Microneedling Part 3: Side-effects and Risks

So far we’ve covered the basics of microneedling and derma rolling and the aftercare necessary to achieve your desired results. And while the procedure itself is considered to be a safe and effective way to combat anti-aging and other skin woes, there are some risks associated. While most of these are small and completely outweighed by the benefits of microneedling, this post dives a little further into these possible side effects.

Short-term side effects
Since microneedling needs to create miniscule trauma to repair the skin, irritation and inflammation can be expected after use. Your skin will probably feel flushed and red, similar to a sunburn, but there is also the possibility of swelling, peeling, bumps, breakouts, and in some uncommon cases, bleeding. It is not recommended to take blood thinners or aspirin during the time of treatment, because both could increase the likelihood of bleeding.  If you are currently in the midst of a breakout or suffering from warts, eczema, psoriasis, or sunburn, it is better to hold off on your treatment because it will only exacerbate these conditions. Using retinol, glycolic acids and salicylic acids immediately after treatment can also do the same. 

Derma roller risks 
Infection can occur with both microneedling and at-home derma rolling, so it is important to take the necessary precautions during use. Be sure to thoroughly clean your derma roller before use, as well as your face and hands. Invest in the proper size derma roller and take the time to learn the correct techniques before your first use. As a non-professional, using longer needles could have substantial consequences such as bleeding, scarring, and opening the skin up to infection.

Microneedling risks 
Before you set up a microneedling appointment, do your research to ensure that the person in charge of your appointment is a medical skincare professional or licensed dermatologist. Also, ask about the topical medications that will be used before and after to ensure that your skin does not have an allergic reaction to any of the ingredients. 

Your Deminuage NanoPen and NanoChip Treatment
Although at-home derma rollers are already a relatively safe product, the Deminuage NanoPen further eliminates the side effects and risks associated with use. Since the pen uses microscale NanoChips to bypass the outermost layer of skin, there is no bleeding or pain, making it far less invasive. Each NanoChip is also delivered in a sealed bag and is single-use to further minimize risk of infection. Overall, the Deminuage NanoPen and NanoChips are a good alternative for those with sensitive skin, afraid of needles, or are looking for an effective, less invasive option to the derma roller.