Micro-Needling Meets Microdermabrasion
Last updated on September 17th, 2019
Facial scars are the most common reason why people have skin resurfacing but because many of them have superficial scars (and perhaps a few deeper scars), they don’t want to take unnecessary risks, like lasers treatments, chemical peels, subcision or even surgery. That’s why microdermabrasion is so appealing. Microdermabrasion may be very useful for people with active acne, mild acne discoloration, pick marks, and very superficial or raised acne scars. Dermatologists use microdermabrasion to help unclog pores and clear acne. Often used in combination with gentle glycolic peels and medical acne extractions, microderm can help speed up acne clearing. How it is performed, essentially, is the skin is sandblasted with a micro-crystal flow which effectively peels off a very fine skin layer. This layer is only made of dead cells which explains why the live tissue underneath is not damaged in any way. Microdermabrasion is effective on both sunken and raised scars but due to its superficial nature, it works better on raised scars than on sunken scars.
Because the Dermapen treatment does not include exfoliation, it is perfectly matched with the microdermabrasion treatment and can be administered in conjunction 100% of the time. Because of the sloughing off of the dead skin caused by dermabrasion, it makes way for the micro-needling and serums to penetrate. One pass with the microdermabrasion machine causes exfoliation and the breaking down of the dead cell barrier. Then, as the Dermapen treatment begins, micro-needles puncture the skin, creating a channel or micro-wound. The controlled injury triggers the body to fill these micro-wounds by producing new collagen and elastin in the papillary dermis. In addition, new capillaries are formed. This neovascularisation and neocollagenesis following treatment leads to reduction of scars and skin rejuvenation, i.e., improved skin texture, firmness and hydration.