What are The Differences Between Medical Micro-Needling and Cosmetic Microneedling?

Have you been looking for a solution to skin scars, wrinkles, and fine lines without much success? Look no further! We have the perfect treatment you’ve been looking for. It’s called Skin Microneedling (you might have heard of it before, it’s a HUGELY popular celebrity treatment, endorsed by Amanda Holden, Rylan Clark-Neal, Jennifer Aniston, J Lo and the list goes on.

Micro-needling is a natural and organic treatment that works to restore baby collagen and elastin by stimulating the cell renewal process. We use the world’s first, and only FDA Cleared mechanical device, called SkinPen. The use of tiny, minuscule, sterile Japanese needles is used to create hundreds of small holes in the skin. These artificial microchannels trigger a natural wound healing response, deep into the dermis and epidermis layers of the skin to stimulate the production of collagen and elastin.

The treatment can be achieved through one of two approaches, namely cosmetic and medical micro-needling. Potential patients need to understand what sets the two methods apart and the available devices used in each… and yes there is a BIG difference between the two. What is the difference between the two types?

Cosmetic Micro-Needling

Cosmetic needling entails the use of short needles that are between 0.2 mm up to 0.5mm long to stimulate the skin. The needles specifically target the epidermis, which is the skin’s outer layers.

The process supports reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Nevertheless, it may not be optimally effective in the treatment of scars and acne. Such skin conditions may require deeper penetration into the skin to break up the tissue bearing the blemishes.

Cosmetic Micro-Needling Devices
Cosmetic micro-needling devices can be acquired from local stores or online shops for use at home. They include derma rollers, a handheld device that uses wheels of needles. However, keep in mind that cosmetic micro-needling tools can’t guarantee any change in the skin’s physiology. This explains why they can’t be classified as medical devices and why they have not been FDA cleared in any way. It’s important to highlight that with some cosmetic tools, ensure that you do thorough research into the ones that don’t rip or drag the skin.

Unfortunately, cosmetic micro-needling comes with a high risk of causing skin damage. Skewed needles can cause damage to the skin and may also expose you to infections and scarring. Therefore, experts recommend using a professional procedure in needling, which is medical micro-needling.

Medical Micro-Needling

Medical micro-needling employs needles start at 0.25 mm up to 2.5 mm for use on the body. The needle depth is key in targeting the deeper layers of the skin, to enable scar tissue remodelling and to penetrate the deep dermis to treat the root cause of acne. They’re useful in breaking the scar tissues and inducing skin remodelling.

A qualified practitioner oversees this medical approach to skin rejuvenation and scar treatment. The risk of infection is minimal, and scarring is less likely to happen if done correctly. The practice is clinically proven in reducing and minimise acne scarring.

Medical Micro-Needling Tools
Practitioners use medically certified devices for micro-needling. We use SkinPen Precision, an award-winning, FDA-approved tool manufactured in Dallas, Texas, America by Crown Pharmaceuticals.
SkinPen is a motorised mechanical tool; it provides for precise control of the depth of the needles, ranging from 0.25mm to 2.5mm. Through the clinical trials, it effectively stimulates collagen and elastin growth, enhancing the skin’s appearance while reducing scars, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation, melasma, stretch marks and burns.

Benefits of Medical Micro-Needling

Micro-needling, or collagen induction therapy, brings with it several benefits. One of its most outstanding advantages is that it’s a fast, easy, and safe approach to treating scars and wrinkles. It doesn’t interfere with the skin’s top layer and can, therefore, be repeated safely. The procedure is widely used in the improvement of wrinkles, fine lines, acne scars, and skin texture.

Skin Enhancement and Recovery

A professional in micro-needling will use the needling device combined with topical serums. These serve to enhance the absorption of enzymes, vitamins, lipids, and other ingredients. The repair process of the skin begins almost immediately, and the effects are visible in a day.
However, it’s advisable to avoid using heavy products like makeup on the skin for 24-48 hours after treatment. The daily application of sunscreen is advisable to prevent hyperpigmentation following the treatment.

How Often Should You Do Micro-Needling?

A series of treatments is recommended for optimal results for both cosmetic and medical micro-needling. Three treatment sessions spaced out in 4-6 weeks will be necessary for the most reliable results, using our device in the clinic.

Ask Us for More Information

Call our team today or visit our office to book a consultation session with a micro-needling professional. We don’t charge consultation fees, and we offer both online and offline appointment bookings.

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