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Nano Needling vs. Micro Needling

  • Lauren Molter
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If you are a regular client at Sienna Skin & Beauty, then you’ve possibly tried a nano needling treatment before or have at least heard about it. So what is nano needling and how is it different from micro needling? In short, nano needling is a non invasive micro exfoliation and transdermal serum delivery system that only penetrates the topmost layer of the skin, or the epidermis (nonliving skin tissue) while micro needling utilizes the same method, but penetrates down to the dermis (living skin tissue). But there’s more, so let’s break it down.

Let’s talk about nano needling first, since some clients are already familiar with it. Currently at Sienna Skin & Beauty, I utilize Bio Therapeutic’s BT Titan skin pen which is made for nano needling only. BT Titan utilizes nano tips to penetrate the skin, so they are much smaller and more gentle than actual needles. In a nano needling treatment, the skin is double cleansed, extractions are done, and then a potent hyaluronic serum is applied over the skin and nano needling is performed over the slip and glide of the serum. The tiny nano tips create little punctures or channels in the skin to carry the hyaluronic serum much deeper than it would normally be able to go. The nano tips are also stimulating the lower levels of the skin, creating a controlled injury response which causes the skin to produce more collagen and elastin. The result is powerful anti aging, resurfacing and skin plumping results, especially if performed over an extended period of time. Side effects and down time is minimal, making this a suitable service for those with more sensitive skin. Nano needling is best to treat aging skin, fine lines, hyperpigmentation, large pores, and scarring. It can also be used to treat the delicate eye area and the lips.

I’m excited to announce that Sienna Skin & Beauty will be upgrading to Dermalogica’s Pro Pen which can perform both nano needling AND micro needling. The results are far more impactful than the BT Titan and I can’t wait for you to try it!

So how is micro needling different than nano needling? The same method is used, however micro needling utilizes needles, which penetrate to the dermis (living skin tissue). This provides deeper and more powerful results pertaining to anti aging, resurfacing and skin plumping. Microneedling is best for those who have more advanced signs of skin aging (wrinkles as opposed to fine lines), deep scarring, and hyperpigmentation. With micro needling, there is more risk for side effects including swelling, discomfort, redness, bruising, flaking and dryness. Because of the intensity of this treatment, a numbing cream is applied prior to micro needling. As with nano needling, consistency is required for lasting results.

Nano needling and micro needling may not be suitable for everyone. Contraindications may include active acne, skin infections, keloid scarring, pregnancy, active cancer, diabetes, raised lesions, immune-suppression diseases, and side effects from certain medications such as blood thinners.

These services will be added to the menu as they become available. I can’t wait to introduce you to the new Dermalogica Pro Pen!