Microdermabrasion or Micro-Needling?
September 9, 2017
Dear VIB (Very Important Beauty),
Are you as confused as I am when it comes to deciding between a Microdermabrasion or Micro-Needling treatment? Not only do the procedures sound severe, but also the words abrasion and needling suggest that your skin is going downtown for a major overhaul. Here’s the skinny on what they do.
Microdermabrasion treatments buff and polish the skin using a stream of microcrystals or a diamond tip with suction, gently sanding your skin and removing the thicker, uneven outer layer.
It is noninvasive—meaning nothing is entering or penetrating your skin.
Microdermabrasion removes the superficial layer of dead, dry, skin we notice after exposure to the sun, cold and dry climates, chemical peels, and Retin-A application. It can also help minimize fine lines and wrinkles, mild pigment changes, and speed acne resolution. Microdermabrasion is the perfect complement to a facial, leaving your skin looking refreshed and feeling soft and smooth
So, you’re wondering what’s the downside? Honestly, I can’t think of any one thing. Your skin may be slightly pink and sensitive just after the treatment, but that goes away quickly, leaving you with radiant healthier skin.
Micro-Needling, like Microdermabrasion, is safe for all skin types and has a quick 24-hour recovery time. Micro-Needling or CIT (Collagen Induction Therapy) is accomplished with a powered hand piece that creates tiny channels into the face, neck or décolleté, stimulating the body’s natural healing process to create collagen and elastin.
After 3-6 treatments, spaced four weeks apart, you can expect improvement in skin texture and fine lines. Also, this form of collagen induction reduces pockmarks due to acne and minimizes pore size.
Depending on the treatment area, the procedure usually takes less than an hour but additional time is necessary to apply a topical numbing gel to the treatment area, so your in-office visit may vary.
You experience minimal discomfort during the treatment and should avoid excessive sweating, and application of face products or makeup for at least 24 hours.
Micro Needling is an excellent treatment for aging skin. Collagen production decreases with age, resulting in loose, crepey skin. Stimulating collagen growth helps to restore skin tone and a more youthful look. Who doesn’t want that?
When deciding on any procedure, always consider your lifestyle and what works best for you. Both treatments will leave your skin looking refreshed and healthy.
If you get monthly facials, consider incorporating a Microdermabrasion treatment every other month. If you’re over 30 and notice that your skin is losing its plumpness and elasticity, think about Micro-Needling to ramp up your collagen production and restore your skin’s natural suppleness and youthful glow.