Whether you want to get rid of acne scars from years ago or recent acne scars on your face, finding the least invasive procedure is often preferred. It can be intimidating to choose the right acne scar treatment, as most people want to limit the risks of causing more damage or trauma to their skin. The good news is that there are a few treatments that reduce acne scars and boost the skin’s elasticity and health. Two of these treatments include Infini for acne scars and Fraxel for acne. Here’s what you need to know about the difference between Infini vs. Fraxel.
How Do They Work?
The Infini radiofrequency (RF) procedure combines microneedling technologies and energy that treats the skin at the deeper level, the dermis. This second layer of skin contains collagen, which gives skin its elasticity, firmness, and youthfulness. The Infini microneedling device delivers targeted energy to the dermis, thanks to insulated needles. Only the precise locations that need to be treated are affected to reduce the risk of skin inflammation and discomfort. Here are some of the benefits of the Infini procedure:
- Tightens lax skin for a firmer appearance
- Improves skin texture
- Delivers high amounts of energy without burning the skin
- Increases tissue volume without risking damage to the cells
- Safer than lasers
- RF energy can be targeted at varying lengths
- Used for all skin types, including dry, oily, large pores, or scarred skin
- As effective as plastic surgery without the risks, costs, and downtime
- Offers a smoother, more youthful appearance
The Fraxel treatment uses non-ablative fractional laser technology and it is more intense than Infini. It uses a laser that penetrates the skin to reach the dermis, causing microscopic wounds to stimulate cellular renewal. It can be used to treat sun damage, minimize the appearance of acne scars and signs of aging, as well as hyperpigmentation, and it stimulates the body’s natural production of collagen to achieve a more youthful appearance. Here are the benefits of the Fraxel procedure:
- Minimizes the appearance of acne scars
- Treats sun damaged skin
- Treats age spots and Melasma
- Reduces fine lines and wrinkles
- Clears uneven skin tone
- Tightens lower lids
- Creates smoother skin
Effect on Acne Scars
In terms of comparisons from specialists and customers, the Infini procedure is the preferred method of reducing the appearance of acne scars. It offers better improvement in stubborn acne scars because of its ability to target the affected areas deep within the dermis. The punching motion of the microneedles are able to break through the tough fibrosis.
The Fraxel treatment is designed to smooth and improve the skin’s texture. It can treat acne scars with its lasers, which cause mild damage to the cells, causing the body’s natural healing tendencies to kick into overdrive.
Who Will Benefit?
The Infini treatment is designed to treat sagging skin, fine lines and wrinkles, sun-damaged skin, scars, and stretch marks. One of its advantages is that it can work on all skin types, regardless of ethnicity. There is a lower risk of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation compared to other lasers.
The Fraxel laser treatment is also safe for darker skin tones, as it does not treat the melanin in the skin.
The Infini treatment is approximately $990 for one session, however, some clinics will offer a discount package when you schedule multiple appointments.
The Fraxel procedure costs about $900 to $1,900, depending on the size of the area being treated. Packages are also available.
Side Effects & Downtime
The Infini procedure has very few and mild side effects, which makes it a treatment with minimal downtime. Patients with vascular skin may notice minor pinpoint bleeding and a slight chance of bruising in the area, but this is rare in most patients. It’s advised that patients do not take any pain killers such as aspirin, ibuprofen, acetaminophen, naproxen, Vitamin E, or Fish Oil, at least a week before treatment. Most patients may notice a slight redness in the area that will fade after approximately 24 hours. Patients can return to their normal activities within a day. The Fraxel treatment also has little downtime, but it is still twice as much as the Infini procedure. Patients may need about two to three days of downtime to recover; however, they can proceed with their daily activities immediately after the treatment.
Fraxel treatments can be made more comfortable with a topical numbing cream, which is usually applied to the patient before the procedure. To minimize discomfort even further, cold air is used on the treatment area. Patients typically feel a sun-burned sensation which dissipates within a few hours to days. Redness and swelling are the main side effects of the procedure, but it depends on how intense your treatment session was, as well as your skin type. Some additional side effects may include itchy skin, peeling or flaking, and a bronzed appearance.
Both procedures are effective for skin tightening, but are most effective on the face and neck. Patients may also be able to use these procedures on their chest and hands.
Why Infini Is Better for Scars and Fine Lines
By comparing these two procedures, it is clear that the insulated microneedles of the Infini treatment make it a more targeted and low risk procedure when compared to the Fraxel treatment. Although both produce similar results and have similar downtime, there are some clear advantages of the Infini.
If you’re looking to try the Infini procedure to get rid of stubborn acne scars, the Anti Aging Toronto Clinic is available! Our Infini procedure is nearly risk-free. There is little to no recovery time and you won’t believe how much younger, refreshed and vibrant you will look as your skin heals from the treatment.
To learn more about the procedure or to book your consultation today, call us at (416) 546-4664, or e-mail us at info@AntiAgingToronto.ca. Our skincare specialists can also offer you a tour of our Toronto facilities.