Microneedling vs. Dermarolling: Whats the Difference?

Microneedling vs. Dermarolling

Microneeding vs Dermarolling, what’s the difference? Let’s get down into the nitty gritty between the two.

What are they in the first place?


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Both Micro-Pens and Dermarollers are forms of microneedling used to stimulate the production of new collagen by creating microscopic injuries to the skin. So what’s the difference? Microneedling is a treatment done in-office where an automated pen with tiny needles are used to create controlled micro-injuries to the skin. Dermarolling is (typically) done at home and involves using a mini wheel covered with tiny needles to gently prick the face.

What’s the purpose?

Microneedling has tons of benefits! It can help in the reduction in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, younger-looking skin with fewer signs of aging. Microneedling also has a positive effect on hyper-pigmentation as well as on hypo-pigmentation, acne scars, traumatic scars, stretch marks, and generally creates a fresher appearance or glow to the skin. The procedure can be used on all parts of the body; Face, neck, décolleté, arms, hands, legs, abdomen, and back.

So what makes them different?


Safety is the most important thing when it comes to performing skincare treatments. An in-office Microneedling treatment is performed by trained Medical Estheticians. They are certified to know how to safely and effectively give you great results. This is very different from Dermarolling on yourself at home, where everything is a guessing game. There has been cases where individuals will get staph infections due to not cleaning their at home roller properly. Microneedling pens are disposed of properly after every service. So, please be cautious with your at-home treatments!


Microneedling pens can easily treat those hard to reach areas such as around the eyes, nose, and upper lip; whereas it is more difficult to reach these areas with traditional rollers.

3. Customized treatment

Needle depth is something that can be adjusted with Microneedling Pens, whereas the Rollers can only reach a single depth. The benefit of adjusting needle depth allows us to cater to different areas of the face that require different penetration levels for best results. This is extremely important when treating specific skin concerns such as acne scarring, or delicate areas of the face such as the eye area.

4. Less Damage

The needles in Microneedling Pens penetrate the skin vertically and in a “stamping” motion.  When using a Dermaroller, the needles penetrate the skin at an angle. This increases the chance of ‘tears’ through the skin, leading to more side effects and longer recovery time.

5. Fast Treatment with Minimal Discomfort

Microneedling pens are a motorized system, allowing more precision and accuracy for the depth of penetration. Microneedling pens can penetrate the skin up to 100 times per second with an adjustable speed. Dermarollers just simply can’t beat that! The speed cannot be adjusted, as this is dependent on the handlers technique and accuracy. Being able to adjust the speed minimizes skin damage, pain, and recovery time.


So there you have it! A professional appointment is always the smartest route. However, if you are performing at-home skincare treatments, please remember to effectively sterilize instruments before and after use, and ask your Esthetician their recommendations.

For More Information:

For more information on Microneedling please contact us at ZONA Med Spa. Or book a complimentary consultation online by clicking here.

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