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    Microneedling vs. Laser Skin Resurfacing

    Posted on March 4, 2024
    by Beacon Derm

    Deciding between microneedling and laser skin resurfacing can feel a bit like choosing between a latte and an espresso – both can give you that rejuvenating boost, but each has its own flavour. Microneedling is like your go-to latte: gentle, with a quick pick-me-up, perfect for a subtle glow. Laser resurfacing? That's your bold espresso shot, more intense but with results that really wake up your skin. Whichever route you're considering, we'll walk you through the ins and outs of each option, helping you choose the path that's just right for your skin and your beauty goals.

    What Is Microneedling?

    Microneedling, also known as collagen induction therapy, is a minimally invasive treatment that utilizes a specialized device with fine needles. This device creates tiny punctures in the top layer of the skin, which triggers the body's healing response, stimulating collagen and elastin production. This process helps to rejuvenate the skin, making it an effective treatment for reducing the appearance of scars, fine lines, and improving overall skin texture and firmness.

    Microneedling Pros

    Minimal Recovery Time

    One of the biggest advantages of microneedling is its minimal downtime. Patients typically experience only minor redness and irritation for a few days post-treatment, making it a convenient option for those with busy lifestyles.

    Broad Compatibility

    Microneedling is safe for a variety of skin types and colours, presenting a lower risk of pigmentation issues post-treatment, which can be a concern with some laser procedures, particularly for darker skin tones.


    The procedure can be tailored to different skin issues and areas, not just the face but also the neck, décolletage, and even hands, making it a versatile option for comprehensive skin care.

    Enhanced Absorption of Skin Care Products

    The micro-channels created by the needles can enhance the penetration and effectiveness of topical skin care treatments, providing an added benefit to your skin care regimen.

    Microneedling Cons

    Subtle Results

    While effective, microneedling often requires multiple sessions to achieve significant results, particularly for more pronounced skin concerns.

    Temporary Side Effects

    Common side effects include redness, swelling, and discomfort at the treatment site, typically subsiding within a few days.

    Infection Risk

    There's a slight risk of infection, particularly if the treated area isn't properly cared for post-procedure, emphasizing the need to follow aftercare instructions closely.

    What is Laser Skin Resurfacing?

    Laser skin resurfacing utilizes concentrated beams of light to remove damaged skin cells layer by layer. The precision of the laser allows for targeted treatment of wrinkles, sun damage, scars, and other skin irregularities. The heat from the laser also stimulates collagen production, promoting the growth of new, healthier skin cells.

    Laser Skin Resurfacing Pros

    Immediate and Noticeable Results

    Laser treatments often provide more immediate and noticeable improvements than microneedling, especially for deeper wrinkles and more severe skin damage.

    Customizable Treatments

    Laser technology offers various settings and wavelengths customized to address specific skin concerns and types, providing a tailored approach to skin rejuvenation.

    Long-Term Benefits

    The results of laser skin resurfacing can be long-lasting, with many patients enjoying the benefits for several years, depending on the type of laser used and the individual's skin condition.

    Deep Tissue Stimulation

    Lasers can penetrate deeper into the skin than microneedling, offering a more intense stimulation of collagen and elastin production.

    Laser Skin Resurfacing Cons

    Extended Downtime

    Recovery from laser resurfacing can be lengthy, especially for more aggressive treatments, with some patients requiring several weeks for complete healing.

    Higher Risk of Side Effects

    Laser treatments carry a higher risk of side effects, including redness, swelling, and, in rare cases, blistering or changes in skin pigmentation, particularly for those with darker skin tones.


    Laser treatments can be more expensive than microneedling, particularly if multiple sessions are required for optimal results.

    Which One Should I Choose?

    The choice between microneedling and laser skin resurfacing depends on your specific skin concerns, goals, and how much downtime you can afford. Microneedling is ideal for those seeking improvement in skin texture, fine lines, and minor scarring, with minimal downtime. Laser skin resurfacing may be more suitable for addressing deeper wrinkles, significant sun damage, and more pronounced skin irregularities, with the understanding that it may require a more extended recovery period.

    Can I Use Both at the Same Time?

    While it's generally not recommended to undergo both treatments simultaneously due to the increased risk of irritation and overexertion of the skin's healing processes, a dermatologist may devise a treatment plan that includes both, spaced out over time to maximize the benefits of each without overwhelming the skin.

    Making Your Decision

    Consult with the team at Beacon Dermatology, who can assess your skin type, discuss your concerns, and recommend the most appropriate treatment plan. Whether you choose microneedling, laser skin resurfacing, or a combination of both, we will guide you through the process and create a personalized treatment plan for your needs.

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