It’s the year 2021 and the Fountain of Youth is for sale if you know what you’re looking for. Unfortunately for many of us, when we begin our research on how to obtain an enviable youthful glow, we are met with pages upon pages of eye raising procedures, some resembling those of medieval medical practices. My purpose here today is to provide even a morsel of clarification between two commonly confused and mistaken skin care procedures, Microdermabrasion and Microneedling

 

Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion treatments use a mildly abrasive hand held instrument to gently and thoroughly sand your skin, removing the damaged, uneven outer layer.

You may hear of diamond tip, crystal, or hydro microdermabrasion. These are the 3 different instrument methods used for the procedure. Diamond tip instruments use a very fine diamond tip to exfoliate the outer layers whereas crystal instruments create a “sandblasting” effect with small crystal particles. Hydro microdermabrasion uses water to remove outer layers and refresh the skin. We use crystals at Glow Skin Care and Laser!

This procedure is most commonly performed on the face and neck.

What is Microdermabrasion recommended for?

Microdermabrasion can be used for both medical and cosmetic purposes. The American Academy of Dermatology Association (AADA) suggests the use of Microdermabrasion for : 

  • Dull Complexion
  • Uneven skin tone or texture
  • Age spots
  • Dark spots
  • Melasma

The AADA also states that microdermabrasion can be used in tandem with other anti-aging products as it allows these solutions to penetrate more deeply into the skin’s surface.

Your Appointment

The average microdermabrasion appointments can take from 45 mins – 1.5 hours.

At Glow Skin Care and Laser we offer microdermabrasion on it own and follow the treatment with a mask to sooth the skin (45 minutes appointment). We also offer the option of including the treatment with a full facial which takes 1 hours and 15 minutes, on average.

View our facials here!

Your practitioner may offer microdermabrasion with light therapy treatments. Light waves are able to reach much deeper layers of the skin which allows us treat not only the surface, but what is underneath as well.

For more information on the various light therapy treatments we offer click here! 

Our Pricing

Microdermabrasion & Mask $50

Add Microdermabrasion to any facial for $30

Microdermabrasion & Blue Light Treatment $80

Microdermabrasion & Green Light Treatment $80

Microdermabrasion and Red Light Lifting Treatment $90

Add Microdermabrasion to any facial for $30

Number of Treatments

Although we are forever grateful for the advances in skin care technology, microdermabrasion can remove only so many damaged skin layers within one session. It is recommended to return for follow-up microdermabrasion sessions to achieve peak results.

Your skin never stops working for you! Consider including microdermabrasion into your monthly/bimonthly/semi-yearly skin care regime for continuously glowing skin.  

Recovery

The beautiful part of this procedure is there is almost no recovery. Your skin will be red and tender immediately following your appointment, however it is most likely you’ll be healed up by the next day.

Everyone is different and so is their skin. If you are unsure of how your skin will react to your first treatment, I recommend scheduling your appointment the day before a day off or a “down day”.

It is important to remember that your skin may be more sensitive following the procedure as outer protective layers have been removed. Take extra precaution to ensure dirt and bacteria do not come into contact with the fresh skin. Avoid touching your face, consider waiting 24-48 hours before applying makeup, and wash your masks! 

Results 

Following your microdermabrasion treatment you will find yourself with more even, fresh, and glowing skin. 

 

Microneedling

Microneedling is gaining traction in the skin care world due to its wide range of benefits and accessibility. It is a minimally invasive procedure that also uses a handheld device, however the microneedling device contains fine needles that inflict micro-punctures to the skin. These controlled injuries trigger the skin’s natural repair processes stimulating collagen and elastin production. 

Collagen and elastin are both structural proteins within the body’s connective tissue. Both functions are essentially to hold us together, however elastin has the added function of allowing skin to “snap back”. Learn more about the benefits of collagen here!

As we age and with exposure to UV rays, tobacco smoke, etc., our body’s natural collagen and elastin production diminishes. The procedure of microneedling tells the skin to direct large amounts of healing and regeneration to the treated area, which in turn induces the production of fresh skin cells, collagen, and elastin. 

What Makes Microneedling Different From Microdermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion removes damaged and exposed outer skin layers to reveal the fresh undamaged layers underneath, but how do we address deeper skin imperfections such as scarring and deep wrinkles? Different from microdermabrasion, microneedling uses it’s micro-puncturing method to create “channels” and controlled distruption to layers that can otherwise only be accessed through light therapy and laser treatments.

