When a patient comes to you with a desire for younger-looking skin, there are several treatment options you can offer. Rising in popularity are dermal injections and micro-needling — two procedures that are both effective in reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines on the skin.
Depending on a patient’s cosmetic goals, you may feel inclined to offer one treatment option over the other, and it’s important to choose the procedure that is going to meet your patient’s expectations. There are some significant differences between injectable treatments and micro-needling, which will help you determine the most effective solution for your patients. We’ve highlighted many of those differences here.
Immediate Results or Subtle Improvements Over Time?
Doctors and patients alike tend to appreciate the quick results of anti-wrinkle injections, many of which increase volume to the face the moment they are injected. This gives an impression of fast and efficient improvement that many patients enjoy receiving; however, most injections don’t improve the durability of the skin. Instead, injections act as a replacement for the volume that has been lost as we age. When the dermal filler wears off, the skin returns to its original appearance or has lost some of its previous elasticity.
Micro-needling, on the other hand, works with a patient’s natural growth factors to strengthen and add volume the skin so that it is able to keep improving over time. Although your patient may not see immediate results after their first treatment, their own skin is increasing its production of collagen and elastin, which continually refresh damaged skin cells and regenerate newer, healthier tissues. Micro-needling is designed to alter how your skin responds to the aging process so that it is able to rejuvenate on its own.
Extraneous Molecules or Natural Biology?
Dermal injections are comprised of several ingredients. Many are naturally found in the skin; however, they also have many other ingredients that can damage the skin or cause allergic reactions. While there is a low to moderate amount risk associated with receiving anti-wrinkle injections, your patients should remain cautious and ensure that they don’t have any allergies to the ingredients in the fillers being used.
Micro-needling stimulates your body’s own biological functions so that it’s able to improve your skin naturally. With Percutaneous Induction Needling (known as P.I.N.) offered at Induction Therapies, controlled micro-injuries are created within the skin that stimulate your natural growth factors, allowing the dermis to thicken over time and protecting it from the aging process. The treatment creates micro-channels that allow topical solutions easier access into the dermis and with the right skin care regimen, can enhance the skin’s collagen and elastin production processes.
Micro-needling is becoming a popular treatment option because it acts as a preventative solution to aging. Where injectable treatments only provide short-term results, micro-needling provides continual improvements over time. Both dermal injections and micro-needling treatments can be combined to produce an all-encompassing form of rejuvenation and achieve immediate and long-term results simultaneously.
If you are interested in knowing more about the micro-needling treatment with the Collagen P.I.N. (a corded and cordless device), contact Induction Therapies at 877-746-4407 and ask about setting up a demonstration.