What is Microneedling?
Microneedling is ideal for non-surgical and non-ablative treatment of various skin conditions such as aging (wrinkles, stretching), scarring (acne, surgical), and hyperpigmentation.
MTS Roller causes micro-injuries to the skin to trigger the body’s natural wound healing response. The micro-injuries stimulate the release of cytokines and growth factors that lead to accelerated induction and remodeling of collagen and elastin. Hundreds of microchannels created by the MTS Roller serve as delivery conduits that aid in infusing therapeutic serums through the dermal layers to optimize the clinical results. Clinical studies across the continents have shown that serum absorption is increased by as much as 3,000 percent when applied with MTS Roller. Moreover, the studies have also shown that treatment with MTS Roller is more consistent in increasing the skin thickness than other resurfacing treatments.
The gentle stimulation provided by the MTS Roller is far more “skin friendly” and much less painful than many other invasive and more expensive skin treatments. Unlike chemical and energy based ablations that destroy and damage the epidermis, MTS Roller leaves the entire epidermal barrier intact. The microchannels are closed within a matter of minutes to hours. This allows enough time for deeper penetration of solutions within the lower layers of the skin but short enough to minimize complications and downtime to allow the patient to resume normal routines quickly. MTS Roller eliminates commonly known negative side effects and risks associated with chemical peeling, dermabrasion, and laser resurfacing. After microneedling with MTS Roller, the skin is thicker, healthier, and more responsive to additional treatments. MTS Roller models MR2 and MR3 are designed for personal care and are virtually painless. MR5, MR10, MR15, and MR20 are clinical rollers for licensed professionals only and should be used with a topical anesthetic cream (i.e. Numb Master).
Ablative treatments like dermabrasion, chemical peels and laser resurfacing to do one thing: remove the protective epidermis to force the body to produce a new tissue layer. However, once the epidermis is removed, the lower levels of the skin are completely exposed and vulnerable to environmental contamination from dirt, dust, and bacteria. Certain risks must be accepted with these procedures: pain, long-term discomfort, long prevailing inflammation and redness, long healing period, extreme light-sensitivity for a month or more, possible irreversible pigment changes, and even additional scarring is a possiblilty.
Ablative treatments have their limits. Due to different skin structures, on the neck for instance, laser resurfacing may not be possible. Moreover, because these treatments leave the skin thinner, in some cases these procedures may actually age the skin. Microneedling is far more ‘skin friendly’ by doing much less damage and thereby encouraging faster, longer-lasting positive effects. Since the skin can recuperate faster after a microneedling treatment – often hours after treatment – the patient may see noticeable results, sooner!
Less Invasive, Less Expensive, More Effective
With so many choices, how do you choose from one non-surgical skin treatment over the other? How do you know which is best for you? Here’s an easy comparison of three non-surgical, minimally invasive techniques taking into consideration known side effects, downtime, expected results, and cost.
All treatments have a common goal: injure the skin just enough to begin natural healing processes. Ablative treatments like chemical peels, dermabrasion, and laser skin resurfacing accomplish this task by removing the entire top layer of skin. Microdermabrasion is also ablative, but it is superficial and cannot treat for deeper imperfections. New technologies like radio frequency and IPL are non-ablative (they do not remove the top layer) and have demonstrated effectiveness, but the equipment is very expensive thus treatments can be costly to the patient. Microneedling is unique because it produces similar results without expensive equipment and without removing skin layers; treatments are comparatively inexpensive and pose minimal risks.
The downtime required of various skin therapies depends on the depth of the injury caused to the skin. Microdermabrasion produces very little downtime – a few hours of tingling and redness. But a deep chemical peel can keep you at home on painkillers for as much as 2 weeks.
Dermabrasion and laser resurfacing will leave the skin red and swollen for around ten days; total recuperation can be up to three weeks.
Microneedling is truly non-ablative and produces little downtime – skin may be red and sensitive for about two to three hours after treatment.
Skin Treatment Comparison
Microneedling with MTS topical products: Less Invasive, less expensive, and more effective
Risks And Side Effects
There are ample stories about inadequate care by professionals when performing dermabrasion, chemical peels and laser resurfacing. Not only do these procedures require a great deal of training to master, but they also require some amount of artistry in judging how much of the skin to remove: too little, and the patient walks away with less than what they paid for; too much, and there could be permanent damage like scarring or pigmentation changes. Moreover, these treatments may not be suitable for people with darker skin types.
Meanwhile, new machine-based treatments like radio frequency, IPL, and other non-ablatives do not exhibit many side effects, but the performance/artistry risks are the same. Microdermabrasion appears to have the advantage of exhibiting fewer side effects and less risk, because it is a less-invasive procedure. However, microdermabrasion has limited effectiveness on removing deeper acne scars, wrinkles, age spots, and/or stretch marks.
Microneedling has none of the common risks and offers all of the advantages of the most invasive and most expensive treatments. The needles can only go into the skin so far: that’s why CRL offers six different models of our MTS Roller. The key variable, is for the practitioner to determine which of the rollers to use. Even if the provider goes too deep, the damage is minimal and not permanent.
In terms of delivering smoother skin and a longer lasting effect, clinical studies have shown that the mesotherapeutic effect of microneedling at 0.5mm needle depth tends to outperform other ablative treatments (chemical peel, dermabrasion, laser resurfacing), as well as CO2 laser, Fraxel, and IPL.