Both microdermabrasion and skin needling have begun to become popular in the beauty industry, as both are touted to be great for rejuvenating the skin and bringing out that innate glow! What adds to this is the fact that they are suitable for most skin conditions, and are both considered to be low on risk and high on reward. We get a lot of clients who get confused between the two, and this post is for them.
The main difference between microdermabrasion and skin needling Is
The process! Microdermabrasion is non-invasive, non-surgical procedure that uses a crystal tipped wand to gently exfoliate the superficial layer of the skin, and vacuum away the dead skin cells to improve circulation and relieve dull and lifeless skin, and bring an instant glow that lasts long.
Skin needling or Collagen Induction Therapy, on the other hand, is also a non-surgical, but mildly invasive cosmetic treatment which uses superfine needles to make micro wounds on the skin’s surface with a hand held roller, stimulating production of collagen and elastin, the building blocks of new skin cells.
Both the treatments will result in skin that looks fresher and smoother, albeit in different ways!
Other distinguishing points between the two treatments
- They are used differently when it comes to treating skin concerns
Microdermabrasion is often used as a complimentary treatment for improving skin quality in the case of sun damaged skin, dull and lifeless skin, stretch marks, age spots, acne scarring, black heads, white heads, fine lines and even hyperpigmentation.
Skin needling is a more intensive treatment as it goes below the superficial layer. It is commonly used as a primary treatment for the same skin concerns listed above for microdermabrasion, as well as for treating severe acne scars, uneven skin tone and texture or saggy skin.
So, while microdermabrasion is used to buff away superficial skin conditions, skin needling is often used to take care of deeper-rooted concerns.
- There are different levels of pain involved
Microdermabrasion might not be perceived as being very comfortable, but most clients we have treated have reportedly enjoyed the process. It is definitely not painful as it only targets the topmost layer of skin. At max, clients feel a mild suction sensation when the crystal wand passes over their skin.
Skin needling could be relatively more painful, as there are micro punctures being made in the skin. Having said that, the pain sensitivity might vary from one person to another. At Victorian Laser & Skin Clinic, we use a topical numbing cream prior to the procedure to make it painfree and comfortable for our clients.
- And the aftercare protocol differs as well
For microdermabrasion, it is advisable to stay away from the sun as well as certain topical products that contain Retinoid, glycolic acid or other AHAs for around 48 hours post the procedure, unless directed otherwise. This is relatively simple to follow.
Skin needling might require a comparatively stricter skincare regimen for a few days post procedure. This will also entail avoiding UV exposure and staying away from harsher skincare products and perfumed products for a few days. Apart from this, you would also be required to avoid shaving, swimming, saunas and strenuous exercise for a few days.
- So, which one is the better option for you?
This can only be decided by an experienced cosmetic doctor after examining your skin conditions. Despite their similarities in terms of skin concerns being treated, there are huge differences in the process and the aftercare, not to mention the cost as well. If you would like to understand what would be better for you, feel free to schedule a no-obligation consultation with our experts.