Are mesotherapy and microneedling the same?
The quick answer would be—no, they are 2 different techniques.
Generally when people hear about getting a needle anywhere near their faces, they tend to cringe. But later on, they realize how beneficial these treatments are for their skin. Subsequently, it just becomes a process.
“Does it hurt?” A typical question that arises in any clinics that does injectables. Of course, it might hurt a little but with the right methods and preparation, eg: numbing cream is applied before treatment, this can usually be minimized. Trust me, you would be amazed with the potential your skin has.
With so many products and injectable substances in the aesthetic market, mesotherapy and microneedling are needling methods we commonly use on a day-to-day basis when we are treating skin texture, acne scars, pores, fine lines and pigmentation. In fact, these are some quickest pick-me-ups that enables you to see a difference in your skin texture or condition. Be it mesotherapy or microneedling, both involve needles and are effective for skin treatments. However, there is a difference between these methods and their outcomes as well.
What is Mesotherapy?
Mesotherapy can be understood as using a single super fine needle and injecting one spot at a time. As it is dependent on where the product is being injected, the injector is able to determine the exact spot or layer they wish to target, in order to address the specific concern. The method of injecting is also designed to reach slightly deeper tissues, where ingredients can be delivered well, be it amino acids, vitamins and minerals, anti-oxidants, blood plasma (i.e. PRP) etc. There are also automated mesoguns whereby a fixed frequency and depth can be set, which is also a fast and effective way to get your product into the skin.
What is Microneedling?
Microneedling on the other hand, is making multiple tiny more superficial injections, sometimes paired with a topical skin product applied beforehand thus allowing them to infiltrate into the micro channels that are created. This can be done using a manual derma-roller with tiny spikes at the surface, rolled across the face; or a derma-pen that is an automated device that has a more refined tip and delivers quick multiple micropunctures on the area it is manoeuvred on. The idea is that by creating mini injuries on the outer layer of skin, it harness the body’s innate ability to heal itself naturally, producing new collagen and elastin along the way, thus replacing the older cells, giving it a rejuvenation.
While both methods are safe and effective, they have also relatively short downtime (ranging between 1 to 3 days), which may include redness, swelling or skin sensitivity to touch. Ultimately, when it comes to deciding your “weapon” of choice, it is important to discuss with your physician what results you are aiming to achieve.