Microdermabrasion REMOVES & REFRESHES, whereas microneedling’s punctures STIMULATES HEALING, GROWTH, & REGENERATION of new skin cells, collagen, and elastin.

 

What is Microneedling recommended for?

This procedure can also be used for both medical and cosmetic purposes. The American Academy of Dermatology Association (AADA) suggests Microneedling may improve:

  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Large pores
  • Scars
  • Acne Scars
  • Uneven skin texture
  • Stretchmarks
  • Brown spots or hyperpigmentation 

We recommend microneedling for those looking to heal imperfections that imbed themselves below the skin’s superficial surface such deep wrinkles, scarring, sun damage, uneven skin, loose skin, and large pores.

Your Appointment

A small disclaimer: there will be some blood but don’t worry!

During the needling process, blood appearing on the skin’s surface is an indication that the needles have punctured to the appropriate depth and have created the desired “channels” for healing and nourishment. 

You might be wondering, does it hurt? 

As you arrive for your appointment with Glow Skin Care and Laser we apply a medical grade topical anesthetic cream to the treatment area for numbing. The cream requires 45 minutes to reach optimal effectiveness. During the needling treatment you may feel pressure and some pinching, however it is otherwise a comfortable experience.

Once the numbing process has been completed, the practitioner will needle the desired areas using the handheld device while simultaneously applying hyaluronic acid to the area. You may hear a whirring, slurping sound during the procedure.

The channels created within the skin during microneedling also allow for nourishing hyaluronic acid, to be applied to ordinarily untouched layers. As the hyaluronic serum and your blood combine, both substances are able to seep deep into these channels, applying nourishment and kickstarting healing.

Some practitioners provide microneedling with plasma-rich platelets (PRP) which separates platelets from the blood of the person having the procedure and utilizes them during the treatment. Unfortunately we do not offer microneedling with PRP however you can click here to learn more!

Microneedling can take 1 hour and 15 min – 2.5 hours depending on the area of the procedure. This includes numbing time.

Our Pricing

Microneedling Face $150

Microneedling Face & Neck $200

Please contact us for pricing for unlisted areas

Number of Treatments

For optimal results, microneedling requires at least 3 treatments 6-8 weeks apart. Results can be seen after the first treatment however the number of treatments required for complete & truly life changing results depends on the individual and their skin. We recommend booking a totally free and nonobligatory consultation. Contact us to book your consultation! 

Recovery

You will be noticeably red and may feel some residual soreness following your appointment. We recommend booking your appointment for a time when you are able to get to the comfort of your own home immediately after.

We also recommend you book your needling appointment when your schedule allows you to take at least 2 days for recovery. Your freshly needled skin will require special attention and rest as the healing process begins.

For 2 days you will need to halt your regular skin care routine, and wash your skin with only water. You will be provided with hyaluronic acid serum to apply every 2-3 hours for 2 days. 

Once your skin loses it’s freshly needled “raw” look, after about 2-4 days, you can begin to use a gentle cleanser. As skin becomes healed but flakey, you may use a scrub and gently exfoliate away the skin particles. You may return to your usual skin care regime after the healing has been completed.

Similarly to microdermabrasion, your skin will be sensitive and exposed following the procedure. Take extra precaution to ensure dirt and bacteria do not come into contact with the treated skin. Rest, avoid touching your face, and wash your masks! 

Please do not hesitate to call us if you have any questions during recovery. 

Results 

Microneedling is able to address a number of imperfections because it is designed to stimulate the processes your body already has in order to heal and produce collagen and elastin. As you continue with your suggested treatments your skin will become clear and more firm as your body begins to heal and regenerate from the micro-injuries created by the needles.  

 

Conclusion

Microdermabrasion is great for a deep refreshing or routine clean-up of exposed and damaged outer layers. It requires almost no recovery and is a great option for those looking to clean up slight imperfections and brighten their complexion. 

For individuals searching for a more intense and permanent solution for deeper imperfections (scarring, large pores, loose skin, uneven skin, etc.) without dropping crazy coin on botox and other cosmetic procedures, microneedling may be right for you! 

Still unsure of what to do next on your skin care journey? Send us a message!