Micro needling for cellulite


Micro Needling For Cellulite

Micro needling for cellulite offers a safe and effective method for removing and eliminating unsightly cellulite and is an alternative to other body cellulite treatments available.

How does micro needling or skin needling remove cellulite?

Skin needling causes micro injury underneath the skins surface to break up fibrous uneven tissue. This in-turn stimulates the growth of new tissue, encourages coagulation of tissue and the production of surface elastin. Over time and with continued treatments (8-10) new collagen will have formed working its way from the deeper layers of the skin to the upper layers of the skin. This will result in the skin becoming firmer and tighter and smoother at the surface so that the appearance of cellulite is less visible.

Cellulite can be treated with a hand-held tool called a derma stamp or derma roller, however if treating the buttock and thighs a derma stamp is the preferred micro needling devise as it has a larger surface area of micro needles so each application of the device covers a wider area.

The basic procedure is to grid the section you wish to treat using a yellow highlighter pen. This will ensure you cover the entire area and your system of stamping is thorough. For the treatment of cellulite, generally 3 passes will be required with an overlapping of 20-25% each stamp. If you stamp horizontally on the first pass, stamp vertically on the second and on your third pass stamp in a diagonal direction. Derma stamping is this manner is also effective in treating other conditions such as deep acne scars or other deep scars, zones with wide pores, or wrinkles.

Additional Benefits Of Micro Needling For Cellulite

• Micro needling increases the absorption of moisturizing skin creams. Delivering vital nutrients more quickly into the deeper layers of skin helps speed up the renewal and rejuvenation process leading to plumper more hydrated, smoother, softer skin.

• Micro needling reduces pore size and improves general blood circulation in the skin.

Now that you understand that micro needling is quick and easy to use, is a safe non-invasive treatment because it requires no cutting and the procedure leaves no scars, has no side-effects and therefor does not require you to take any time off work, you will be amazed to learn that you can achieve these results in the privacy of your own home! Home hand-held micro needling devices such as the derma stamp discussed here today are now available for home-use.

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Microneedling For Cellulite? Not Likely.

One of the challenges for patients and doctors alike is dealing with treatment modalities, methods by which one may attack a medical problem. What works and what doesn’t, what is good for one thing but not great for another, is the issue at hand. In the realm of aesthetic medicine, where so much money is involved, this problem is especially rampant. The Internet is filled with devices, creams, and more—for use in the doctor’s office or at home—which claim to be the solution for any particular cosmetic concern.

Microneedling is a powerful, yet simple and low risk treatment option. In some cases it does things other devices just can’t do, and in many cases it provides a more tolerable, less risky alternative with minimal downtime. For a growing list of common cosmetic applications, microneedling is proving useful. Stretch marks, acne scars, and general facial rejuvenation, among other things, can be successfully treated with approved microneedle devices that are safe and used by trained operators.

What it can’t do is treat cellulite, that dimply, cottage cheesy appearance in fatty areas of the body, particularly in women. Nobody wants cellulite, everyone wants it gone, and reliable treatment is hard to find. While some promising options are emerging, microneedling isn’t one of them. Why?

Cellulite occurs because the fibrous connective tissue (fibrous septae) tethering the skin to tissues beneath it creates compartments of fat; uneven filling of these compartments causes some to bulge, causing a rippling, dimpled appearance on the surface, and the fibrous tethers don’t stretch adequately or uniformly. Coupled with issues with the quality of the skin above those areas such as the thighs, buttocks, and upper arms, the overall effect isn’t pretty. The reasons behind this aren’t fully understood but hormones and genetics are believed to play strong roles. Also, the fibrous septae in men tend to run diagonally, which doesn’t so easily contribute to the cellulitic appearance; those same bands of tissue in women run vertically.

There are two schools of thought about the how and why of treating cellulite. Healthier diet, exercise, and improved water consumption are commonly believed to be helpful no matter what method of treatment is recommended. Some believe that you must remove the fat and tighten the skin above to smooth things out, a one-two punch involving modalities to melt (or suck out) fat and those that help loose skin to contract. Others believe the buildup of toxins and other unwanted material in the fat is a big contributor, that reduced microcirculation fails to keep these areas well-maintained and smooth in appearance. From this angle, the problem is attacked through heat and massage.

Microneedling does none of these things. Safe, effective devices do not penetrate deeply enough to affect the deeper tissues, and treatment of the skin alone won’t do the trick. So be wary of anyone who claims to treat cellulite successfully via microneedling. Chances are, it’s not going to lead to the kind of outcome the average person is hoping for.

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How to Choose the Best Micro Needling Device for Your Needs

Micro needling can be a really great addition to your home skincare routine. At the most basic level a short needle (0.25mm) can increase the absorption of your actives. Longer needles (0.5mm – 1.5mm) can help to fill in minor scars and indentations by promoting collagen formation in the deeper layers of the skin. Longer needles can also accelerate hair regrowth. The device you choose depends on your goals. This article outlines the best type of device to choose for specific skincare goals.

