Micro-Needle, Micro-Dermabrasion, Micro-Laser Peel...What's the difference?

If you are someone who struggles to keep your skin's texture smooth and soft, and you have seen a skin care specialist for that very struggle- chances are you have been recommended either microdermabrasion, micro needling or micro laser peels at some point. Now I am talking about those that suffer from moderate to severe acne scarring or wrinkling. These conditions require a "triggered" repair through the wound healing cascade- from the inside, out. 

The three treatments I have named and will cover in this article are the three that majority of my texture-suffering patients have either tried, heard-of or purchased and are anxiously waiting to start. That does not mean that these are the ONLY options. In my opinion, just the most common. Their results and levels of aggression range from mild to dramatic. Let's start with baby steps...

Microdermabrasion:

SilkPeel Dermalinfusion Microdermabrasion

This is one of our favorite microdermabrasion systems on today's market, the SilkPeel Dermalinfusion by Envy Medical. This system uses crushed, medical-grade diamonds with a surrounding vacuum suction to gently exfoliate the surface of the skin while sucking away dead skin, debris and oils. The SilkPeel Dermalinfusion system is unique from other crystal-free microderms in that it is able to simultaneously infuse condition specific topicals to the skin while treating- aiding in hydration, unwanted pigmentation and active acne. In my professional opinion, this treatment is the softest, least aggressive. It will offer a mild-moderate improvement on skin's texture ONLY if done on a highly consistent basis of about once every two weeks. Even with consistent and potentially aggressive microderm, the results are very superficial therefore making it difficult to get deep dermal repair for a more severe condition. I would say this is a good option for the younger, most-sensitive acne sufferer. 

Results of consistent treatment with SilkPeel Microdermabrasion w/Salicylic Acid Infusion

Results of consistent treatment with SilkPeel Microdermabrasion w/Salicylic Acid Infusion

Micro Needling:

Rejuvapen Micro Needling - Collagen Induction Therapy

This video showcases RefineUSA's Rejuvapen for Micro Needling also known as "Collagen Induction Therapy"

Micro Needling, or Collagen Induction Therapy(CIT), utilizes a device (typically a roller or pen) with a series of fine, surgical stainless-steel needles precisely positioned that penetrate down into the dermis at a controlled depth and speed in order to break up thick fibrous bonds found in scarring, stretch marks or lax skin. By sort of "air-rating" the skin we are able to stimulate the wound healing cascade- in which we produce new, healthy skin and can replace damaged cells from the inside, out. 

This procedure is done with the aid of a topical anesthetic, making it very comfortable from a patient's standpoint. CIT is a quick procedure typically completed in about an hour that is considered painless by most, with very little recovery/downtime. 

This procedure is my absolute "GO-TO" for the toughest conditions. My patient results with CIT are comparable, and sometimes can even surpass that of aggressive laser resurfacing! Until now, it was next to impossible to recommend a non-invasive treatment that is able to provide patients with satisfying results on removing stretch marks! Stretch marks are one of the most difficult conditions to address, but can be done with CIT in as little as 4 sessions.

The number of treatments you need, as well as recommendations on Growth Factors vs PRP will be on a case by case basis. The growth factors and PRP are two options for added benefit including better result and quicker healing! No doubt, micro needling is a HUGE personal fave!

Tip: There are some MAJOR differences in device quality (i.e. pen vs roller), so always do your research before committing! 

I would have to put Micro Needling (CIT) in the category of moderate-dramatic improvement with it being not as aggressive as laser therapy ONLY because it does not have the heat element (meaning you get less inflammation=quicker healing!) and it needs multiple sessions.

Rejuvapen Micro Needling - Collagen Induction Therapy Results Example

Rejuvapen Micro Needling - Collagen Induction Therapy Results Example

Micro-Laser-Peel:

Sciton Micro-Laser-Peel

The video above comes from our personal favorite laser manufacture Sciton, Inc. and showcases a few of their laser resurfacing procedures including the micro-laser-peel. 

Collimated, coherent channels of light penetrate the skin and absorb in materials found in blood as well as in intra-cellular and extra-cellular water causing a vaporization effect. By vaporizing channels into the dermis of the skin, we are triggering the wound healing cascade causing new dermal elements such as collagen and elastin to be produced. This procedure works in a way that is VERY similar to Collagen Induction Therapy with the main difference being heat. Adding the heat element or creating those preforations into the dermis via laser is proven to pro-long downtime leading to a little bit longer recovery (about 7-10 days). This treatment is considered aggressive in nature because of it's associated discomfort and healing. It does, however, provide outstanding, dramatic results in as little as one treatment. 

Sciton MicroLaserPeel Results Example

Sciton MicroLaserPeel Results Example

 

There you have the difference between microdermabrasion, micro needling and micro-laser-peels. My top recommendation? Micro Needling with PRP. Wanna know why? Give me a call 208-888-7831.

-Britt