Does Microneedling Help Acne Scars? Effectiveness & Side Effects

If you have battled against acne, then you are likely to have experienced acne scarring as well.

Acne scarring is very common after:

  • deeper cystic acne,
  • picking at your skin, or
  • even mild acne.

Depending on the type of scar, these marks can last for months or even years.

When patients come into our practice with acne scarring, they’ve typically tried several types of products or treatments with little to no success, already. If this is something you’ve attempted as well, we want to give you our best advice for finally ridding yourself of this bothersome textural issue.

HOW CAN MICRONEEDLING HELP ACNE SCARS?

Also known as collagen induction therapy, you can compare microneedling to hitting the reset button on your skin.

Using an FDA cleared microneedling device, your trained esthetician will create tiny wounds known as micro-channels (microscopic holes) at a rate of 1600 per second or more. These invisible wounds kickstart a three-step process to increase collagen production and help smooth out scars as well as fine lines and wrinkles.

The three-step process:

  1. Inflammation: microneedles pierce the skin, triggering your immune system to disinfect the wounds, remove debris, increase blood flow, and begin to create new tissue.
  2. Proliferation: The micro-wounds created are rebuilt with new granulation cells that include collagen proteins. Additionally, a new network of blood vessels develops.
  3. Remodeling: The wound is replaced with new tissues and blood vessels which are composed of rich collagen and elastin proteins.

HOW EFFECTIVE IS MICRONEEDLING?

Microneedling is clinically proven to be effective for acne scars and wrinkles on the neck. The device and aesthetician you choose, however, matter!

IS MICRONEEDLING SAFE?

Concern for the safety and efficacy of microneedling has been raised over the years.

In response, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2018 issued regulations on what is considered a safe, medical grade microneedling device.

Soon after, SkinPen™ (the device we use at Valley Dermatology) became the first FDA-cleared microneedling device and continues to set the industry standard.

  • In a clinical study, 90% of patients said they would recommend SkinPen

WHY CHOOSE MICRONEEDLING FOR ACNE SCARS?

Compared with other treatments like laser treatments and chemical peels in clinical trials, microneedling showed similar results but was preferred due to minimal side effects and shorter downtime.

Other benefits of microneedling include:

  • Immediate skin-plumping
  • Lasting results
  • Works most skin tones and types

WHAT TO EXPECT DURING MICRONEEDLING

Treating acne scars with microneedling is simple.

  1. First, your face is gently cleansed and massaged.
  2. Afterwards, we may apply topical anesthesia to keep you comfortable.
  3. Once your ski is ready, lift hydrogel is applied to your face, to help the SkinPen device glide smoothly across your skin.
  4. Using the SkinPen, your esthetician will create millions of controlled microchannels to target natural collagen and promote your body’s natural healing process.

Your provider will create a treatment plan to achieve your desired results

THE COST OF MICRONEEDLING

Depending on your provider and whether or not you add on platelet rich plasma (PRP) to your treatment, microneedling may cost anywhere from $200 to $700 per session.

The number of sessions can vary, but most people need three to six sessions for optimal results.

MICRONEEDLING RESULTS

Results may vary from person to person. Most people notice results within the first six weeks. In general, you can expect to see results on acne scars after three months of microneedling.

In clinical trials, skin has been shown to improve for up to six months after a SkinPen treatment.

WHEN NOT TO MICRONEEDLE

Patients with:

  • active acne,
  • active rashes or sores,
  • Hypertrophic scars (also known as keloids), which are raised scars caused by an overproduction of collagen during the healing process.

Should not be microneedling. Active acne and rashes must be completely cleared before this treatment.

IS MICRONEEDLING RIGHT FOR YOU?

Schedule a consultation and speak with an esthetician about your acne scarring concerns. We’ll put together a treatment plan and answer any questions you may have about this simple treatment!

Schedule here.