These days you have endless options for professional tweaks to the skin. So today, we’re talking about two popular procedures that have been taking the beauty industry by storm in recent years: micro-needling and IPL. Which one is right for you? To help you decide, here’s a little breakdown:
For addressing age spots, scarring and accelerated signs of aging, micro-needling is a method of puncturing the skin with small needles on the surface of the epidermis(top layer of skin). This works to stimulate the skin into a state of repair, and over time this can improve a number of common skin concerns by promoting cellular turnover. It is also believed to be especially helpful for encouraging the production of new collagen and elastin.
How it Works: Experts say micro-needling is a good choice for everything from acne to signs of aging. It is considered appropriate for most skin types, but may be too intense for sensitive skin types. To get the most out of micro-needling, weekly treatment is recommended for the first 6-12 weeks. Some results may be instant, but to truly maintain the benefits, you will need to follow up with your skincare professional every month or so.
IPL 101: IPL or Intense Pulsed Light is a treatment that entails using a laser to remove discolouration and correct uneven skin tone. The laser works to lift pigment from the skin, leaving spots temporarily darker. Treated spots will then begin to slough off or flake, revealing a layer of new skin and eliminating the excess pigment. IPL has been used to address a number of concerns and conditions including sun spots, freckles, broken capillaries and even dark spots left behind by acne breakouts.
How it Works: As cosmetic treatments go, IPL is relatively quick and produces results in as few as 3-5 days post-procedure. Still, multiple sessions are recommended to produce long-term results and an overall improved complexion. Most skin types respond well to IPL. However, experts say it is less effective for treating issues like texture and scarring.
Which to Choose? Key Differences, Pros and Cons What’s the advantage to choosing one versus the other?
Experts say it depends on your individual skin goals. For a more comprehensive option that addresses overall skin health and glow, micro-needling is a great support for skin rejuvenation and repair. Meanwhile, if you’re looking to target specific areas or cosmetic imperfections, IPL may be the more effective choice. Your best bet is to research a licensed professional in your area, book a consult and take some time to make the right decision for you and your skin. Ultimately, you don’t want to be booking something just based on price as this is your skin we are talking about. Take some time to find the licensed professional who can point you in the right direction, you feel comfortable with, can provide in full detail pre and post care, and provide you with the outcome you are seeking.