Aspen, Colo. – At the summer edition of The Cosmetic Bootcamp (CBC), core aesthetic specialists learned that although microneedling can’t match the tissue-tightening effects of lasers, it improves problems from stubborn wrinkles to stretch marks quickly and cost-effectively.
Fractional ablative lasers strike a balance between efficacy and downtime, said Tina S. Alster, M.D. However, she added, no laser can treat severe perioral rhytides successfully. She is director of the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery and clinical professor of dermatology at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.
Rather than competing, said Dr. Alster, microneedling and laser treatments often complement one another. Microneedling is inexpensive and incorporates easily into virtually any practice, she said. Regarding microneedling’s mechanism of action, she said, this technology creates both micro-and wounding and controlled macro-wounding that jump-starts healing, much like tilling a field boosts its yield.
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