July 30, 2012 – The typical skin care routine involves some anti-aging preventative measures like broad-spectrum sunscreen, moisturizer, exfoliating and some creams and topical treatments. Throw in acne treatment when needed and the occasional visit to the dermatologist and you may think that’s all you need for skin care. But what about when the typical skin care routine isn’t helping to reduce those fine lines and wrinkles? What if you need some more extensive facial rejuvenation? It may be time for some type of skin resurfacing.
There are two types of facial skin resurfacing that are gaining popularity. Those are fractal laser resurfacing and derma roller therapy, according to a report in the Examiner. Both derma roller (micro-needling) treatment and fractal laser skin resufacing work by causing a healing response in your skin to increase collagen and elastin and reduce wrinkles.
With fractal laser resurfacing, a licensed, trained dermatologist will use a laser to heat the layers of skin on the face. This causes the skin to respond by producing new collagen and elastin, which helps to smooth out fine lines and wrinkles, giving your face a fresh, younger appearance.
Derma roller (or micro-needle) therapy involves the use of a small roller that contains microscopic needles that penetrate the skin’s surface, again triggering new collagen and elastin production. After healing, your skin should look smoother and younger.
The article states that derma roller or micro-needle therapy is less expensive and less painful than laser skin resurfacing. Fractal laser skin resurfacing may produce more dramatic results, but it’s said to be more painful and can cause more side effects like swelling and redness. Using the smaller needles when micro-needling will reduce redness and swelling.
So which wrinkle treatment is right for you? Only you and your dermatologist can determine that, based on your level of skin damage and your expectations for results from the treatment.