Whether you’re a doctor, nurse, PA, or an aesthetician, here are some common questions and answers to aid you in your search for the right medical microneedling system to add to your practice.
What is medical microneedling?
Microneedling, originally known as collagen induction therapy, has been around since the 1990s. The procedure was originally created as a way to achieve more youthful-looking skin and has since been used on a wide range of skin conditions including scars, skin discoloration, and wrinkles.
Microneedling uses a device with tiny needles on the end (0.1 to 3 millimeters) to create tiny punctures on the surface of the skin. These micro-injuries trick your body into believing it is wounded, triggering the skin to release new collagen and elastin. Ultimately, the result is smoother, firmer, and more even-toned skin.
Watch how this animated video succinctly explains what medical microneedling with MDPen is all about.
What features should you look for in a microneedling device?
Important factors to look for in professional medical microneedling pens are adjustable needle depths, adaptable operating speeds, and disposable needle tips.
1. Needle Depth.
Depth in microneedling is most important in treating skin conditions and should be adjusted based on the needs of the client. For example, a depth of 1.5 to 3 mm can be recommended for acne and scarring while a depth of .01 to .05 mm is best for hyperpigmentation.
2. Operating Speed
Added to that, your microneedling pen should be capable to offer varying operating speeds from 6,500 to 17,500 revolutions per minute RPMs. Underpowered microneedling pens can get caught on the patient’s skin, and prevent even and smooth microchannels.
3. Needle Tips
Also important are disposable needle tips as they prevent the risk of infection. Varying sizes should depend on the treatment, from 12, 32 gauge to 160 microscopic needles. MDPen offers two kinds of microneedles — the refine and the restore needles. Check out this blog.
Microneedling is based on creating micro-injuries to your skin. As is the case with most injuries, the skin will be a little raw and tender in the days after. Therefore, keeping the wounds clean to avoid infection should be the first step. Use products that have been clinically evaluated to be used with Microneedling. Use a very gentle cleanser and tepid water to wash the skin for the first hours after treatment.
After that, chemical-free skincare serums are the best way to maximize the results of a microneedling treatment. When selecting serums, the most important factor to consider is hydration. Microneedling creates Trans Dermal Water Loss (TWEL) which makes the skin to become very dry immediately after treatment. Hyaluronic acid (HA) is the best way to restore the water balance to your skin. Additionally, HA will reach the lower layers quickly because of your opened pores.
The following serums containing active ingredients like
- collagen-stimulating peptides,
- copper peptides, and
- antioxidant properties will significantly help soothe the skin after a microneedling treatment. For example, Copper HA Mist protects the lipid barrier and systemizes the production of collagen all in a simple mist spray.
Find out how one of our clients took care of her skin at home after her first MDPen microneedling treatment. Read Tara’s Story
What should you look for in an online microneedling training course?
Microneedling training courses are available as both hands-on in-person classes, and online courses. Online microneedling courses can be a convenient and cost-effective way to become a certified practitioner. A good course will cover how to operate a professional microneedling device, advance procedure techniques, wound healing or after care, contraindications, patient follow-up, and how to chart the procedure. Of course, it would be more valuable if you can get a training that comes with a virtual certification, just like MDPen’s!