Nobody wants acne scars, but unfortunately, many people have them. It’s almost as if your acne never went away and you’re still fighting it, even if all that’s left now are the scars that are left behind.
Thankfully, there are efficient acne scar treatments such as micro-needling today. If you’re looking into micro-needling for acne correction, you’ve come to the right place. Here is everything you need to know about how micro-needling works for acne correction.
What is Micro-needling?
Micro-needling is sometimes known as skin needling or dermarolling. It’s a minimally invasive procedure that, despite the name, isn’t painful. Topical numbing cream is used on the area, and the needles are very small. Since only the topmost layer of skin is treated, you really won’t feel the process and will be in and out of the clinic within an hour or so.
Unlike other acne procedures, micro-needling does not require much downtime with a 24 hours – 3 day recovery period. Due to how minimally invasive it is, you can even go back to your daily routine 24 hours post treatment.
How Does Micro-needling Work?
We use a small, handheld device called The SkinPen which has 14 surgical-grade stainless steel needles.These needles create thousands of microchannels that stimulate your body’s natural wound healing process, while minimizing cellular damage. By making small puncture wounds in your skin, micro-needling promotes the release of collagen that then regenerates and heals your skin. This rejuvenates your skin from the inside out. The result is effective remodeling of scar tissue, while keeping the overall structure of the skin intact.
Collagen acts a bit like a filling does in your teeth. It will fill in the area in and around your acne scars to create a smoother surface. Because collagen fills in an area, micro-needling is most effective on those with depressed or pitted scars. The procedure will work for raised scars as well, though.
The procedure encourages new cell growth, and after a few sessions, you’ll notice acne scars fade and disappear.
A typical appointment for micro-needling will take between 30 minutes to an hour. It depends on how large the treatment area is. Once the session is completed, you are not allowed to put anything on your face for 24 hours. Micro-needling is not an exhaustive procedure, though, and there is no necessary recovery time, so you can continue about your day as usual.
How Effective is Micro-needling?
When it comes to acne scars, micro-needling will be the most effective for depressed or pitted scars. The collagen that is triggered by the procedure quickly fills in the missing space.
Micro-needling procedures are a fairly long-lasting solution, though you may need to arrange for touch-up procedures at least once a year. Although not necessary, these extra procedures can extend the results of your first few micro-needling sessions and keep your skin looking healthy and smooth.
Overall, micro-needling is a relatively low risk procedure yet still yields good results. Of the many possible ways to treat acne scars, it remains one of the least invasive and cost-efficient methods available. Compared to laser therapy options or medications, micro-needling is often the preferred treatment method.
Micro-needling is an effective way to treat acne scars especially if you’re looking for something that is cost efficient, non invasive, and relatively pain free. Call us today, and we can give you a full overview of the procedure for your specific situation.
Brittany Lane White, a board-certified family nurse practitioner from Lakeland, Florida, holds a nursing degree from Florida State University. With six years of experience in medical and trauma/surgical ICU in Tampa, she pursued a master’s degree in nursing at the University of Tampa. Her passion for aesthetic medicine grew during her master’s training. In Los Angeles, she completed clinical and injection specialist training at a top 25 Allergan account. Brittany focuses on a natural approach to facial aesthetics, emphasizing confidence and refreshment, not an artificial appearance. Beyond work, she enjoys spinning, travel, reading, and beach weekends with her husband, Brian, and two children, Georgina (Georgie) and Westley.