Micro-needling versus laser skin rejuvenation and collagen building

Skincare is hard. No matter how much attention we give, or drink ample amounts of water or pamper it with expensive creams and serums, it rarely gives us our desired healthy look.

But what if we tell you that your antiaging, brightening, scar creams, and wrinkles removing creams can all be substituted by a simple and extremely effective procedure? Yes, we are talking about micro-needling.

Microneedling, a relatively familiar word if you have tried to find some solutions online. If not, let us help you learn all you need to know about this minimally invasive procedure that promises flawless skin.

It is a significantly tested and tried the cosmetic procedure that is globally employed to rejuvenate dull and damaged skin. It naturally revitalizes the skin at a cellular level by stimulating collagen and elastin production. This then heals the skin, making it firmer and fresher visibly. 

Microneedling is known to successfully treat conditions such as fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars, body scars, stretch marks, dull skin, under-eye bags, enlarged pores, and uneven skin tone etc.

Difference Between Microneedling and Laser Treatments

Another common procedure done to bring life to the skin is laser treatment. Both the above-mentioned treatment modalities bring similar results but they majorly differ in their action, cost, and side effects profile.

Below are a few major differences between micro-needling and laser treatments:

  • GROWTH FACTORS: Microneedling stimulates the release of growth factor unlike the nonablative lasers- the key products required for skin repair. Some ablative lasers do remove the damaged tissue but are relatively more expensive than the regular micro needling while deliver the same results. Microneedling cand be combined with PRP for additional skin rejuvenation.
  • RECOVERY TIME: Microneedling also offers shorter recovery time when compared to lasers as it induces micro-injuries without employing heat or removing skin layer, which heals rapidly. Lasers, on the other hand, can render skin red and swollen up to ten days, as it also removes the skin tissue. The patient can comfortably make a social appearance after a day with micro-needling, however, a few days are needed to heel from laser treatment.
  • SIDE EFFECTS: The ablative lasers such as CO2 fractional lasers use heat and can leave scar or burns mark along with skin discoloration. These side effects are absent in micro-needling.
  • DEPTH OF ACTION: The lasers have the drawback that they cannot be used for deeper skin as the risk of burns, however, micro-needling can be done up to a far greater extent to stimulate healing and remove scars.
  • LEVEL OF DISCOMFORT: level of discomfort is relatively higher in laser therapy as many find the heat intolerable and painful. However, micro-needling is in comparison a faster process with minimum pain experience during the procedure.
  • INDICATIONS: laser therapy, in general, is a more selective procedure that is usually recommended in cases of skin damage, whereas micro-needling can be offered to treat a vast majority of complaints. 
  • SKIN DISCOLORATION: laser therapy is considered more invasive in the sense that it can even damage melanocytes in darker-skinned individuals, leading to skin discoloration. As micro-needling does not employ the use of any heat, this complain is relatively uncommon, making micro-needling safer for all skin types.