Since turning thirty, I've been feeling more and more paranoid about my appearance; weight and general fitness plus early signs of ageing all bother me a lot more than they used to.

I have upped my skincare routine and I am experimenting a lot more with treatments and masks in order to make the very best out of my skin. I have been seriously considering going for my first botox treatment too, which has led me into researching into surgical treatments, something which up until this time last year I would never have thought I would be considering.

The term “micro-needling” or “microneedling” is used to describe a number of cosmetic procedures. All of them involve the use of small needles attached to hand-held devices. However, the specific devices vary quite a bit. Some of those devices are manual. In other words, a person has to use their own power to roll them over a section of skin. Others, are motorized. Here are some things you should know about them before deciding on a specific treatment method.

The Main Types of Micro-Needling Devices
The three main types of micro-needling tools are Dermarollers, Dermapens, and Dermastamps. It can be confusing because the term “Dermaroller” is often used as an umbrella term to describe all of those needle treatments. Nevertheless, there are some differences between them.

If you have ever aesthetic lasers to treat skin problems before, you know that even the slightest differences between the treatments are significant. In the case of Dermaroller versus Dermapens or Dermastamps, the sizes are not the only differences.

Dermaroller devices are generally designed to be rolled across a section of skin by hand. It's a lot like painting a room with a paint roller. A large area can be covered quickly. A Dermapen, on the other hand, looks much like the type of pen you would write with. It just has micro-needles attached to it. It's more of a spot treatment for problem areas, sort of like the type of paintbrush you would use to take care of edges when you paint a room. A Dermastamp is similar to a Dermapen, but the head of it is bigger, making it most useful for treating medium-sized sections of skin.

What Micro-Needling Can and Can't Do for You
Micro-needling is proven to reduce certain types of scars. It does that by breaking up the excessive buildup of tissue with its tiny needles. There is also the possibility that some types of micro-needling can help with wrinkle reduction and prevention. That's because the tiny bits of damage done by the needles can make your body naturally try to fix and defend its cells. Some studies have also indicated that puncturing the skin like that right before applying prescription creams and lotions can help those medications work better and faster.

All that being said, it is a complete myth that Dermaroller treatments are universally better than other methods of skincare, such as lasers or chemical peels. There is actually something to be said for those other treatments as well. For example, a laser peel or chemical peel can get rid of the top layer of skin entirely. That's sometimes a good treatment for certain skin conditions. But in other circumstances it might not be as good a choice as some form of micro-needling treatment.

Why You Shouldn't Overdo When it Comes to Micro-Needling
One word of caution is that, like many other things, micro-needling should be done in moderation. Having too many sessions in a short time period can do more harm than good. The reason is that your skin cells need time to recover and repair themselves. If your body thinks it is being constantly attacked, that can actually make your skin look worse. So, be sure to keep that in mind when using home micro-needling kits or scheduling appointments at an area clinic.

I am going to continue researching and want to be 100% certain of the treatment I choose to go with (if any) before I commit to anything.
Have you had any botox or micro-needling? I'd love to hear your thoughts!
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