MICRONEEDLING: PEN vs ROLLER
There are two instruments used for microneedling: the roller and the pen.
The microneedling roller, also called a “derma roller”, is the original tool, a hand held instrument with a drum that is lined with very thin needles.
It is rolled over the skin in the treated area, creating “micro-wounds” that trigger the healing process.
The microneedling pen, such as the SkinPen that we use during our treatments, is a newer and more advanced instrument, with thin needles on a disposable tip that penetrates the skin vertically, rather than at different angles like the roller.
The pen has become the instrument of choice for microneedling, as it has distinct advantages over the older roller method.
For starters, because the pen inserts the thin needles vertically into the skin rather than at an angle like the roller, it is much more precise and causes much less damage. As such the healing process is much quicker.
Also, the microneedling pen can be used in areas that are difficult to treat with a derma roller, such as around the nose, eyes and upper lip area.
Another advantage is the fact that the derma pen is motorized, and penetrates the skin in a controlled, consistent manner. Compare that to the manual application of the roller and you can see how results can vary based on technique.
Other significant benefits? The disposable tip makes the microneedling pen more sanitary, needle size and penetration depth can be adjusted, and they’re less painful!
So when it comes to the pen vs. the roller, the pen is the clear winner. That’s why we use the SkinPen for all of our microneedling procedures.