What is the difference between Fractional Skin Micro-Needling and Fractional Laser?
Both fractional lasers and fractional micro-needling devices create micro-injuries that promote skin healing and repair which in turn generate new collagen. This can be useful for the treatment of acne scars, uneven skin texture, fine lines and crow’s feet. Fractional lasers use light energy and heat to produce this injury, whilst fractional skin needling utilises an automated vibrating method which increases dermal needling speed and effectiveness and therefore less pain, discomfort and downtime.
Fractional laser i.e CO2 or Erbium are ablative which is more aggressive and causes injury to the skin resulting in a longer downtime of up to 3 weeks and potential for unwanted side effects. Non-ablative laser i.e Fraxel leaves the skin intact but is often more uncomfortable and may result in a more prolonged erythema than Fractional Skin Micro-Needling.
Fractional Skin Micro-Needling produces no heat energy, reducing the risk of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (pigmentation that occurs after treatment or trauma to the skin) making it suitable for all skin types.
Fractional Skin Needling is a much more cost effective alternative to the expensive and invasive fractional laser treatments.
What is Fractional Skin Micro-Needling?
The concept of fractional micro-needling is based on the skin’s ability to repair itself whenever it encounters physical damage such as cuts, burns and other abrasions. Immediately after an injury occurs the skin breaks down old fibrous damaged tissue and replaces it with new. Fractional skin micro-needling allows for controlled induction of the skin’s self- repair mechanism by creating micro-injury in the skin which triggers new collagen synthesis, but without the risk of scarring. The result is smoother, firmer, radiant looking skin. A definite benefit with fractional needling is the ability to adapt the needle depth to specific areas during treatment. This, coupled with the vibration of the Derma FNS helps to minimise patient discomfort and maximise results around more sensitive areas as the small needle head can easily access areas around the eyes and nose with ease.
After the procedure the skin may be pinkish red and flushed (erythema) in appearance, similar to moderate sunburn. The skin may feel tight and mildly sensitive to the touch on the treatment area(s) and mild swelling may be present. This will improve significantly after a few hours following treatment and any swelling, tingling or redness usually resolves with 12-24 hours.
Results are immediate and progressive over the coming weeks. The appropriate use of pre and post treatment products will be discussed at a free consultation with the nurse.
Skin needling is especially effective for ageing concerns such as fine lines, sun damage, skin laxity and loss of facial volume, enlarged pores and crow’s feet. It is suitable for treating the face, hands and décolletage.
Book a free consultation with our nurse at Dermaplicity and find out what Fractional Skin Micro-Needling can do for your skin.