Is Microneedling for Acne Scars An Effective Option?
Have you just gotten the newest face cream, cleanser or scrub that promises to clear your acne and make your skin baby soft and you have the feeling that this may be the one?
By this point, maybe you have tried a hundred other products which promised to be just as effective, only to have one fail you after the other.
The good news is that although acne can be very frustrating to treat, there are real solutions that do not require dangerous prescription medications! Also, there are medical aesthetic treatments that truly help reduce the scars that acne can leave behind.
The American Academy of Dermatology estimates that 50 million Americans deal with Acne annually. Eighty-five percent of people that deal with acne are between the ages of 12 and 24. However, adult acne can be a very frustrating condition as well and many women experience acne breakouts in middle age.
Most people are lucky because as the adolescence hormones leave their bodies, acne reduces. Unfortunately, for many this is not the case. The professionals at Harpe Laser and Wellness can help you reach your goals in achieving clear, healthy skin through services such as individualized facials, physician grade skin care products, hydrafacial treatments with dermabrasion, blue LED light and other non medical treatments that are very effective in treating acneic skin. However, when acne has left behind scars, these will remain unless they are dealt with through medical treatments such as microneedling.
Here is a detailed look at the process of microneedling for acne scars, and how it can help you reach your goals of smoother skin.
Understanding Microneedling for Acne Scars
Microneedling is the process where very thin needles are used to create thousands of microchannels in the skin. These microneedles reach the deeper levels of the skin and generate new collagen and tissue to create smoother, firmer, and more toned skin. The process is a very popular treatment carried out to smooth acne scars, trauma scars, wrinkles, and reduce large pores.
Here are the reasons why the procedure comes highly recommended:
1. The Procedure Is Very Safe
The procedure is medically referred to as collagen induction therapy. The goal of the procedure is to create thousands of tiny microchannels in the top layer of your skin, stimulating the body’s natural healing response. The result is the production of new skin cells, and the production of collagen, which clears scars and rejuvenates the skin. This procedure is tolerated very well and is very effective.
The first step is to come in for a complimentary consultation with Dr. Charles Harpe, at which time he will determine if you are a good candidate for the treatment and go over any questions you may have. Prior to your first treatment, your provider will go over your goals, treatment expectations, and post care instructions with you. Although you will see results after one treatment, a series of 3 is recommended especially for scar revision. After the procedure, you can go home immediately, and you will have little to no recovery time.
2. The Procedure Is Very Convenient
The preparation and actual procedure take only about an hour and a half. For the best results, you need to have a consultation by a Board Certified Physician.
An Aesthetician Certified in Microneedling can carry out the procedure as long as they have the permission and supervision of a physician.
There are many microneedling benefits. In addition to microneedling for acne scar healing, it is also used to rejuvenate the skin and remove fine wrinkles and smooth deeper wrinkles on the face and other parts of the body.
The collagen created in the healing process tightens the skin, smooths wrinkles, and creates healthier, more youthful skin.
3. The Procedure Is Very Effective
In a study that was carried out about the effectiveness of microneedling, 100 percent of the participants noted a marked improvement in the condition of their skin after they started the procedure.
Other options that patients have in dealing with severe acne scars include laser treatments. However, most prefer microneedling because they recovered faster from it.
4. Few to No Side Effects
Microneedling is a minimally invasive treatment. Microneedling for pitted scars usually offers the same results as peels and laser skin treatments. However, when compared to these other treatments, microneedling comes with fewer side effects and a much easier recovery period.
Microneedling is a procedure so simple that you can have the treatment done on one day, and you will be able to go to work the next day. Typically, you may experience redness for 1 to 2 days and your skin may feel dry and tight. After 24 hours, you may wear makeup and sunblock.
5. The Procedure is Affordable
Laser skin resurfacing costs $1000 or more per session. The number of the sessions depends on the severity of the condition, which means that deep scars will cost a lot to remove.
A Medical Strength Chemical peel will cost between $300 and $600. The procedure can be invasive as it involves the removal of an entire layer of your skin.
Microneedling generally costs an average of $350 for the face, when it is done in a medical clinic and overseen by a physician. Packages of 3 treatments or more bring the cost down and provide better results.
Who Shouldn’t Get Microneedling Treatment?
Microneedling is generally minimally invasive and very effective in dealing with acne. However, you should not have the procedure done if:
- You are pregnant
- You have severe eczema, psoriasis or rosacea
- You recently underwent radiation therapy at the area of treatment
- You have active acne
Recovery After the Procedure
The first few days after micro needling for acne scars are when the skin is most sensitive. Doctor’s recommend staying out of the sun during this time.
People should also cover their skin and use sunscreen for the first few days after the procedure so that they can hide their skin from the damaging effects of the sun.
To maintain and improve the results of the treatment, you may need more than one treatment. If you have been suffering from acne scars, and you have tried everything, but nothing is working, contact us, or visit our website to learn about the procedure.
We offer routine dermatologic skin assessments and advice on complementary treatments, which will help maintain the results of your sessions with us. You will not regret starting a treatment plan with us.