I agree with Dr Kaplan that Fraxel is the choice here. There is more safety and reliability with the Fraxel treatment. It is a great non-invasive treatment.
Fraxel re:store DUAL is the better choice. A Dermapen does not have settings to customize your treatment. The Fraxel re:store DUAL does not cut the skin. The social downtime is lower as well.
Hi Donna. We're not big believers in the Derma pen. There is a lot of trauma, but not the right kind of trauma. The concept behind laser treatments for the skin (like Fraxel) is that there is a thermal injury created and the ablation (removal of tissue) causes the skin to generate a healing response. This in turn can remodel scar tissue and replace it with new soft collagen.
In our opinion, the same cannot be said for the derma pen. This simply pokes holds in the skin. It does not destroy scar tissue, rather it can create more.
We would choose a fractional laser resurfacing procedure and we happen to prefer the Sciton Profractional to Fraxel, but they are similar technologies. See below for pictures of our acne scar patients treated with our resurfacing procedures.
When comparing just about anything, it's hard making accurate generalizations about two different devices. We offer both services in our practice, and if I had to give up one it would be the DermaPen.
Fraxel would be a better choice over the derma pen. Fraxel is the superior mode to address these issues and has the ability to customize your treatment based on skin type and texture. Please consult a board certified dermatologist for the best cosmetic results.
If the choice is between Fraxel Re:store and Dermapen, the Fraxel
treatments would yield the best results. In my office I have Fraxel Re:store
and a Dermapen, but for Olive toned patients I prefer to use Ematrix. The Ematrix
system uses Sublative RF- fractioned bi-polar radio frequency technology to
effectively place heat energy into the dermis. This causes deep dermal impact
with minimal down time. The reason I choose the Ematrix is because the RF
technology is safe and effective for all skin types. Though I have done Fraxel
treatments on Olive skin, it does have the possibility for hyperpigmentation
unlike the Ematrix. The Ematrix treatments can improve all of your concerns
with a series of treatments. It is best to consult with a Board Certified
Dermatologist to see if this treatment is best for you and how many sessions
you will need.