To Microderm, Needle or Nano?

Updated: Nov 15, 2019

There are several skincare modalities that when used correctly can help you achieve incredible skin transformations, the results found in the balance between injury and healing. As a trained skincare therapist, I have years of experience working with a variety of skin types using the appropriate tools and products to stimulate cellular repair for improvements in texture, color, elasticity, clarity, and tone. It's also my job to make sure you are an educated client who knows what to expect pre, during, and post treatments so you are a happy client! In this article, I've addressed 3 of the more advanced, popular treatments I use in my treatment room. Which is the best for you?


A non- chemical resurfacing technique using a machine to buff dead cells off the surface of the epidermis. The hand held wand sends tiny crystals out onto the skin where upon contact each crystal wraps itself in dead cells. A gentle vacuum picks up cells, crystals and deposits them in a waste canister. Known as the "Lunch Time Peel" because of it's minimal downtime, a client can immediately return to their workplace. Skin will be slightly tender in the hours following and it is recommended to avoid activities that create heat or sweating. Direct sun exposure and active products should be avoided for at 72 hours after treatment. May be incorporated with peeling agents when appropriate.


If microdermabrasion is akin to cutting a lawn, then microneedling is akin to aerating a lawn. A pen like tool with a one-time use, disposable tip containing 12 fine needles is used to create clean, clear channels in the skin. During the treatment, Hyaluronic Acid serum, possibly combined with other growth factors or stem cell products depending on skin type, is applied to the skin where it can enter into the dermis by way of the channels produced by the needles. The skin needs these small wounds to achieve the dramatic improvements in scar tissue, skin laxity, sun damage/pigmentation, stretch marks and wrinkle repair. Known as the "Vampire Facial" when the serum infused into the channels is one's own PRP, or Platelet Rich Plasma, it is the forced healing of the wounds that creates the change. Skin is sensitive and rosy after treatment. It is recommended to avoid activities that create heat or sweating for at least the first 72 hours. Microneedling is not an exfoliation technique so will not make you more sensitive to the sun, although smart sun protection is always a must. A numbing kit will be provided before your treatment day so you may arrive to your appointment comfortably numb.


Similar to microneedling in that it uses the same pen like tool, only a different disposable tip. No needles involved here, the nano tip contains 50 minute silicone "hairs" that gently rub the top layers of the epidermis. It is much less abrasive than microdermabrasion and is a wet treatment as customized cocktail serums are applied to the skin while the pen gently oscillates the top layers of the epidermis. Nano Infusion, AKA Rezenerate™, is an incredibly hydrating and gentle modality that can create real improvements in the skin with repeated applications. There is no downtime or sensitivity and recommended for all skin types.

Juli, the author and esthetician, before, during and after Nano Serum Infusion.

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