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I had fraxel done around January 09 and i maybe saw a 15-20% improvement, not sh*t if you ask me... anyhow, i haven't been on these boards since then... it looks like the hottest thing out now is dermarolling? is that correct? Is that way better than fraxel? I wanna get another treatment done, but not fraxel if possible. I want something more guaranteed.


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There are many dermarolling threads on this forum, and trying to reprise all the information in them would be a daunting task. I would suggest you search through the forums. There was one excellent thread on this subject a short time back, but I am too lazy to look for it. People are always looking for the quick miracle fix, hence the huge vitamin market when there is little if any proof of efficacy.

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I was part of a test at my med spa. Eight of us underwent a Fraxel laser treatment. Four were put on a product called Regen post procedure. Four of us were put on the typical products carried by the med spa for post procedure issues. After a couple days, they switched us all to the Regen. It took out the itching, diminished the burn, and had us back to normal in about half the time they thought it would take! I have been using Regen as my face cream ever since. Take a look at this: . Regen is now part of every Fraxel procedure they do! I do not have any med spa treatments without my Regen, I recommend that if your med spa does not carry it, you get some for yourself!

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Clinical dermatology • Original article

Acne scarring treatment using skin needling

G. Fabbrocini, N. Fardella, A. Monfrecola, I. Proietti* and D. Innocenzi*

Department of Systematic Pathology, Division of Clinical Dermatology, University of Naples Federico II, Naples, Italy ; and *UOC Dermatology Unit, First Faculty of Medicine, Polo Pontino, University of Rome La Sapienza, Rome, Italy

Correspondence to Dr Gabriella Fabbrocini, University of Naples Federico II, Department of Systematic Pathology, Division of Clinical Dermatology, via Pansini 5, 80131 Naples, Italy.

E-mail: [email protected]

Conflict of interest: none declared.

Copyright Journal compilation © 2009 British Association of Dermatologists


Background. Acne is a common condition seen in up to 80% of people between 11 and 30 years of age and in up to 5% of older adults. In some patients, it can result in permanent scars that are surprisingly difficult to treat. A relatively new treatment, termed skin needling (needle dermabrasion), seems to be appropriate for the treatment of rolling scars in acne.

Aim. To confirm the usefulness of skin needling in acne scarring treatment.

Methods. The present study was conducted from September 2007 to March 2008 at the Department of Systemic Pathology, University of Naples Federico II and the UOC Dermatology Unit, University of Rome La Sapienza. In total, 32 patients (20 female, 12 male patients; age range 17–45) with acne rolling scars were enrolled. Each patient was treated with a specific tool in two sessions. Using digital cameras, photos of all patients were taken to evaluate scar depth and, in five patients, silicone rubber was used to make a microrelief impression of the scars. The photographic data were analysed by using the sign test statistic (α < 0.05) and the data from the cutaneous casts were analysed by fast Fourier transformation (FFT).

Results. Analysis of the patient photographs, supported by the sign test and of the degree of irregularity of the surface microrelief, supported by FFT, showed that, after only two sessions, the severity grade of rolling scars in all patients was greatly reduced and there was an overall aesthetic improvement. No patient showed any visible signs of the procedure or hyperpigmentation.

Conclusion. The present study confirms that skin needling has an immediate effect in improving acne rolling scars and has advantages over other procedures.


Accepted for publication 8 October 2008


10.1111/j.1365-2230.2009.03291.x About DOI

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