Microneedling Treatment and How it Works to Diminish Acne Scars
Skin treatments can help clear acne, but when blemishes go away their effects can still be visible. Craters and scars sometimes mark the spots where pimples appeared on the skin. “There are a number of ways to reduce the visibility of these scars with simple procedures that promotes the growth of new cells in scarred skin,” says Dr. Miriam Hanson, board certified Dermatologist and cosmetic expert at Sanova Dermatology in Austin, Texas. “One treatment, called microneedling, has helped many people reduce the appearance of acne scars.”
How Does Microneedling Work?
As its name suggests, microneedling works by using tiny needles to treat the skin. The Skin Pen is a specialized device that houses these tiny needles at its tip, and is used by a medical professional to penetrate the superficial layer of skin. “These tiny penetrations are like small wounds, which prompts the body to react with its own growth factors and natural healing mechanisms,” explains Dr. Hanson. The body sends cells to the tiny wounds to create more collagen in the wounded areas. The result is thickened skin with better texture. In addition to filling in acne scars, microneedling also works to minimize the appearance of enlarged pores, as well as fine lines and wrinkles.
What Should I Expect During Treatment?
A microneedling session starts with the application of a topical anesthetic. Then a medical professional uses the Skin Pen to create the micro-injuries in the skin. Next, a serum that enhances collagen is applied to the affected area. Depending on the severity of the scarring, a person may need multiple microneedling sessions. “For many people, four to six sessions is common,” notes Dr. Hanson.
Microneedling goes by several different names. Sometimes it’s referred to as collagen induction therapy and in other cases, it’s called percutaneous collagen induction. Regardless of what it’s called, microneedling can’t be done over active acne lesions. The procedure will just make those areas more inflamed and could spread harmful bacteria.
There are other ways to treat acne scarring, including lasers. But microneedling tends to be less expensive and less invasive than lasers treatments. Microneedling also offers the advantage of a shorter recovery time. Potential minor side effects with microneedling include: bleeding, bruising, and pigmentation. While consumers can buy their own do-it-yourself microneedling kits to try at home, a skin-care professional can best conduct the procedure and address any complications that arise.
If you would like to get rid of your acne scars, please contact us for help. We’ll help you determine if microneedling is best for you.