Difference Between Microneedling and Nanoneedling: How To Choose

When you click in, you must already know a lot of microneedling and you must already hear about nanoneedling. If you struggle with acne marks, dark spots, and hyperpigmentation, your dermatologist or aesthetician may recommend microneedling or nanoneedling to you.

But do you know, what are the difference between them? And which treatment should you choose? We all want our skin in its best possible condition, so it’s important for you to know more about them. In this blog, we can help you to figure everything you need to know about microneedling and nanoneedling.

Difference between Microneedling and Nanomeeding

Similarities Between Nano & Microneedling

Both the Nano and Microneedling treatments use a pen like device(search: TBPHP derma pen) that oscillates a tip up and down to stimulate a skin reaction. They both induce cell turnover, serum infusion and provoke the healing process that results in skin transformation.

Different Procedures Between Nano & Microneedling

The main difference between the two is the depth that the needles are able to penetrate into the skin. Nanoneedling only punctures the first layer of the skin (epidermis) while micro-needling penetrates into the deep dermis.

To understand better the difference procedures et’s start with Microneedling. This procedure uses an actual needle cartridge with fine needles that can be adjusted to different depths. The TBPHP derma pen series offers different amount microneedles cartridges from 9 pins, 12 pins, 24 pins, 36 pins to 42 pins.

​The adjustable needle length allows us to use superficial settings (0.5 mm) for delicate areas around the eyes and deeper depths (2.0-2.5 mm) for acne scars and wrinkles.
The micro-injuries caused by the procedure stimulate the body’s natural healing process, increasing collagen and elastin production to promote skin rejuvenation.
This procedure can also be effective for pigmentation, reducing pore definition and helping to reduce and smooth out acne scaring. These treatments are done monthly. 
According to a 2008 study, skin treated with 4 Microneeding sessions, spaced 1 month apart, produced up to a 400% increase in collagen and elastin 6 months after completing treatment.
​Depending on what your goals are, the treatments can range from a series of 3 - 6+. For more deeper acne scarring, there is a possibility of adding to your series of treatments.


Nanoneedling on the other hand works a little different. It does use the same type of oscillating motion to treat the skin, you can use the same TBPHP pen to for both microneedling and nanoneedling, and you just need to change the cartridges. For nanoneedling, the cartridge encompasses 81 silicone tips.
​These microscopic hair-like cones separate the cells within the epidermis to allow active products to be pushed into the skin. Nano-needling only affects the epidermis, treating within the upper 0.25 mm of the skin. The benefits of this serum infusion treatment include pigmentation reduction, increased cell turnover, skin rejuvenation and an immediate glow with NO downtime. This treatment can also be done in a weekly series of 1 a week for 6 weeks.

Different Benefits Between Nano & Microneedling

There are many skin concerns that microneedling is know to benefit, such as:

  • Wrinkles
  • Scarring
  • Acne Scars
  • Stretch marks
  • Issues with skin pigmentation

Aside from this, microneedling can also foster hair growth through stimulating dormant hair follicles. In fact, a recent study found significant hair growth in a group of participants with mild to moderate androgenetic alopecia after treatment with microneedling.

Nano-needling is used to work on different target issues. This treatment is most commonly used to address the following concerns:

  • Aging skin
  • Fine lines
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Large pores

Apart from this, though, nano-needling can also be used to target crow’s feet and lip lines. As a minimally invasive procedure, it can also be used in sensitive spots or areas where chemical peels or microdermabrasion can’t be performed.

Microneedling vs Nano-Needling: The Verdict

Since microneedling is able to target as deep as the skin’s dermis, it’s best used for issues rooted deep within the skin, such as deep lines and scars. This is also perfect for people who don’t want to apply serums onto the face, and instead prefer the skin’s natural regenerative process to do the trick.

However, if you hate needles, perhaps nanoneedling is right for you. It’s also a better option if your issues lie only on the skin’s surface (i.e., the epidermis) and if you’re wary about the uncommon side effects that microneedling poses such as redness, dryness and bruising.

Both procedures have the ability to transform the look and feel of your skin! You can now choose between microneedling and nano-needling according to the different usage and different benefits (of course you need to know your own requirements firstly) of them.

Pick your TBPHP derma pen device and cartridges now, it is time to start your journey towards healthier skin!