The answer depends on what you are looking to achieve.
- 1.0m for shallow acne scars
- 1.5mm for deep acne scars
- 0.5mm for reducing enlarged pores and thickening the dermis
- 0.5mm for Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmention (PIH); this increases cell turnover and absorption of products
- Post Inflammatory Erythema (PIE) cannot be helped by microneedling
- 0.5mm to 1.5mm (start with the shortest) for skin discoloration such as hypopigmentation or melasma
- A combination of 0.5 mm and 1.5mm for saggy or sun damaged skin
- 1.5 mm to 2.0 mm depending on the body part (start with 1.5) for stretch marks
- 1.5 mm for surgical scars caused by vaccination, caesarean, liposuction, etc.
- 0.5 mm for uneven skin texture or tone
- 0.5mm to 1.5mm starting with the smallest (depending on the depth) for wrinkles.
How Frequently Should the Derma Roller be Used?
The answer depends on which size of needle you will use. The following shows up to how many times you can derma roll within a time period. Repeat procedure only after complete recovery of your skin.
- For 0.5mm do it 1 to 5 times per week (starting with less frequency)
- For 1.0mm do it not more than once every 3 to 4 weeks
- For 1.5mm do it not more than once per 3 to 4 weeks
- For 2.0 mm do it not more than once every 4 to 5 weeks
- For 2.5mm do it not more than once every 4 to 5 weeks
How can Aftercare Improve the Results of Derma Rolling
Using products that can hydrate, heal and increase collagen synthesis will improve the results of derma rolling. For instance, collagen cream or sheet mask after derma rolling will be excellent options.
What Can be Expected After Microneedling?
After the procedure the skin would be slightly swollen and red for a couple of hours or less, much similar to sunburn.
Most people mistakenly see the slight swelling as a successful result of the procedure. However, that effect will fade away after a few days.
You will experience some redness (minor erythema) for 2 to 3 days after the procedure and it might lead to peeling of the skin. If that happens do not pick the skin but rather allow it to fall naturally on its own.
How Long Will it Take to Get Results?
Microneeding will not provide the results you seek overnight. You have to regularly follow the procedure with patience and persistent.
There will be some small improvements soon after the procedure, but big improvements would take as much as a few months. That is to see substantial improvement of your skin.
A well documented research shows that even 2 or 3 sessions of microneedling can lead to drastic improvement in wrinkling and acne scarring.
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Chloe Glynne is a skin care consultant with 12 years of personal experience in the industry. She is recognized for her skin care advice in the treatment of skin disorders such as acne and rosacea, unwanted wrinkles, fine lines, puffy eyes, damaged skin, with emphasis on anti-aging.