Treating Acne Scars with Microneedling

It’s frustrating. You finally leave acne behind, only to be left with stubborn scars. But although these scars are usually impossible to treat with over-the-counter remedies, you aren’t doomed to live with them forever.

Microneedling is an effective procedure that can help reduce the appearance of acne scars, and at Luminescence Aesthetic Medicine, we’ve used microneedling to help many patients get results they love. Here are the facts about microneedling and how it can help you finally say goodbye to acne scarring.

Does Microneedling Help Acne Scars?

There are different types of acne scars, but we often see patients with atrophic acne scars, which are pits or depressions in the skin. Atrophic acne scars are caused by a loss of collagen in the skin. Without that collagen, the skin sags, causing dents on the skin’s surface.

Microneedling is a technique that addresses the root issue that causes these acne scars. This procedure uses a device with tiny needles to repeatedly puncture the skin, causing low-level, controlled trauma. This prompts the skin to create new collagen and elastin within the atrophic acne scars to repair this damage. These important fibers support the structure of the skin, which is why microneedling is also a popular treatment for fine lines and rough texture.

The same process boosts the missing collagen that causes acne scarring to occur. This process allows the body to produce its own support for the skin in return. These new, resilient fibers smooth the skin and fill in the scars.

Additionally, Luminescence currently offers cutting-edge micro-needling technologies like SYLFIRM X, which have been found to reduce wrinkles while providing a wealth of other skin-rejuvenating benefits.

Are Microneedling Results Permanent?

Many patients love the results they see with microneedling. It’s a quick procedure that usually only takes about 15 minutes to complete. On top of that, the recovery of the skin itself is fast. Best of all, it’s been shown to significantly reduce acne scarring. But how long does it last?

The results vary by person, so working with a trustworthy professional is important to create a treatment plan that works best for you. Building new collagen is an effective way to reduce scarring, but like all the collagen in your body, these new fibers are under attack from UV radiation, pollution, aging, and other assaults. Over time, your new collagen will start to break down, and you may see some of the scars return.

However, you can maintain the results with just a few follow-up sessions. Generally, an initial series of three treatments about four weeks apart is recommended to get the desired results. After that, occasional touch-up sessions should keep your skin in shape. Your skin care provider can tell you how many treatments will be best for you.

Does Microneedling Hurt?

Being poked over and over by a device with needles may sound a little scary. However, keep in mind that these are very small needles, and you will be treated with a numbing cream ahead of time. Between these two factors, you will experience very little, if any, pain or discomfort.

In the next day or two after the procedure, you may notice a little redness or irritation and, in some cases, mild bruising. This usually resolves quickly on its own. You can help speed your recovery by using gentle skincare and staying out of the sun.

See the Difference in Your Skin with Luminescence Aesthetic Medicine

Microneedling is one of the many effective cosmetic treatments we offer at Luminescence that are backed by science. Many of our clients love the difference they see in their skin, and we love to help them get those results. To see what we can do for you, book an appointment with one of our skilled experts in Chandler, Arizona today. We’re here to help you look and feel your best.

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