Microneedling vs. Facial Rolling: Can You Get the Same Effect at Home?

The popularity of derma rollers, also called facial rollers, has increased dramatically in recent years due to their claims to be as effective as a professional microneedling facial at reducing fine lines, acne scars, hyperpigmentation, and other skin texture issues.

DIY beauty devices like facial rollers are appealing to some because they are often cheaper and more convenient than going to see your aesthetician.

But do their claims to provide the same results hold up?

Let’s compare.

At-home facial rollers and traditional microneedling share the same concept. They both gently perforate the face with tiny needles to cause just enough “trauma” that collagen and elastin rush to the area to heal and plump skin.

Not only can the process encourage immediate internal healing efforts from the skin’s natural collagen response, but your serums and creams can penetrate more deeply into skin layers, so you can see greater results from external efforts as well.

The differences are the length of the needles in at-home vs. professional devices - and the skill of the people using them.

Professional microneedling facial devices have longer, sharper needles to penetrate deeper for a more noticeable and dramatic effect. Their shape also allows the aesthetician to use a more controlled, customizable technique to reach places the shape of at-home devices can’t.

If used too aggressively or too often, DIY facial rollers can damage skin and cause scarring, skin discoloration, and infection.

Your trained Kalologie MedSpa aesthetician knows how to expertly “read your skin” during the process and adjust their technique depending on skin response. A professional will also know how to safely treat more sensitive areas around the eyes, nose, and lips that should not be attempted at home.

Although microneedling is a minimally invasive anti-aging therapy, there are some conditions and sensitivities that make it a poor choice for certain skin types. In those cases, other treatments can be recommended to achieve the same results.

This is not to say that at-home beauty gadgets like facial rollers, masks, and dermaplaning tools have no value. They can be a great addition to your skincare routine by giving more power to your products and prolonging the results of professional treatments.

They are just not going to offer the same level of benefits and improvement as a visit with a certified skincare specialist.

If you’re curious about how microneedling facials differ from at-home efforts, or you’re ready to give it a try, contact Kalologie MedSpa Austin for an appointment today.