Micro-Needling versus Dermal Rolling

Every day we are bombarded with new trends promising to give us plumper, more youthful complexions, and with so many beauty buzzwords going around it’s difficult to separate the fads from those that are here to stay.

One of the current trends that we’re all hearing so much about is face needling, but did you know that this type of treatment has actually been around for over 50 years?  Ever-evolving and improving, fine needling of the skin is quickly becoming a skincare treatment staple. And the two types we hear most about are “micro” and “derma” needling, but what do we really know about the differences between the two treatments – in fact, is there any difference at all? Being a long-time favourite for celebrities and skincare specialists everywhere; let’s take a closer look!


The Points of Difference
Also known as Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT) micro and dermal needling have been nicknamed the ‘saving grace’ for skin rejuvenation, helping to smooth skin texture and target various imperfections such as enlarged pores and scarring.

While both treatments are essentially different methods of the same thing, derma-rolling uses a paint-brush-like-tool with a needled drum on end. This tool is manually rolled across the epidermis to help absorb topical serums and stimulate collagen production to strengthen the skin.

Micro-needling is a technical and professional upgrade from the traditional dermal roller. Performed by a clinician, the handheld device uses a disposable tip equipped with fine needles and a small motor to precisely penetrate the skin, which can result in more consistent delivery and enhanced results. At The Cosmetic Clinic, our new Medipen 4 tips have 16 super fine needles making the treatment faster and more precise.


Which treatment is right for me?
While derma-rolling is a great at-home substitute or mid-treatment upkeep, micro-needling provides a more advanced form of treatment and is less traumatic for your skin. The motorised Medipen is safe, consistent, controlled and precise, whereas dermal rollers if misused, can open the skin up to irritation and infection on a deeper level.

One of the most significant advantages of select micro-needling devices is that they can treat areas derma-rolling has difficulties with such as the under-eye area, upper lip, and around the nose. Using new technology, our technicians can tailor the needle to precisely measure how deep it pierces the skin to suit the individual’s areas they are most concerned with.


What can you expect in an appointment?
While procedures involving needles can be daunting for some, micro-needling is a great introductory treatment to advanced skincare and is a great addition to your skincare routine.

The process only takes around 30 minutes depending on the area you are having treated and is perfect for those who are time-poor but want great results. Redness can occur for one to two days post-treatment due to the stimulation but will heal to reveal a glowing and supple complexion.

To get truly effective results, we recommend popping in to see us at your nearest The Cosmetic Clinic to talk with our highly trained dermal technicians. They will be able to determine the right number of sessions for you, ensuring the build-up of collagen and elastin is most effective.

Find out more about our micro-needling treatments and contact us to book today!