Microdermabrasion and microneedling are both skin care treatments used to deal with cosmetic and medical skin conditions. The treatment sessions may range from a few minutes up to an hour per session. Patients might require multiple sessions for both types of treatments.
The blog looks into the differences between these skin care procedures with regard to methods, results, and cost.
It is an offshoot of dermabrasion and skin resurfacing and applied on the face and body to exfoliate damaged or dead cells at the top surface of skin.
Dermatologists recommend microdermabrasion to treat:
• Acne scars
• Age spots
• uneven skin tone (hyperpigmentation)
• dull complexion
Microdermabrasion works like gentle “sandpapering” the skin. A rough tip dedicated machine detaches the top layer of skin. The machine polishes the skin with its shoot out tiny crystal or diamond tip, or with the use of rough particles. Some microdermabrasion machines can suck up the debris removed from the skin. The patients observe immediate results with a smoother feel in their skin. They may find it look brighter and more even-toned.
Most microdermabrasion treatments need more than one session irrespective of the type of machine used due to the fact that only a very thin layer of skin can be removed at a time. Since skin is live, grows, and changes with time, follow-up treatments are needed for better results.
The patients might need no or some time to heal up with this painless noninvasive skin procedure.
Some side effects are:
• little skin irritation
• tenderness of skin
• infection in case of sensitivity of skin
It is applied on:
Being relatively new skin care treatment than microdermabrasion, microneedling is also termed as:
• percutaneous collagen induction
• skin needling
• collagen induction therapy (CIT)
According to dermatologists, microneedling treats skin problems, such as:
• large pores
• acne scars
• fine lines and wrinkles
• uneven skin texture
• brown spots and hyperpigmentation
• stretch marks
The treatment triggers the skin to repair itself. It grows more collagen, or elastic tissue to thicken skin and plumping up fine lines and wrinkles.
The procedure involves 0.5 to 3 mm fine needles to poke tiny holes in the skin. A standard tool is used in microneedling called dermaroller. It has a small wheel with rows of fine needles all around it. The tool rolls along the skin to create tiny holes per square centimeter.
The microneedling Manchester machine looks like a tattoo machine with its tip pushing out needles back and forth as it moves across the under-treatment skin.
The procedure is slightly painful and might need a numbing cream to put on on your skin before the treatment.
After treatment, the patient might need to apply a skin cream containing:
• vitamin C
• vitamin E
• vitamin A
Microneedling machines with lasers produce more collagen.
Microneedling results depend on how deep the needles penetrate in the skin. The skin may take a few days to heal up along with following side effects:
• pimples (less common)
The results may take several weeks to months after treatment since new collagen growth takes 3 to 6 months after the treatment. Some patients require more than one treatments to improve their skin’s thickness and elasticity. Microneedling has better results when combined with vitamin A and vitamin C skin products.
Tips for care after treatment:
The after-treatment care for both microdermabrasion and microneedling is similar, though the former needs a little more time for healing.
The patients should follow the following care:
• avoid direct sunlight
• avoid makeup
• keep skin clean
• avoid strong cleansers
• avoid hot baths or soaking the skin
• avoid exercise and sweating a lot
• avoid acne medication
• avoid perfumed moisturizers
• avoid chemical peels or creams
• avoid retinoid creams
• use a cold compress if needed
• use recommended medicated creams
Safety with Microneedling
The dermatologists always discourage at-home microneedling practice as the rollers may harm the skin surface. The home machines for microneedling usually have duller and shorter needles. It is not good to use a low-quality microneedling tool or doing the procedure incorrectly without having expertise as it can damage the skin.
Possible side effects are:
Safety with Microdermabrasion
Microdermabrasion is although simple treatment yet it is better to consult Microdermabrasion Manchester healthcare provider and follow the right pre- and post-care guidelines.
The side effects are possibly:
Microdermabrasion vs. microneedling costs
The Cost in both the types of treatment vary, depending on things like:
• the area treated
• number of treatments
• provider’s fees
• combination treatments
According to user reviews, a single microneedling treatment costs about US 100 – 200, which is a little more expensive than microdermabrasion.
According to the 2018 statistic report from the American Society for Plastic Surgeons, microdermabrasion costs an average of US$ 131 per treatment.