Acne scars causing you to put on layers of makeup to hide the dips and divots? Is your self-confidence dipping like your scars? Most people want a flawless complexion and more youthful-looking skin. Microneedling may just be the resolution to your scar issues.
What is Microneedling?
In 1995, microneedling was introduced to the aesthetics industry. As more skincare professionals used microneedling, they found microneedling to be an excellent remedy for reducing acne and acne scars. Research confirmed that this treatment boosts collagen production and leaves your skin smooth and soft. There is a little downtime and some sunburn-like pain with microneedling. But a recent clinical study showed scarring was decreased by one to two grades in 35 out of 36 subjects who underwent microneedling treatments.
Surveys and studies show that microneedling for facial scars has minimal adverse effects, little risk, and improves nutrient absorption, increasing serums and creams’ effectiveness. It has also proved to be helpful for skin issues like stretch marks, and many patients have found that microneedling provides tremendous results in a short timeframe.
What are Scars?
Scars occur as a form of skin repair. Scars are the result of the biological processes of wound repair in tissues. Scars appear on the skin because new collagen fibers are created to mend the damage. Even though scaring is a natural healing process, most people find their scars undesirable. They look at their scars as disfiguring, and this causes feelings of low self-esteem and confidence.
Of course, if you wear your scars like a badge of courage, you won’t need to find methods to reduce their appearance!
Reasons Microneedling Reduces Scars
Microneedling is a very simple process. During a professional microneedling session, your skincare professional uses a specialized skin pen with fine small needles; SkinVolution in Glendale, AZ, uses the latest technology with the Eclipse Micropen EVO. These fine needles create micro-wounds or channels in the skin. When your skin experiences these wounds, your body naturally rushes to produce new cells, collagen, and elastin.
As a side note, collagen is a structural protein found in connective tissues and the skin. Elastin is a structural protein also found in the connective tissues of elastic structures. Together, elastin and collagen form the skin structure that maintains firmness and elasticity. Collagen provides strength, and elastin provides flexibility.
Microneedling triggers collagen production in the treatment area, and over time your body’s natural healing process takes over for long-lasting results. Microneedling is safe and effective for acne and injury scarring. Microneedling is used to produce:
· Visible results
· Has Quick recovery time
· Limited side effects
The full results of microneedling occur between four and six weeks after treatment, and you may need to do three to six treatments before you see the full results. The treatment results last anywhere from four to six months, and follow-up treatments can be performed twice a year to maintain the results.
Maintenance treatments refresh your skin, help maintain collagen production, and provide you with amazing results. It would help if you also had a good skin care regimen to preserve the results of your microneedling treatments.
Six Ways Microneedling Works on Scars
1. Microneedling treatments trigger collagen and cell renewal to diminish the appearance of scars like acne scars, wound scars, surgical scars, and stretch marks.
2. Microneedling slows down aging by increasing collagen and elastin. As a result, it decreases wrinkles and improves the effectiveness of anti-aging lotions, creams, and topical applications.
3. Microneedling reduces scarring and restores your complexion. The treatment promotes the formation of skin cells and accelerates healing processes. In addition, it breaks down old scar tissue.
4. Microneedling evens out skin tone and is effective for reducing dark spots, rosacea, and age spots. The treatment helps shed the upper layer of the skin and reduces melanin production.
5. If you have large pores on your nose, forehead, or cheeks, microneedling will help to shrink your pores. Microneedling prevents pores from becoming clogged with dirt and sebum.
6. Microneedling sessions will minimize stretch marks. Micro injuries caused by microneedling trigger skin regeneration. It will take up to six sessions to reduce stretch marks and blend them with the surrounding skin.
Is microneedling the procedure for me?
The benefits of microneedling are many, and it has become a very popular aesthetic treatment. It works for all skin types and colors and is safe for people of all ages. Side effects are minimal, and any redness or swelling disappears within 48 hours. You may, however, experience some itching if you have skin allergies. Treatment may require three sessions done about four weeks apart.
If you suffer from active acne, eczema, or skin infections, microneedling may not be for you. It also might not be for you if you are pregnant or are on a blood thinner.
Dr. Trupti K. Patel.