You’ve probably heard about these extremely popular skin restoration treatments made popular by some of the biggest stars in Hollywood. You’ve seen the bloodied post-procedure pictures of everyone from the Kardashians to Tarek El Moussa. Of course, most of that is drama and not the norm. What did they have done? Microneedling or Microchanneling. What’s the difference and are they for me? Good questions, before you decide, let’s explain what’s involved and the difference between the two.
Both procedures work on the principle that slight injury paired with nourishment to feed the skin will provide a glowing younger-looking skin due to the healing effects of the procedure. Before starting, a numbing cream can be applied to make the procedure comfortable, but not necessary for some patients. The numbing cream must be thoroughly removed from the skin surface and the skin cleansed before beginning treatment. Using a medical device, a series of tiny needles are discharged from the tip added to the device in a controlled manner slightly penetrating the skin’s surface. Depths of penetration are controlled by the provider depending on the patient’s skin and issues that are being addressed. As the group of needles are discharged into the skin’s surface, tiny holes are created. Nourishment via a slip agent is used to feed the skin through the thousands of tiny holes created during the procedure. New skin cells are formed in the body’s natural healing process as the old ones are pushed away. This procedure is great to target fine lines, wrinkles, skin tone, acne scarring and even surgical scarring. As the skin goes through its natural rejuvenation process, the old top layers shed away over a couple of days leaving glowing new skin. Normally patients would make this a regular part of their beauty regime every 4-6 weeks, or sometimes a series of 4-6 treatments to greatly reduce acne or scarring. As with any aesthetic procedure, the more you do the better the long-term results, but the differences carry a few risks and implications.
Microneedling is a treatment involving a tool such as a dermal roller, or pen-type medical device. The device is either rolled or dragged in circular motions across the skin causing the controlled injury to the skin. A slip or glide agent is used such as hyaluronic acid to help the tool move across the skin and feed the skin moisture through the needling sites. The risk with Microneedling is potential excess damage to the skin in the dragging process. Dermal rollers are not used by aesthetic medical providers as they cannot be adjusted for depth or create the same results as with a medical device such as a Microneedling pen with a changeable and adjustable tip for every patient. The sanitary implications alone here are important to note. With Microneedling, excess redness and even bloody scabbing can occur, and there is a potential for hyperpigmentation in areas where uneven dragging may occur.
Microchanneling is an advanced version of Microneedling. The benefit to Microchanneling is there is no dragging of a device over the skin to create needling sites. Microchannels are created by the several tiny needles housed in the patient’s individual tip. The device discharges the needles in the tip using a stamping methodology for maximum results without excess injury due to the dragging motion. Different depths can be selected to create the channels, usually between .25mm and 1.5mm. A slip agent is used ahead of the tip’s path containing hyaluronic acid and other proprietary stem cell technology ingredients to feed the skin’s channels as they are created. The result is increased production of collagen and elastin during the healing process. There is truly little downtime without the scratching or tearing of the skin’s surface as with conventional Microneedling. No bloody face. Redness is short-lived due to the stamping technique, more like a bit of a sunburn look. Heads up, the treatment doesn’t end there. After the procedure is over, you’ll feel tightening due to the minor injury process. A few hours later you may notice the sunburn feeling, warmth and know your skin is on a journey. This phase is critical and you’re now in charge of the aftercare. Once you cleanse your skin (you may be advised not to for a day to properly allow the channels to heal), you’ll feel some dryness set in. All part of the experience.
For optimal results, your provider should give you the option of aftercare products to avoid the dryness and tight feeling the days after your procedure. Your skin will need a good protection barrier for moisture as well as a good sunscreen. You’ll thank yourself for investing in medical-grade aftercare. The dry feeling, as well as peeling, will occur a few days later, confirming the treatment process is continuing. The aftercare products will help you through this phase and be available for your next procedure. Alternating Microchanneling with facials and medical-grade peels is a perfect way to accelerate the process to better skin quality, tone, and texture. A great add-on to Microchanneling is PRP (Platelet-rich plasma). PRP provides growth-factored rich serum spun from your own blood which is separated and then used to feed the channels with your body’s own natural nourishment. For optimal results, getting on a routine set up with your providers will help you commit to a skin treatment procedure every 3-6 weeks for gorgeous younger skin!
Of course, any skin procedure should be avoided if there is any sign of active acne, infection, lesions, or open injury to avoid infection or spread of bacteria. Your aesthetic provider will guide you when it’s safe to proceed with the procedure.
Pricing for both methodologies is about the same (around $350 but ask for package pricing – you’ll want more than one, and it’s less expensive that way). Now that you know the difference go for the Microchanneling procedure. Don’t be afraid to ask which device is used and do your research as an educated consumer. Ask if PRP is an option if you’re interested in that bonus treatment, it normally runs about $600 due to the expense of the equipment to prepare your blood and separate the plasma, but again think package pricing.
Complexions, LLC in Hampton, NH uses the most advanced techniques in skin rejuvenation, including Microchanneling, PRP, Medical Grade ZO peels, and ZO Medical Grade Skin Care Products. With experienced Nurse Practitioner providers as well as full Medical Aesthetic services, we offer a full portfolio of anti-aging services, including threads, fillers, neurotoxins, wellness options, and more. Our expert providers will partner with you and create treatment plans to facilitate your goals.
For a free consultation to see which procedure or combination of procedures is best for you, give our office a call at 603-926-3110.Book Now!