What's the Difference Between Micro-Needling & Nano-Needling Infusion?

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Microneedling is becoming one of the most popular and effective treatments used today for skin rejuvenation. With its popularity and the ever-changing search for different skin procedures arose the development of Nano Needling. This of course brings some confusion  so my goal is to explain the differences so there is a clear understanding.

Similarities Between Nano and Microneedling

Both the Nano and microneedling treatments use a pen like device that oscillates a tip up and down to stimulate a skin reaction. They both induce cell turnover, serum infusion and provoke the healing process that results in skin transformation.

The Microneedling Difference

To understand the difference let’s start with microneedling. This procedure uses an actual needle cartridge with 12 fine pins that can be adjusted to different depths. This allows the practitioner to use superficial settings (0.5 mm) for delicate areas around the eyes and deeper depths (2.0-2.5 mm) for acne scars and wrinkles. The micro-injuries caused by the procedure stimulate the body’s natural healing process, increasing collagen and elastin production to promote skin rejuvenation. This procedure can also be effective for pigmentation, stretch marks and even hair loss. These treatments are done monthly usually in a series of 3-6 treatments.

Nano Needling

Nano needling on the other hand works a little different. It does use the same type of oscillating motion to treat the skin but the cartridge encompasses 81 silicone tips. These microscopic hair-like cones separate the cells within the epidermis to allow active products to be pushed into the skin. Nano needling only affects the epidermis, treating within the upper .25 mm of the skin. The benefits of this serum infusion treatment include pigmentation reduction, increased cell turnover, skin rejuvenation and an immediate glow with no downtime. This treatment can be done weekly to exfoliate the skin.

Which Treatment is Best for What Skin Condition?

Micro Needling and Nano Needling have their place in skin rejuvenation for almost every client and they treat many of the same skin conditions.  Either modality will have a positive effect in reducing the appearance of fine lines, improving skin tone and texture, shrinking pore size, reducing pigmentation or helping to clear acne and acne scars.

When it comes to deeper acne scars and wrinkles, hair regrowth, stretch marks and hypo-pigmentation the deeper micro- injuries associated with microneedling would be the best choice. With the goal to provide the best outcome, both procedures can be used together to advance the results for many skin conditions.  Both procedures have the ability to transform if used for the right skin condition with an educated technician.