A note on buying

I’ve purchased every single roller I’ve ever bought from Amazon.com when I lived in the US. My mother and aunt in Canada ordered from Amazon.ca. Now that I’ve relocated to the Netherlands I’ll be ordering from Amazon Germany. I have yet to see a device in store in any country and I’m not sure why that is. Some websites sell devices but from what I’ve seen they’re the same as the ones on Amazon but double or triple the price.

I think what’s happening is that a lot of wannabe Amazon business owners are buying the exact same device from some manufacturer in China and putting their own name or label on it. Example here and here. There’s nothing wrong with that, it’s just worth noting that it’s not yet possible to determine quality by looking to the brand. There are also some cases of big name brands selling much more expensive devices (with better branding and nice packaging), but from what I can tell they aren’t of a higher quality than those from China.

As far as finding the right devices goes, micro needling is currently in a weird place on it’s journey to FDA approval in the United States. As such, the marketplace seems pretty unregulated. If you aren’t in the United States you shouldn’t have too much trouble. I recommend looking for the right device for your needs and not any specific device from a specific brand. I explain how to do that in this article.

Ultimately my recommendation is to follow the actual science and not the marketing. I try to provide examples of good products for the major markets that I’ve noticed my readers are from (the US, UK, Canada, and Germany.) If you aren’t in those places but want a recommendation feel free to leave a comment below or get in touch with me.

Increase Product Absorption

One of the great things about micro needling is that it makes your existing products more effective. If your goal is to see some improvement in the effectiveness of any actives you use, a device with short needles like a 0.25mm roller is the best option.

You can use this type of roller as a regular part of your skin care routine as often as every other day. Just remember to clean and sterilize your device before each use. I like to do it before and after just to be extra careful.

If you want to also target anything specific like dark spots, shallow acne scars, or wrinkles then you can use the shorter needle device as part of your regular routine and also use a longer needle device every 4-6 weeks to increase collagen production in the skin. I would suggest you give your skin at least a week of no needling before and after the 1.0mm roller.

I don’t recommend kits anymore. I used to use them and I used to recommend them but it seems like better quality rollers are becoming available now and there’s no need to bundle a bunch of mediocre products together when you can get 1 or 2 quality ones for the same price.

As far as how long it will take, you will probably notice some improvement as time goes (I did), but just remember that it takes up to 6 months for collagen to form so don’t expect dramatic results too quickly. If dramatic results is what you’re after, a professional treatment (not necessarily micro needling) might be a better option for you.

I like the Sdara roller above because you’ll notice that the actual needles are spaced further apart than other models like this Osportfun roller  for example. When the needles are too close together it creates a bed of nails effect and is less likely to actually penetrate the skin.

Another good option is this The Adelie roller. The needles are spaced far enough apart and the body construction is durable.

0.25mm-0.5mm length rollers

United States: Sdara roller or The Adelie roller

Canada: MegiBeauty 0.3mm roller or Koi Beauty 0.5mm roller

UK: Skin Radiance 0.5mm roller **

Germany: Skin Radiance 0.5mm roller **

** Re: Skin Radiance – it seems that the colors can vary but the needle spacing and length are correct.

Regarding what serum to use,  vitamin C (ascorbic acid specifically) is a cofactor in the production of collagen in the skin. It’s a necessary component of the process whether you use a serum or not – so when you do it’s really like giving your body exactly the building material it needs to build up your collagen. This study recommends preparing the skin up to a month in advance with both vitamin C and vitamin A (retinol). I used a few different retinol serums by The Ordinary and I’ve loved them.

The only thing I would caution is buying any random serum from Amazon because they aren’t all made equal. For example, the form of vitamin C can make a big difference. Derivatives aren’t as effective and you can get proper ascorbic acid for the same price as a derivative  – provided your skin tolerates ascorbic acid of course. A prime example if you’re wondering is this Timeless 20% ascorbic acid serum. If you’re unsure what serum to use  you can check out the massive comparison of vitamin C serums that I wrote or drop me a line in the comments below.

Acne Scars & wrinkles

Like I mentioned above, targeting more specific issues like anti-aging, dark spots and scars requires a longer needle length and less frequent treatment. I’ve seen some shorter needle length products claim to promote collagen but in truth I’m not sure that they penetrate deep enough. This study says that only 0.5mm and greater will induce collagen formation.

I have to warn that if you intend to do the micro needling yourself at home then you should be an experienced DIYer and okay with a bit of blood. This is not for the faint of heart so if you’re uncertain at all then maybe opt for a professional treatment instead or otherwise try to see how much improvement you can get with actives alone (you’d be surprised.)

The ideal needle length for promoting collagen formation is 0.5mm to 1.0mm.  Again, don’t expect overnight results. Building up enough collagen to fill in lines and indents from scars takes months not weeks.

Like I said above the best roller is one where the needles are spaced far enough apart to actually penetrate the skin.

