Why are there different size needles for microneedling?

When researching the microneedling procedure, I noticed that there were different needle lengths. What is the difference between the sizes and how do each benefit the skin?


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Microneedles can be used to treat acne scars, bags under your eyes, sagging skin and more. Microneedling uses different sized needles that are used to treat different conditions. In my case, since I have sensitive skin, when I went in to get treated the doctor wanted to use smaller needles to make sure my skin could handle it. I noticed that even with the smaller needle, my skin looked better and had a glow to it due to the increase in collagen. The size of the needle will depend on what you want to get treated because some ares of your face or neck have thicker skin than other areas, which would require a larger needle. If you want to get scars removed I would definitely recommend a visit to the doctor rather than doing it yourself to ensure the very best results.

I have had some skin care procedures done including micro-needling and I never even realized that they use different size needles until I read this question!

When I went in for my last treatment I asked my doctor about it and here's what he said. He told me that the different sizes have to do with the area that they are treating. So, if they are dealing with wrinkles and bags around your eyes they're going to use a smaller needle. Then if they are treating stretch marks or wrinkles on your butt they are going to use a bigger needle.

That's mostly because different areas on your skin have different thicknesses and different steps to them so different sizes of needles are important to treat different areas of the body.

Thanks for pointing this out so I had a chance to learn something new!

Microneedling is a breakthrough treatment with many benefits for the skin, and the size of the needle is one of the most critical components to achieve the outcome you desire. The needles come in sizes ranging from 2 mm to 0.5 mm. If you wish to go with a more in-depth needle treatment above a 1.0 mm, it’s probably best to go with a professional. The perfect at-home micro-needle is designed to be the right size to boost the growth of collagen but not long enough to puncture the skin. 0.1 mm microneedles are recommended to enhance your complexion while stimulating the production of collagen and restoring a glow to your complexion.

The thickness of your skin should determine what size needle is used in a specific area. If you’re treating your face, neck or thin skin, 0.5 mm microneedles would probably be best. Needles below 0.5 mm are not recommended for anti-aging purposes because they do not go deep enough to stimulate the production of collagen. Stretch marks and deep scars would require a 1.0 mm to 2.5 mm microneedles, and these should only be completed by a professional.

I have been using a 0.1 mm at home and I'm experiencing smoother and healthier skin. My friend has severe acne scars and so she plans to go to a professional to use deeper needles for better results.

Before my first treatment, I had wondered why there are different size needles for microneedling. I found out that microneedling is not a one size fits all treatment. Everyone has different skin and facial issues that they would like to improve upon. The woman who was doing my treatment explained that different areas of the skin have different thickness and texture, and need different size needles. Someone who has been trained in microneedling will know the perfect size needle to fit someone's needs. I'm glad I found someone who I can trust. This is how I ensure that the microneedling is being done properly. Usually the deeper the needle, the more your skin breaks down and the increase of new collagen. Increase collagen production still happens with smaller needs or at home dermarolling just not as much as with a longer needle.

The needs of different patients are diverse. While some need help with acne scars, others need to remove fine lines and sagging skin. Again, there are different skin types and this necessitates the need for different needles. I have a sensitive skin and when I reached out to a doctor, he recommended the smallest needle possible to ensure that I get impressive results without injuring the skin. Those with less sensitive and thick skins can use relatively long needles.

The reason why a professional is recommended, even with all the micro needles machines out there, is that you may never know the size of needle you need. You may, therefore, end up having more scars than you used to have.

This is such a great question, and one that I definitely wondered about before I started my microneedling sessions. Luckily, I have been an office assistant in a plastic surgeon's private office for years, and so I was able to get some great information. Basically, the needle size can vary from 0.2mm to 3.0mm. The larger the needle size, the more prominent the issue being treated. As an example, when I started my sessions, I was looking to reduce wrinkles around my eyes and some areas of sun damage on my face, and so a 0.5mm needle was used. Even smaller needles (0.3mm) are used for bags under the eyes, and larger ones (3.0mm) are required for harder areas of the body (buttocks, thighs, back) and bad stretch marks. If you are needing something a bit more intense and that would require a bigger needle, as there are risks involved, I would definitely recommend getting microneedling done professionally! Another great thing about microneedling is that you could do it at home with a derma roller. The needle length won't be as long as if you went into a medical facility to get it done, but it can provide significant improvements to the skin. I have used dermarolling at home for acne scarring and some wrinkles that I was seeing on my forehead.