Micro Channeling is the next generation of Microneedling

Micro channeling is one of the most popular non-surgical skin enhancement procedures. Although it is similar to microneedling, it has notable and important differences. At the aesthetics meeting in April, micro channeling was dubbed a “hot topic.” After attending a session on the benefits of the treatment and seeing doctors learn how to use the tool, I wanted to learn more about this new wave of skin-enhancing technology. I turned to experts to explain how micro channeling is different from microneedling, what its benefits are, and who might be a good candidate for it.

What is micro channeling?

To put it simply, a dermatologist from New Orleans, Louisiana Mary Lupo, MD explains that micro-channeling involves “creating controlled needle channels in the skin to enhance the penetration of topicals or PRP (platelet-rich plasma injections) and/or to induce micro-lesions to stimulate repair wounds (resulting in new collagen)”.

What is the difference between micro channeling and microneedling?

“Microneedling is basically a different style of microneedling [with a] a different technique and device,” says Ava Shamban, MD, a dermatologist in Beverly Hills, California. “The microneedling procedure involves taking a roller with multiple fine points and rolling it over the skin. Some systems use a different structure and actually glide the tiny, sharp needles over the skin almost creating little channels. The term micro-channels, on the other hand, refers to a different device that uses a plate containing these tiny needles which are used to dab the skin, creating micro-injuries to the skin through the formation of vertical channels.

Some major differences to note between micro-channeling and micro-needling are that with micro-channeling, channels are “more vertical in the dermis” and wounds are more uniform in size and more superficial, notes Dr. Shamban . Dr. Lupo says that micro-channeling is usually done at 0.25 millimeters while micro-needling is usually 1-3 millimeters.

“Microneedling and derma rolling injure the skin to stimulate the body’s natural healing process, thereby rejuvenating the skin,” says Omaha, dermatologist NE Joel Schlessinger, MD. “Micro-channeling goes one step further and uses a sterile, single-use device.”

Additionally, as the name suggests, micro-channeling offers the “ability to ‘channel’ fluids into the skin because needles are hollow tubes that allow the transfer of products into the skin, much like a ordinary ‘needle’,” explains Dr. Schlessinger.

The advantages of micro channeling versus microneedling

According to Dr. Schlessinger, one of the best benefits of micro-channeling is that it helps stimulate the production of collagen and elastin in the skin. Other benefits he notes include improving rough texture, large pores, superficial acne, and dull skin. “Both procedures allow the delivery of active ingredients deeper into the skin when applied immediately after the procedure,” says Dr. Shamban.

Where micro-channeling has an edge is that, in theory, it’s less traumatic to the skin than micro-needling, so it leads to less inflammation, Dr. Shamban says. While classic rolling techniques are rolled against the skin, which can lead to micro tears, Dr. Schlessinger points out that micro channeling is “delivered in a completely different way. It is applied perpendicular to the skin, a bit like a “tampon”, which avoids bleeding and micro-tears.

Micro channeling has a faster recovery period

Micro channeling can be combined with other treatments. For example, Dr. Schlessinger likes to use it with hyaluronic acid fillers or Botox Cosmetic, but if you’re just micro-channeling, there’s almost no downtime. “It doesn’t require any numbness and there will be little to no blood, just redness afterwards,” says Dr. Lupo. “With microneedling, you look like raw meat for about an hour and you have to have a topical anesthetic to tolerate.”

What should a patient expect during a micro-channeling appointment?

Dr. Shamban says once the skin is cleansed, the doctor will start the treatment. In Dr. Schlessinger’s practice, the device is applied to the treatment area for approximately 30 minutes. During this time, tiny needles penetrate the skin and infuse the chosen serum into the skin.

Who is a good candidate for micro channeling?

Dr. Shamban says micro-channeling is particularly beneficial for patients with “fine lines and wrinkles, acne scars or dull skin.” However, Dr. Lupo notes that patients with an active inflammatory skin condition at the site, such as rosacea, active eczema, psoriasis, or seborrheic dermatitis, should avoid treatment. Talk to your dermatologist before receiving the treatment to find out if it is right for your skin.

Micro-Pipe Tracking Tips

Since there’s virtually no downtime, there’s not a ton of tracking that needs to happen. After a micro-channeling treatment, Dr. Shamban says you shouldn’t wash your face for six hours or apply anything to your face for two hours, including sunscreen or skincare products. . “No exfoliation or sun for seven days, no makeup for one day, and avoid strenuous exercise for a few days,” advises Dr. Shamban.

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