Embarrassed by unsightly skin when in public or meeting new people? Microneedling and nano-needling treatments may provide relief.
These popular and effective acupuncture treatments are frequently compared to, and sometimes confused with, each other – and understandably so.
Both treatments are regularly used by acupuncturists to treat various skin conditions, blemishes, scars, and more, and both utilize an oscillating, pen-like tool that pierces the skin to some extent, stimulating the body’s natural healing process.
Let’s break down the difference between nano-needling vs. microneedling. With microneedling, tiny needles penetrate beyond a patient’s epidermis, or outermost layer of skin, into the dermis – the thicker, inner layer. By creating micro-injuries, this method encourages collagen production which, in turn, fosters healing and better-looking skin.
Because it goes deeper into the skin than nano-needling, microneedling is more effective in treating skin conditions, such as:
- Age lines
- Deep wrinkles
- Hypopigmentation (lack of color in skin)
- Acne scars
- Stretch marks
- Skin texture
Microneedling is also frequently used to stimulate dormant hair follicles and prompt new growth. It is also believed to be effective in treating male pattern baldness and a condition known as alopecia areata, which causes hair to fall out in patches.
Multiple appointments are typically required for successful results, with redness lasting anywhere from 8-12 hours after treatment. Microneedling can be implemented along with other treatments, such as facial rejuvenation acupuncture. Together, these complementary treatments can help to lift, firm, and tighten the skin on the face, neck, and eyes.
Nano-needling, on the other hand, is also used to treat age lines and foster smoother skin tone, as well as other improvements, but does so without the use of needles. Tiny silicone cones are used instead to create nanochannels in the epidermis, and treatment is recommended for those with sensitive skin, or who suffer from acne breakouts, fine lines and wrinkles, and dark, baggy eyes.
Because only the epidermis is affected, nano-needling is considered a less invasive treatment, making it a safe and swift option for those looking to improve the aesthetics of their skin. While results are immediately evident, they are also briefer, making more frequent treatments necessary.
While microneedling and nano-needling are generally safe for anyone looking to improve their skin health, there are some exceptions, such as individuals with local infection, those with extreme keloidal tendencies (thick, raised scars), or chemo and radiation patients. Talk to your family doctor and acupuncturist before scheduling your appointment.
The team at Resilient Health Acupuncture regularly harnesses the healing powers of Traditional Chinese Medicine and modern technology to produce collagen and foster smoother, healthier skin. By leveraging Chinese herbal formulas and hyaluronic acid, our microneedling treatments penetrate deeper into the skin to deliver results that last far longer than other, similar treatments. Results can last 3-5 years before additional treatments are necessary.
Now that you know the difference between nano-needling vs. microneedling, find out which treatment is right for you. Contact our team today or schedule your first appointment online.