The Best Microneedling Method: Dermaroller vs. Micropen
Microneedling, also called Collagen Induction Therapy, is a popular, non-invasive skin rejuvenation procedure. Like its name suggest, Microneedling uses small needles to prick the surface of the skin in order to create micro-wounds. These micro-wounds trigger the body’s natural healing processes. The response is superficial inflammation, which plumps up the skin and makes it look more radiant. The micro-wounds also stimulate long-term benefits by stimulating the production of more collagen. This rejuvenates the skin, improving the overall appearance of your skin, smoothing skin texture, and aiding in the treatment of various skin issues, such as acne or the signs of aging.¹
Collagen induction therapy is effective as a stand-alone treatment, but recently, the numerous scientific studies have shown the advantage of using Micro Needling in conjunction with other treatments. Micro Needling enhances the effects of microdermabrasion and other dermabrasion treatments. It is a proven drug delivery enhancement system. In layman terms, Micro Needling improves the absorption of skin benefiting topical agents, like those used during Hyaluronic acid facials and Blood facials (commonly known as the vampire facial.) Microneedling is also being used with micro blood plasma hair restoration.²
Benefits of Microneedling
- Natural skin rejuvenation
- Stimulates collagen production
- Skin looks plumper and more radiant shortly following treatment
- Improve the appearance of stretch marks
- Targets the signs of aging such as fine lines and wrinkles
- Smooth skin texture
- Target pigmentation irregularities for even skin tone and color
- Enhances the effects of other skin treatments
- Minimal discomfort and fast recovery time
- Safe on all skin types*
Different Methods of Microneedling
There are various instruments used for Microneedling. The original instrument for collagen induction therapy was a Dermaroller. A newer instrument for Microneedling is the Dermapen also known as a Micropen. While both the Microneedling pen and the Microneedling roller rejuvenate the skin using collagen induction therapy, the delivery method and mechanism are different, offering unique advantages and disadvantages for each.
What is a Dermaroller?
The Dermaroller is a handheld tool equipped with rolling drum that is lined with thin needles. The drum is rolled across the skin, allowing the needles to puncture the epidermis, creating micro-injuries that stimulate the skin’s natural healing process.
What is a Micropen?
A Microneedling pen or Dermapen is a technological upgrade to the traditional Dermaroller. The Micropen is a cordless, handheld device that uses a disposable tip equipped with fine needles. The Micropen is powered by a small motor and its needles penetrate the skin vertically, allowing for a more consistent delivery.
Dermaroller vs. Micropen
The Micropen is a more advanced delivery mechanism for Microneedling and has many advantages over the older method of Microneedling using a Dermaroller
Micropens are less painful, less traumatic on the skin, and require less downtime. The Dermaroller inserts needles into the skin at a 45-degree angle. This tends to create tearing wounds as the drum is drug across the skin. In comparison, needles from the Micropen penetrate the epidermis vertically, creating a clean puncture wound that heals quickly.
Micropens are more consistent. Micropens are motorized, allowing for controlled, consistent penetration of the skin, unlike Dermarollers, that are manually powered and often result in user error, puncturing the skin too deep or inconsistently.
The Dermapen is more versatile. Because of its shape, Dermapens can easily treat areas of the face that a Dermaroller has difficulties with, such as around the eyes, the upper lip, and around the nose.
Micropens provide customizable treatments. The size of the needle and the depth of the penetration may be customized when using Micropens to tailor treatments to the patient’s individual areas of concerns and skin issues.
The Dermapen is more sanitary. Disposable tips are far more sanitary than using the same drum.
The Micropen is more effective. After safety, the biggest advantage Micropens have over Dermarollers is efficacy. Micropens just work better.
Dermarollers are less expensive. Perhaps the only advantage of Dermarollers over Micropens is cost and convenience. Dermarollers are available for Microneedling at home. Moreover, because Micropens incorporate more advanced technology, treatments with a Micropen can be slightly more expensive than treatments with a Dermaroller.
Microneedling Near Me
Just remember, with most cosmetic treatments, you get what you pay for, and when it comes to penetrating your face with needles, you should really refer to a professional, like the skin care experts at Santé Medical Aesthetics. Conveniently located in Southlake, Texas, Santé is a premier Dallas Microneedling provider. Learn more about Microneedling by signing up for a free consultation online or by calling Santé at (817) 305-0050.