Micro Needling and Fraxel Laser treatments have become two of the most impressive treatments in the cosmetic and aesthetic industry.
Both procedures are quite effective at improving wrinkles; sun damaged skin, stretch marks, fine lines, as well as scarring. Both use the same principle of stimulating collagen production by causing a controlled skin injury in the skin, triggering the body’s response to produce more collagen and growth factors to repair and restore itself.
One of the main differences of Fraxel is that Fraxel is a heat-based laser that burns off parts of the protective epidermal layer, removing tissue that can result in a much longer recovery time. There is usually some discomfort and a fair amount of swelling and redness for at least a week or months depending on the aggressiveness and intensity of the treatment. Fraxel is not appropriate for all Fitzpatrick skin types, as darker skinned patients may experience hypo or hyperpigmentation from the treatment.
Micro-needling (derma rolling) differs since it does not use heat nor does it not remove layers of skin. Micro-needling also creates micro-injuries (tiny vertical channels in the dermis) that heal rapidly when compared to the recovery time of Fraxel. There is very little downtime with the needling procedure. Most patients will experience a pink tone to the skin and mild dryness for a few days after the treatment, and are able to go about their regular routine including wear makeup within 24 to 48 hours.
The number of treatments needed for both treatments depend on the extent of your sun damage, acne scarring or wrinkles. Generally an average of 3 treatments spaced 6 weeks apart will give optimal results. Gradual improvement occurs with each treatment.
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