Dermaroller Vs Micro-Needling Houston


Here at MD Aesthetica, many patients have asked us to explain our micro-needling SkinPen versus Dermaroll. Patients are often overwhelmed and conflicted with the countless types of facial treatments and the claims made by different treatments. Many non-medical grade products online claim automated micro-needling treatments are basically the same treatment as Dermaroller.

One of the biggest questions we have encountered is:

“Why pay for a Micropen treatment, when I can get my own dermaroller at a fraction of the cost?”.


Both dermaroller and Micropen treatments share the same principal; creation of micro-wounds in the surface of the skin. These micro-wounds stimulate collagen synthesis which repairs surface imperfections and injury, such as fine lines, wrinkles and surface scars. The end goal is an improvement in your skin texture, tone, fine lines and scars by using your body’s healing ability in a natural way.

The Difference

Studies show that the response of the skin for collagen synthesis leading to repair of fine lines and scars is more dramatic with a professional medical grade SkinPen than the dermaroller. It makes perfect sense for several reasons.  One of the biggest differences between the two treatments is that the Micropen needles puncture your skin surface vertically, whereas the needles on a dermaroller do not penetrate the skin vertically. So whether you are using a dermaroller on a patient or yourself, the needles enter and exit the skin at an angle. The angle of the micro-needles can actually make tears in the skin and create a larger micro-channel than desired, which can lead to scarring.

When comparing the two treatments, the micro-needles of the SkinPen MicroPen enter and exit the skin vertically without causing larger, undesirable needle punctures. This is due to the unique design of the SkinPen which incorporates very fine needles oscillating at a very high frequency for minimum tissue damage with maximum results. Micro-channels created by automated micro-needling are vertical and ideal for healing. Micro-needling in Houston gain popularity every year. MD Aesthetica is one of the top providers in Texas of SkinPen by volume and results!

Safety Micro-Needling Houston

The other main difference between the two treatments is the person actually performing the treatments. Ideally a professional medically supervised esthetician or medical assistant should perform either treatments. Only doctors, registered nurses, or licensed aestheticians can do automated micro-needling. There are many patients using dermarollers on themselves. This can be dangerous and cause more damage than what is trying to be corrected. When a professional is performing micro-needling treatments they also frequently combine professional grade topical gels like Hyaluronic Acid or growth factors, PRP, or even Sculptra.

Certified  licensed aestheticians or nurses under physician supervision do all micro-needling treatments in our Memorial and The Woodlands clinics.  We apply a compounded prescription topical anesthetic creme to the treatment area for your comfort. Additionally we combine your Micropen treatments with “skin treatment enhancers”. This is to ensure that you get the most out of your treatment.

For our Micropen Treatments in Houston and The Woodlands for wrinkles and scars, we routinely use a professional grade specialized treatment gel, Skin RE-GF with hyaluronic acid, growth factors (EGF, FGF), copper peptides, vitamins-C, B2, B3, B5, B6 to fight wrinkles, stretch marks and hyper-pigmentation.

We recommend using Platelet Rich Plasma or PRP skin rejuvenation therapy for more advanced aging. PRP can address scarring, hyperpigmentation to maximize the results of your Micropen treatments in Houston and The Woodlands.

Visit our website for questions about SkinPen treatments in Houston and The Woodlands.

Micro-Needling Houston

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