The term cosmeceutical has been around since the 1980s and is used to describe products or treatments designed to have both cosmetic and medicinal or pharmaceutical benefits. Microneedling is a fantastic example of a cosmeceutical treatment because it involves technology commonly employed by dermatologists and other medical professionals to achieve medical outcomes and uses it to achieve cosmetic outcomes (so you know it’s been studied for effectiveness!).
The procedure itself can be either medical or cosmetic depending on the skin concern that it’s applied to, who is performing the treatment, the depth that the needles penetrate the skin at during the treatment and what skincare or topicals are used.
It’s important that you speak to your doctor for advice regarding any medical or health-related concerns, so for the purpose of this article, we’ll focus on cosmetic applications.
What is microneedling?
Microneedling is a cosmeceutical treatment that involves using tiny, sterile needles to puncture the skin and create ‘microchannels’. These ‘microchannels’ prompt the body’s natural healing response and encourages the production of collagen, elastin and other healing factors required to achieve your desired cosmetic outcome.
Microneedling is a cosmeceutical treatment that involves using tiny, sterile needles to puncture the skin and create ‘microchannels’.
When it comes to microneedling, there are two key modalities; manual and motorised. Manual microneedling involves the use of a derma roller or derma stamp to puncture the skin using manual movement and pressure. In contrast, motorised involves the use of an automated pen like the Zobelle Maxima.
The Zobelle Maxima’s motor makes the tiny needles move up and down on their own and requires no pressure from the operator. Instead, using a serum as a slip, the pen gently glides over the treatment area, directed in a cross-hatching pattern (or small circles for tricky areas like around the nose).
These tiny needles live on the end of a sterile, single-use cartridge and can come in different variations ranging from 11 pins through to 36 pins. The cartridge safely locks into the end of your microneedling pen and is removed and disposed of safely after each treatment.
The depth that these needles penetrate the skin at, can be adjusted using the rotary dial on the pen itself, and the speed they move at can also be customised using the button on the side of the device.
What is microneedling good for?
There is a long list of things that microneedling can be used for, some you may not have even thought of! Before we list them, it’s important to highlight that there are some key variables that will change, depending on which skin concern you’re treating and your specific circumstance, so it’s imperative that you do your research or get in touch with our Skin Concierge for any questions you might have.
These variables may include modality/device, needle cartridge, needle depth and speed, serums used, how frequently you needle and whether it should be done at home or by a professional. If you want to know more about these factors, this page is a great place to start.
What conditions does microneedling treat?
The most common cosmetic skin concerns that can be treated by microneedling include:
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Deep wrinkles
- Acne scarring
- Dull/dehydrated skin
- Enlarged or dilated pores
- Hyperpigmentation and melasma
- Uneven skin tone
- Textural irregularities, including scars and stretch marks
- Hair thinning and hair loss
- Loose and sagging skin
Microneedling is one of the most effective treatments around. By promoting the production of collagen, elastin and other healing factors, the result is skin that is firmer, tighter, smoother and more even in tone and texture.
A microneedling regime can result in skin that is brighter and more hydrated with a radiant, healthy glow. It can also reduce the appearance of pores, scars, stretch marks and even stimulate hair growth!
Microneedling can have an incredible emotional impact on people too, especially when it’s used to treat concerns that might impact a person’s confidence. We love that unlike other beauty treatments and cosmetic products, the aim is not to cover your natural beauty. Instead, the aim is to enhance it and improve the quality and the health of the skin so that users can feel more confident and comfortable.
If done in a skin clinic or beauty salon, the cost of microneedling could be anywhere between $300-$600 AUD per treatment to the face.
The reality is that this may not suit everyone’s budget, which is why so many customers are investing in microneedling pens that they can use at home to achieve professional-quality results.
The Zobelle Maxima retails for $300 AUD including 12-month warranty and a pack of 5 x cartridges will set you back $49.95 and last you more than half the year if you’re needling at 4-6 week intervals as recommended. That works out to be $70 per treatment for the first five, then $10 per treatment after that! Worth every penny if you ask us and our happy customers.
Microneedling at home
Microneedling is a treatment that was once reserved for beauty therapists and dermatologists but you can now enjoy this treatment from the comfort of home. When people think of at-home devices, they generally think of manual derma rollers or stamps which may not allow you to achieve the same results you might get in a clinic or salon.
The Zobelle Maxima, however, is a professional-grade pen that can be used both in-salon or at home. The treatment itself is not entirely without risk, which is why we invest a lot of time, energy and resources into creating educational content for our customers so that people who may not have had access to this treatment can now enjoy the benefits without the hefty price tag.
What is the best microneedling pen?
When it comes to motorised microneedling pens, there are a few options on the market. Unfortunately, most of these options are not without safety and accessibility concerns. On one end of the spectrum, you have professional devices that are designed for use in salons and clinics only. These devices are not intended for at-home use, are generally expensive and don't offer a good level of customer support to at-home users.
On the other end of the spectrum, you have well-known devices that are often replicated, causing confusion around which devices and retailers are legitimate and which are counterfeit, raising a whole host of safety concerns. Those who are unfortunate enough to purchase from an unauthorised retailer are often left with fake or faulty devices and no customer support or access to warranties or refunds.
The Zobelle Maxima is by far one of the best pens on the market for those looking for a professional quality pen that can be used at home, and for those wanting to shop with peace of mind knowing that they have purchased a legitimate device that has been tested for safety and quality by the Australia Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG).
Not only do we pride ourselves on our quality product, we pride ourselves on quality customer support too. That’s why we have created a Skin Concierge service that is available to all of our customers before, during and after their purchase.
We have a highly trained support team, an in-house Beauty Advisor and a Master Aesthetician available for one-on-one calls to ensure our customers are armed with the knowledge and support that they need to achieve safe and effective results from home.
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