United States: YMR Beauty 1.0mm roller

If you’re in the United States it’s pretty hard to find a 1.0mm or greater needle. I spent 15-20 minutes searching for a 1.0mm roller with properly spaced needles and didn’t find any. To make things worse a lot of the regular rollers at 1.0mm don’t have reviews. This is the only one I could find with reviews. I suspect it’s some sort of regulatory loophole where shorter needle lengths are billed as “exfoliation” and are fine but longer needle lengths fall into a different category. The roller I recommend above is still good and will still give you results with proper technique – the spaced needles are just easier for anyone to master. If you find a 1.0mm or greater roller with spaced needles go for that – and let me know so I can update my recommendation.

Canada: MegiBeauty 1.0mm roller or Koi Beauty 1.0mm roller

UK: Skin Radiance 1.0mm roller **

Germany: Skin Radiance 1.0mm roller **

** Re: Skin Radiance – it seems that the colors can vary but the needle spacing and length are correct.

Dark Spots

Sunscreen should be your first line of defence. I never used to wear sunscreen and always complained about how my dark spots wouldn’t fade for years. No wonder. I wear sunscreen every single day and it’s been the single best thing I’ve done to fade my dark spots and prevent them or others from returning.

As far as micro needling goes, for dark spots a 0.5mm roller is more than enough especially when used in combination with the right actives. Vitamin C fades  hyperpigmentation from acne, sun damage and age spots. Its a great all around active –  especially if you’re like me, 30 something and working to improve dark spots & acne scars as well as the early signs of aging.

In clinical trials micro needling improved the appearance of hyper pigmentation – researchers just don’t know what the mechanism of action was. In some individuals it can make hyper pigmentation worse.  I recently heard from a reader who this happened to. If you notice any darkening worsening or appearing then stop using your roller and do some more digging to figure out what your skin needs.

0.25mm-0.5mm length rollers

United States: Sdara roller or The Adelie roller

Canada: MegiBeauty 0.3mm roller or Koi Beauty 0.5mm roller

UK: Skin Radiance 0.5mm roller **

Germany: Skin Radiance 0.5mm roller **

Stretch Marks & Deeper Scars

Stretch marks are a type of deep scar, and scars  involve more damage to the skin than issues like dark spots or fine lines. In my opinion and based on the research I’ve read micro needling is a great option for this type of damage specifically because it can reach into the deeper layers of skin and promote new collagen formation to fill in scars and stretch marks. It also does this without damaging the surface of the skin like deep peels or laser treatments aimed at deep scarring can do. I don’t have any experience with this personally, but the research is sound and I think it’s a good option to try before investing in more expensive treatments – that is if you have the patience to give it the time it needs to work.

Improving the look of deep scars or stretch marks won’t happen overnight. I would say you should wait at least 6-12 months (treatments every 4-6 weeks) to see improvement in very deep scars and stretch marks.

Electric devices are a good option for targeted treatment of stretch marks and scars since they concentrate the treatment on the area. They are quite expensive though so it might be better to try a less expensive roller for the first few months.

A needle length of 1.0mm is a good place to start. My recommendations here are the same as above for acne scars and wrinkles.

United States: YMR Beauty 1.0mm roller

Canada: MegiBeauty 1.0mm roller or Koi Beauty 1.0mm roller

UK: Skin Radiance 1.0mm roller **

Germany: Skin Radiance 1.0mm roller **

** Re: Skin Radiance – it seems that the colors can vary but the needle spacing and length are correct.

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Micro Needling

Micro Needling is an alternative to laser and fractional resurfacing solutions to rejuvenate skin. It is highly popular for targeting uneven skin tone, damaged skin and under the eye areas, unsafe for laser. Skin tones with higher concentrations of melanin are excellent candidates for microneedling, as there is no risk to the skin.  We use the Rejuvapen system because of its ability to easily tailor the depth of the treatment according to skin area and the patient’s needs, and we recently added a finer, 36-needle pen option.

Why we Love Micro Needling

Micro needling is a minimally invasive procedure using fine needles to create new collagen production. We love it because it shuttles specific anti-oxidants and nutrients to lower layers of skin where it is needed. This has been one of the biggest challenges in the non-invasive cosmetic industry.We use Rejuvapen’s recommended growth factor serum from AQ. Growth factors are proteins that promote the growth, organization and maintenance of cells and tissues found in healthy, young skin plus antioxidant vitamins that stimulate collagen production. In addition to the standard 12-needle pen we offer a 36-needle option.There is less down time than with lasers and IPL. A post-treatment kit is specially designed to care for skin after a micro needling session.

What Micro Needling Does Best

A series of microneedling can effectively reduce acne scars, tighten pores, and is excellent for smoothing fine lines like smokers’ lines along the lip. Best of all, the longer term results are an overall improvement to the skins’ appearance, because it stimulates the body’s collagen production, which dimishes with age. The plant-based human growth factor nutrients and anti-oxidants can work more effectively as they reach deeper under the upper layers of skin.

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