Lasers make use of light energy to penetrate the skin. Whereas, microneedling uses tiny needles to create multiple holes in the skin. Both of these techniques induce controlled skin injury resulting in collagen synthesis.
The advantage of a laser is its adjustability of settings which helps in achieving faster results– the depth, intensity, and/or speed can be manipulated according to your doctor’s treatment plan.
While the advantage of micro-needling is the short downtime of 1-2 days, compared to lasers that last for 3-5 days. It is also very safe for darker skin types where there is less risk of burning the topmost layer of the skin which is sometimes expected from laser treatments.
If budget is not a problem, alternating these two procedures is always a good option– with laser as the main treatment and micro-needling as the adjunct.
For better results, micro-needling can be paired with PRP (platelet-rich plasma) where growth factors reside. It is these growth factors that boost healing and rejuvenation. In effect, reducing the visibility of wrinkles, scars, and stretch marks.
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Dr. Elli Reyes is a specialist of Aesthetic Medicine from the Philippines. With over four years of specialized training, her aesthetic practice has involved a variety of skin treatments involving Botox, fillers and the like. As a licensed physician, she has been engaged by multiple clinics and is regularly interviewed by the local media as an expert in the science of the skin. Her research and writings to date have centered on nutrition, functional health and general beauty.