Microchanneling vs. Microneedling vs. Dermaroller: Which technique is best?

Have trouble understanding the differences between a microchanneling treatment, microneedling treatment, and using a dermaroller at home? We get it! The internet is full of conflicting information, especially when it comes to popular beauty treatments. Many people incorrectly use the terms “microchanneling” and “microneedling” interchangeably while confusing the tools and methods used for each treatment. However, there are differences, and it’s essential to understand what they are before you decide what treatment is best. In this article, we’re discussing the differences between microchanneling, microneedling, and using a dermaroller at home. 


What Is Microchanneling?


Microchanneling is a super-effective, non-invasive procedure that helps to accelerate your skin’s natural healing process (think of it as a double espresso for your epidermis!). When conducted by a trained professional, a microchanneling session safely creates thousands of tiny microchannels in the outermost layer of the skin. This action kickstarts the skin’s natural healing process by stimulating collagen and elastin production while breaking down old tissue. Once healed, the treated area looks noticeably younger and more healthy. With repeated treatments, microchanneling can even help to fade scars and stimulate hair regrowth!


Some other concerns microchanneling can help with include; 

  • signs of aging such as fine lines and wrinkles
  • acne scarring 
  • stretchmarks
  • hyperpigmentation
  • skin laxity
  • hairloss and alopecia 


Microchanneling is great for people who want to see immediate results with less discomfort (although numbing is used for deeper depths) and less downtime. Most clients can resume their typical daily activities immediately after a microchanneling treatment, with any redness fading within 24 hours. 


What Is Microneedling?


Microneedling is very similar to microchanneling. Both methods cause micro-injuries to the skin to increase collagen production and facilitate healing; however, the tools used and the recovery process are different. 


A dermatologist or other professional typically completes Microneedling in-office, using a specially designed microneedling tool, often referred to as a “pen.” A microneedling pen can utilize varying needle depths, enabling your provider to create a custom treatment that addresses specific skin concerns. Microneedling pens are helpful in accessing hard-to-reach areas, such as the under the eyes and around the nose. 


Although microneedling can provide wonderful results, it does involve more downtime than microchanneling. In addition, microneedling typically requires the use of numbing creaming as it can be more uncomfortable for some patients. 


What Is a Dermaroller?


A Dermaroller is a tool used to create micro-punctures in the skin, similar to the microchanneling and microneedling process. However, there are significant differences between the tools and their effectiveness. A microchanneling tool creates precise, uniform, and sterilized microchannels across the skin’s surface, ensuring a linear and controlled result. In contrast, a dermaroller has small needles attached to a drum that you must manually roll across the skin. This method is susceptible to human error, which can cause skin tearing and unsterile wounds. Put simply, using a dermaroller at home without the guidance of a trained professional carries risk of skin damage and infection. 


What Is the Best Treatment: Microchanneling, Microneedling, or Dermaroller?


Each treatment has pros and cons. Ultimately, your decision will depend on your skin concerns, lifestyle, and end goal. For example, if you’d like to improve skin tone and texture but don’t want to deal with added downtime, microchanneling may be the best option for you. On the other hand, if you want to improve the appearance of stubborn scarring and don’t mind taking some time out to heal, microneedling might be the answer. Regardless of technique, we advise that you work with a licensed and trained professional to reduce the risk of skin injury or infection.


Whatever your skin concern, it’s important to discuss your needs with your esthetician or dermatologist to determine the best treatment. If you’re considering scheduling a microchanneling treatment, Avari Beauty's licensed estheticians  would love to help! Click here to take advantage of our 10% discount on all microchanneling treatments through January 2022! 

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