dermarollers are nearly impossible to sterilize completely, which can harbor harmful bacteria causing infections.
• The dermaroller needles are on a curve
This at-home device is simply a needle-studded roller that only employs one depth of needles designed on a curve. Since the needles are on a curve, this at-home device can create tears on the skin. Whereas with professional microneedling, a hand-held device is used with mechanically controlled settings that allows an expert to reach multiple depths with a certain technique to achieve optimal results.
• At-home dermarollers become dull quickly
Repetitive use of the same at-home Dermaroller will dull the needles fast. Using dull needles can create scarring and damage to your skin in irreparable ways.
It scares me when I come across so many beauty articles online today that promote dermarollling at home which in fact can have the opposite effect — wreck your skin beyond repair.
PSA: Microneedling of any kind should not be used if you are pregnant, on blood thinners, steroids, acutane, have active acne, herpes, eczema, psoriasis, blood disorders, keloid scarring or auto immune disorders.
You get what you pay for when it comes to skincare so invest in treatments that will improve your skin concerns rather than impulsively purchasing a device putting yourself at risk.