Microneedling for Acne Scars Beverly Hills
For removal of deep-seated acne scars, microneedling (also called derma roller therapy) is an effective treatment. Other skin-improvement treatments like dermabrasion and laser resurfacing are only marginally effective for this issue and do not exhibit the same degree of finesse as microneedling for acne scars.
The treatment is spread out over four to six weeks. For people with acute cases of acne vulgaris, the post-acne scarring can be very distressing and sometimes affects their self-esteem. Microneedling for acne scars helps even out areas of the face that have sunken due to acne. It also clears early wrinkles around the eyes and mouth.
This procedure used to be referred to as collagen induction therapy and was used for skin rejuvenation. With improvements in this technology, microneedling is now used for transdermal drug insertion, treatment of actinic keratoses and periorbital melanosis, and more.
This therapy has been in use since 1995 but was used only marginally in medical spas and beauty clinics. In 2006, it was reinvented by Fernandez, and now it is being offered as an effective treatment for removal of acne scars.
During microneedling for acne scars, a tiny medical device delivers needle pricks to the skin to stimulate its natural healing process. When these needles puncture the skin, they deliver bipolar RF energy into the cells of the skin. The inner tissue is invigorated and produces collagen for smooth and supple skin.
Though home treatments are available, dermatologists advise people against trying out these procedures at home due to risk of infection and allergies. These devices are either tiny rollers with wheels of micro-needles on them or a pen-like instrument with cluster of microneedles on the tip.
All microneedling processes are performed with topical anesthesia, which is applied on the targeted skin area around 45 minutes in advance in order to numb it. The needle length depends on the size and depth of acne scars. These needles must be sized to effectively reach under the skin to stimulate the collagen at various depths.
The treatment can be done once every couple of years. A patient has to undergo between one to three procedures depending on the condition of their skin and the recovery process. Doctors will advise you to wait for six to eight weeks between each procedure for natural skin regeneration and healing.
Taking Care of Skin After Treatment
Though you may feel a burning or itching sensation on the treated skin, avoid taking anti-inflammation medication like ibuprofen, Motrin, or Advil, as these will affect the skin’s natural rejuvenation process. On the treatment day, the doctor will advise you against using any skin care product on your face before and after the procedure, though you may be given a moisturizer to soothe the skin.
From the next day onwards, you can use a gentle facial cleanser before applying regular skin moisturizer to clean dry and flaky skin from the treatment area. You may notice dry skin on your face every day as the outer later is shedding, so you will have to keep your face clean. It will take a week for your skin to appear smooth and radiant after the microneedling procedure.
Find out more about microneedling for acne scars by contacting the office of Dr. Mehrdad Hassid.