What's the difference between microneedling and microchanneling?

What's the difference between microneedling and microchanneling?

 As an esthetic professional, you are always looking for the latest and greatest in skincare treatments to offer your clients. Two popular treatments that have been making waves in the industry are microneedling and microchanneling. Both treatments involve using a device with tiny needles to puncture the skin to deliver active ingredients, and help with many types of skin healing and anti-aging, but there are some key differences between the two. In this article, we will explore the differences between microneedling and microchanneling to help you decide which treatment may be better for your clients.

Microneedling: What Is It?

Microneedling is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure that uses a device with tiny needles to puncture the skin. This can include handheld devices that stamp the needles into the skin, derma rollers that roll the needles across the skin, and professional electric devices that all have their own benefits and downfalls. Microneedling penA professional Microneedling device uses needle cartridges that snap into a handheld device. The device is then used to create hundreds of tiny punctures in order to drive active ingredients deeper into the skin. The length or depth of penetration can be adjusted with these devices, whereas other devices have a fixed needle length. The downside to these devices is that not only do they create punctures, the technique in which they are used causes the needle to also be dragged across the skin. The goal in a professional treatment is to make clean perpendicular punctures so that products can be delivered effectively. However, since the cartridge is dragged across the skin, the needles tend to also leave tiny scratches. The other downside to these Microneedling devices is that the back flow membrane inside of the needle cartridges can fail, and most technicians do not check for leakage. This means that body fluids can flow back into the device, which cannot be properly sterilized due to the electrical components inside of the device. There have been reports of cross contamination leading to patients contracting diseases from other patients due to a device that had been contaminated.

Microchanneling: What Is It?

Microchanneling is a newer treatment that also uses an electric device with tiny needles to puncture the skin and drive active ingredients deeper for more drastic results.
Microchanneling device

However, unlike microneedling, the needles are mounted in a flat plastic cartridge at a fixed length. The device is then used in a stamping motion, creating perfect 90-degree micro channels in the skin. This creates less trauma compared to microneedling, as there are no scratches across the surface of the skin. Even though the depth of needles cannot be changed on the device itself, we find that since there is less trauma and better micro channels created, less is more. There is no need to drive the needles super deep and leave the face bloody afterwards like with many Microneedling techniques. Another benefit of microchanneling is that the plastic cartridge is solid, with no possible way for any body fluids to get inside the device, making it much easier to maintain a sterile environment. The treatment can be used to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, acne scars, and provide for lifting, tightening, and overall anti-aging benefits. A series of treatments with high quality serums is required for best results.


Which Is Better: Microneedling or Microchanneling?

When it comes to deciding which treatment is better, it ultimately depends on the needs and preferences of your clients. Microneedling is a more established treatment with a longer track record, while microchanneling is a newer treatment with less research available. However, many esthetic professionals prefer microchanneling over microneedling due to the fact that it is less traumatic to the skin, easier to sterilize, lower cost per treatment, and provides very similar results.

Enhanced Microneeding / Microchanneling Results With Plasma Fibroblast:

If you want to take your Microneedling or Microchanneling treatments to the next level, consider incorporating Plasma Fibroblast. These treatments compliment one another and will drastically improved results when used in combination with one another.

Plasma Fibroblast uses the power of plasma energy to stimulate collagen production to tighten and lift the skin. Plasma Fibroblast works by delivering controlled bursts of plasma energy to the skin's surface, creating micro-injuries that trigger the body's natural healing response. This, in turn, promotes the production of new collagen and elastin fibers, which are essential for lifting and tightening the skin.

To perform Plasma Fibroblast, you'll need a specialized device that delivers authentic plasma energy, such as the PLAXEL plasma pen. Avoid common devices like Plamere or Plasma Pen UK which are improperly tuned and do not emit authentic plasma energy. These devices emit an electrical energy (not true plasma) and will burn the skin and cause unnecessary trauma and can potentially cause scarring or hyperpigmentation.

plasma fibroblast regulations

To offer plasma fibroblast you'll also need to undergo proper training and certification and ensure you are legally able to offer the treatment in your state with your current qualifications.

This guide can help you determine if you are legally able to offer plasma fibroblast in your state.

Plasma Fibroblast Regulations Guide

Overall, combining Plasma Fibroblast and Microneedling or Microchanneling is an excellent method of enhancing your treatment results beyond what you can achieve when offering these treatments individually.

What Are The Best Microchanneling Devices On The Market?

When it comes to microchanneling devices, two names stand out in the market: Procell and NanoStamp 360.

Nano Stamp 360 pen

Both devices are known for their exceptional performance, but if you are looking for the best quality microchanneling device that won't break the bank, NanoStamp 360 is the way to go. NanoStamp 360 is an innovative device that offers the same benefits as Procell at a lower price point.

With NanoStamp 360, you can expect to get the same quality of product for a more affordable investment. This makes it a perfect choice for esthetic professionals who are starting out or who are looking for a cost-effective way to expand their services. 

Nano stamp before and after

If you are considering purchasing both a plasma fibroblast and a microchanneling device, we recommend the PLAXEL+ plasma pen by World Plasma LLC. With PLAXEL+ you get the most advanced true plasma technology on the market that will set you apart from your competition. The PLAXEL+ can be ordered through the exclusive USA and UK distributor World Plasma LLC and includes training and certification free with the purchase of the device.

In addition to their plasma fibroblast training program, World Plasma LLC also offers their students a microchanneling training as a free bonus in their fibroblast program. They can also put you in touch with their microchanneling representatives who can offer you discounted pricing on either the NanoStamp 360 or Procell, which cannot be found elsewhere. This can help you save money and get the best devices for your business. Currently NanoStamp 360 offers World Plasma students $500 off their device and serum purchase while Procell's discounts vary throughout the year.

In summary, if you want to get the best microchanneling device on the market at a reasonable price, NanoStamp 360 is the way to go. And, if you want to get discounts on their device and serums, ordering the the PLAXEL plasma pen by World Plasma LLC will unlock "student discounts" and free microchanneling training for you.

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