How Does Microneedling Improve Acne Scars? What Else Can It Do?
Posted August 19, 2019 in Microneedling
While acne scars are usually an unwelcome reminder of your teenage years, sometimes acne and the resulting scars can continue to develop long into adulthood.
Unfortunately, acne experienced later in life is also the most likely to scar.
These markings disrupt a smooth and healthy-looking complexion and are challenging to erase.
Acne scars are the result of a loss of tissue that occurs when there is a break in the follicle wall. They remain on your complexion permanently.
How Can You Improve Acne Scars?
Microneedling, or collagen induction therapy, allows patients to minimize or eliminate unwanted scars across their face and body.
Microneedling is a non-surgical procedure that enables patients to improve their complexions with minimal downtime and immediate results.
Prior to the microneedling treatment, we add a topical numbing cream for patient comfort. Our hand-held device then makes shallow or deep passes over the acne scars (or other treatment areas) that create hundreds of tiny wounds in the skin.
These wounds open a channel in the surface that remains open for a few hours. The body responds to this trauma by stimulating collagen and new cell production.
This collagen that is produced strengthens the surrounding tissues and, in time, fills in the damage caused by the acne scars. This results in a smoother, more even complexion.
Microneedling is a safe and virtually painless treatment that offers long-term results apparent after only one treatment.
Some patients experience redness and sensitive skin after the procedure, but this redness should fade within a few hours.
What Else Can Microneedling Accomplish?
Microneedling is one of the best treatments for active scars; however, this is not the only benefit of microneedling.
Microneedling is used on the face, neck, and jawline to remove wrinkles and fine lines quickly.
This non-invasive treatment improves your overall skin quality by minimizing pores, stretch marks, hyperpigmentation, and texture irregularities.
For certain patients, microneedling may be able to provide results that are similar to a non-surgical facelift or neck lift.
While microneedling cannot address deeply set scars or severe skin laxity to the same extent that a surgical procedure can, it will rejuvenate a complexion that is uneven or unhealthy.
How Can I Maintain My Results?
Since microneedling rebuilds and strengthens the tissues that were displaced by the acne scar, results should be long-lasting, and the appearance of the scar should not return.
Unfortunately, no cosmetic procedure, not even plastic surgery, can stop the aging process. Therefore, additional skin laxity and textural issues will eventually arise.
Patients can extend their rejuvenating results by staying out of the sun and protecting their skin with SPF when they are in the sun, keeping their skin hydrated, and following a healthy lifestyle.