Scars caused by acne were very upsetting. It can lower your self-esteem and confidence. Hence, there are numerous emerging treatments for scarring because of new technology, and the most popular and common today are micro-needling and laser treatment. But what kind of treatment is best for your skin?
This article will provide you insights and information about micro-needling and laser treatment that will help you to select the right method which best suits your skin.
What are Micro-needling and Laser Treatments?
Micro-needling is an effective emerging cosmetic procedure done by professionals to stimulate your body’s natural healing response to improve the appearance of your skin. Skin professionals used a kind of FDA-approved and clinically proven device to treat acne scars and wrinkles, skin laxity, texture, and pores. Micro-needling has become popular in recent years due to its results and benefits. One of the benefits of micro-needling is that it can extremely help with collagen reproduction which shows immediate results of removing acne scars and restoring the skin’s glow.
On the other hand, Laser treatments are a non-surgical cosmetic treatment for acne scars that aims to reduce the appearance of old acne scars. Laser treatment for acne scars uses focused light therapy to either remove the outer layer of the skin to stimulate the production and growth of new skin. At the same time, the treatment encourages new, healthy skin cells to grow and replace the scar tissue.
What are the benefits?
Micro-needling became popular due to its numerous benefits. It can address a wide range of cosmetic problems and is used to treat different kinds of skin conditions. It is regarded as a safe and effective procedure that can improve the appearance of the skin and is well-tolerated with minimal downtime. It may also reduce wrinkles, diminish scarring, and tighten or rejuvenate loose or aging skin.
The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, 2017, said that Micro-needling is a safe, minimally invasive, and effective esthetic treatment for several different dermatologic conditions, including acne and other scars, rhytides, and striae. Given its beneficial post-treatment recovery, limited side effect proﬁle, and signiﬁcant clinical results, micro-needling is an alternative to the more invasive treatments like laser skin resurfacing and deep chemical peeling.
Micro-needling has a faster result than laser treatment, a less invasive procedure with much less discomfort, because laser heat may sometimes be unbearable and somewhat painful. Micro-needling is also safe for thin and sensitive skin as well.
In addition, micro-needling treatment can be safely combined with other procedures like:
- Micro-needling with platelet-rich plasma (PRP)
It is a transformative solution that uses your body’s platelets to stimulate healing that makes micro-needling more effective. Platelets help blood clots. It is vital for healing wounds and injuries. PRP is plasma in which the concentration of platelets is higher than that of other components of the blood.
- Micro-needling with FACTORFIVE stem cells
FACTORFIVE serum gives your skin stem cell growth factors and copper peptides. The serum promotes cellular activity to build new collagen and repair damaged tissue, making it ideal for a variety of common skin problems such as wrinkles, sun spots, and loss of firmness.
Experts have developed a process to isolate these potent rejuvenating factors from human stem cells. By resupplying your skin with these powerful missing factors, FACTORFIVE promotes cell renewal, boosts the production of collagen and elastin, restores aging cells, and, ultimately, provides you with more youthful-looking skin.
On the other hand, Laser Treatment removes the outer skin layer with precision. The formed new skin during healing gives the skin a tighter, younger-looking surface. Other treatments can be added to this procedure or can be done alone.
Moreover, laser skin treatment can also eliminate birthmarks, dark-age spots, moles, spider veins, and skin lesions (wounds). Laser therapy can be able to minimize the damage of the sun or hyperpigmentation by producing an even complexion. Too much sun, polluted wind, and even smoking can cause our skin to dull as we age. Laser therapy can restore a more youthful, glowing complexion.
What is the difference between Micro-needling and Laser Treatment?
Micro-needling and laser skin treatments both serve the same purpose in treating signs of chronological aging, minimizing the appearance of acne scarring, and improving the general skin tone and texture. The two procedures both create controlled wounds on the skin to stimulate a natural response from the body, but they differ in their side effects, costs, and downtime.
After the Micro-needling procedure, you may notice and may feel redness within the first few days. This is only a natural response of your body to the “little” injuries made by needles in your skin; thus, healing is faster in this procedure. Unlike laser treatment, it requires longer downtime due to heat delivered to the skin, making it swell and red, making your skin more prone to infection.
According to a study conducted by Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology 2018, “the treatment (micro-needling) can be tolerated with only minimal discomfort and recovery time. Side effects were minor and easily managed compared to other invasive technologies, such as laser ablation and radiofrequency.”
Rate of Expense
Compared to other cosmetic procedures, such as laser treatment, micro-needling is more inexpensive that makes it affordable to the patients. This is why micro-needling became increasingly popular these days, as they both obtained the same results and very similar in nature.
According to a study of Journey of the American Academy of Dermatology 2015, Micro-needling may offer a more advantageous safety profile, particularly in the skin-of-color population (Fitzpatrick skin types IV-VI), compared with more conventional resurfacing modalities.
Micro-needling can be applied to all skin types (dark or light). In contrast, laser treatment can be very particular only for light skin, where dark skin can be prone to hyperpigmentation due to the powerful laser light used during the treatment.
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