As you graduate through the years of your life – those frugal college years, that first dabble in expensive items when you land your first job, and your final destination into investing in high quality products and services as you fully reach adulthood, you realize the age-old adage really rings true – ain’t nothing like the real thing, baby! This is exactly how we feel at Skin Iowa about medical grade Microneedling when compared to spa-grade or dare we say it: DIY Microneedling at home! Want to know the low down on the real differences and risks? Then you’re in the right place because today we’re talking all things Microneedling!
The Why (NOT) on At-Home Dermal Rollers – If you’ve been scrolling your social media feeds regularly, you’ll notice that nearly even swipe will land you on someone’s page touting their recent Amazon “finds” and while we won’t turn up our nose at some helpful kitchen drawer organizers – believe us, you won’t ever find us trying out discount facial rollers! And it’s not because we don’t like a good deal! It’s because we actually LOVE getting the most for our money. When you purchase at home dermal rollers, you are shopping from a pool of unregulated, cheap imports made from materials other than surgical steel or titanium. These rollers often arrive with bent needles that are so tiny they are invisible to the naked eye, which poses serious risks for you skin. Microneedling is also intended to be performed at 90-degree angles, rather than rolled on the skin with a 360-degree tool, which creates punctures and tears along the way, leaving you with more bleeding and unnecessary pain. Needle depth is also a very important part of the Microneedling process, one that should be decided upon by consulting a licensed professional who is analyzing your skin’s needs and factoring in your goals. Often these discount rollers have very short needles that don’t have the potential to actually do anything helpful for your skin, and don’t get us started on sanitizing! Properly disinfecting a 360-degree tool is nearly impossible, which means on reuse, harmful microorganisms are rolled into the open wounds on your skin, putting you at risk for bruising, track mark lines, scarring, and hyperpigmentation. They don’t sound like a great deal anymore, do they?
The Why on Medical Grade Microneedling – When you get Microneedling at Skin Iowa, not only are you choosing from our favorite, cherry-picked Microneedling offerings (Rejuvapen™ and Morpheus8) you are also reaping the benefits of our years of education and experience in the field! Rejuvapen utilizes 9 precisely spaced micro needles in a small cartridge to create invisible, vertical, micro perforations into the epidermis and the top layer of the dermis. As a result, the skin shifts its natural repair mechanism into high gear and starts producing collagen and elastin to repair these micro-perforations. The self-repairing property of the skin is an 100% natural form of skin renewal from the inside out. Your skin becomes firmer and regains its elasticity, fine lines and wrinkles are visibly reduced, pores become finer, circulation is stimulated and the overall condition of the skin improves. Morpheus8 is one of our newest technologies at Skin Iowa (and you may have just heard Kim K mention it as her current favorite!) Morpheus8 combines Microneedling and radio frequency energy performed in a stamping-like technique where the practitioner will hold the applicator in one spot on the skin for a few seconds while the energy is applied through the needles and then moved to the adjacent area. What makes Morpheus8 different is all in the depth of the needles! Morpheus8 needles can reach a depth of 5mm, which makes for more dramatic results due to the intense stimulation of the skin’s foundational structure. The addition of the gentle heating of the lower levels of the skin from the radio frequency energy means that the skin will express more dramatic tightening and toning once fully healed.
Post Procedure – How you do anything is how you do everything, and this couldn’t ring truer than with your post procedure care after Microneedling! Post treatment, your skin will resemble that of a moderate to severe sunburn and your skin may feel warm and tighter than usual. This often subsides after an hour or two and patients are expected to fully recover over the next 24 hours. Your practitioner will set you up with the post care products your skin needs during this delicate phase. Those who take matters into their own hands and use topical skincare on wounded skin from unregulated rollers will risk causing granuloma, coarse skin texture and other skin infections from their skin absorbing these products not meant for open wounds. This is another important reason to leave this delicate process in the hands of a professional.
We absolutely understand the allure of saving on popular medical grade treatments, and we’re here to help you meet your skin goals in a safe, professional atmosphere so you don’t have to worry about complications and additional expense. The BEST way to save on Skin Iowa treatments is to stay in touch with us via social media and our e-newsletters, where you’ll be first to know about exclusive offerings! Just remember, going to the right practitioner in the first place will get you the results you’re looking for (sans the risk!) and will save you money in the long run! Call us today to get your Microneedling consultation on the books, because there’s nothing like the real thing! 515-223-0119