Acne and acne scars are one of the main reasons that many patients seek out the care of a dermatologist. This sometimes disfiguring skin condition causes breakouts and can lead to the formation of scars. Although facial scars are purely a cosmetic concern, the face is such a prominent part of your appearance that you will likely go to great lengths to see your acne and scars fade. At Improve Health Solutions MedSpa we offer microneedling to help you achieve this goal.
What is microneedling?
Collagen Induction Therapy, popularly known as microneedling, is a skin rejuvenation technique that is often used for the treatment of a wide range of problems like wrinkles, stretch marks, blemishes, and scars caused by trauma or acne.
Microneedling helps to stimulate healing by forming controlled injuries on the surface of the skin. Although this may seem counterintuitive, injuries can lead to skin rejuvenation when there is some thought behind the process.
How does microneedling work?
It has been known for centuries that controlled injuries to the skin can lead to the formation of new skin tissue that is smoother and more youthful in appearance. A microneedling treatment stimulates the formation of new collagen fibers that are laid down in a cellular matrix to replace superficial skin tissue that has been damaged.
What is a Microneedling Treatment Like?
We begin your microneedling treatment by applying a topical agent to your skin to numb it. After your skin has been numbed, we begin moving the device over your skin in a series of passes. As the device passes over your skin, it forms thousands of microscopic injuries in the epidermis and dermis, depending upon the length of the needles used.
Your skin responds to this injury by replacing old, damaged skin tissue with fresh skin that displays fewer imperfections like acne scars. Your results will build over the following weeks and months after your treatment.
How Many Treatments Will I Need?
The number of microneedling treatment sessions that you require will depend upon factors like the severity of your acne scars, your age, genetics, and lifestyle. Most patients require several treatments in order to obtain optimal results in the minimization of their acne scars.
Microneedling Combined with Other Treatments
Microneedling works extremely well in magnifying the effects of certain skin care products. The outer layer of your skin presents a barrier to the absorption of some topical products. The microscopic injuries created by the treatment process act as tiny channels, allowing far greater product absorption and effectiveness.