Aspen, Colo. – At the summer Cosmetic Bootcamp (CBC), attendees learned about limitations of microneedling in the periocular area.
For periocular treatment, Tina S. Alster, M.D., said she prefers lasers because their heat provides immediate skin contraction and long-term collagen regeneration. Lasers also offer a track record of safety and efficacy, she said, and better collagen contraction. Lasers, however, require more money, space and operator training and offer little utility in darker skin types.
Microneedling provides modest skin contraction, Dr. Alster said, but it creates much more bruising around the eyes than lasers do. “In addition to the fact that periocular skin is thin, it is more difficult to keep the periocular area taut during microneedling.” With all forms of microneedling, she added, results are operator- and patient-dependent. She is director of the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery and clinical professor of dermatology at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.
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