For many people who suffer from acne, it can be embarrassing, painful, and frustrating. Regardless of the reason behind your breakouts, you may feel like your acne will never go away for good. However, even after acne has been healed, it can leave behind scars that act as a constant reminder of the zit that was once there. While there are many different creams, products, and solutions that promise to help rid you of your acne scars, they can be difficult to fade.
One of the most popular procedures for healing acne scars is micro-needling. Let’s take a look at if micro-needling really is effective for acne scars, how it works, and who it is right for.
What is Micro-Needling
Micro-needling is a procedure that uses very small needles to penetrate the skin. These small needles create micro “injuries” across your skin, which your body will then work to repair by producing elastin and collagen. Elastin and collagen are used in your body’s natural healing response, helping to fade your acne scars without the use of harsh chemicals or products. While micro-needling may be creating new “injuries,” they are not visible past the procedure. If you have a fear of needles, micro-needling can sound terrifying. However, the needles used in micro-needling are very small and pain-free for many people.
What are the Benefits of Micro-Needling
Many people use micro-needling procedures to fade acne scarring. However, micro-needling offers other benefits. Micro-needling can help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and create a more even texture on your skin. Micro-needling can be done on just about any area of skin, making it a great solution for stretch marks, surgery scars, or aging. Micro-needling is also a great solution if you suffer from acne scarring on your back, chest, or other areas. You can also use micro-needling as a preventative measure. Through regular micro-needling treatments, you can avoid new scars and signs of aging.
Is Micro-Needling Effective for Acne Scars
Results of micro-needling will vary from person to person. However, micro-needling can penetrate deeper into your skin than creams, lotions, or surface treatments. This provides a great alternative for individuals not seeing results from topical scar solutions. Not only is micro-needling effective at fading your acne scars, but it can also help prevent new acne from scaring. By preventing new scars from forming, you can reduce your healing time and get one step closer to the clear, smooth skin you’re after.
What Does the Micro-Needling Process Look Like
In most cases, micro-needling is a pretty quick procedure. Depending on the area of skin you’re looking to have the micro-needled, a session should take between 30 minutes to an hour. Before a micro-needling appointment, you can prepare by protecting your skin from sunburn and avoiding any self-tanning lotions or sprays. You should also come to your appointment with clean, makeup-free skin.
After the appointment, you’ll want to take extra precaution to avoid sunburn or using irritating skin products. You’ll also want to avoid extraneous exercise that may cause irritation. Your skin may be red or inflamed after your micro-needling appointment is done. However, this should fade away within the first 24 hours. You may also experience some itchiness as your skin heals. This is normal and also should fade within a day or two. There is no downtime associated with a micro-needling procedure, but you will still want to take extra care of your skin after you’re done.
Who is Micro-Needling Right For
Almost any adult is a great candidate for micro-needling. Micro-needling can bring many benefits to anyone suffering from acne scars or facing signs of aging. However, you should not use micro-needling if you’re currently experiencing an active breakout with open wounds or your on medication that may make healing more difficult. Before you have a micro-needling appointment, be sure to talk with a professional about whether or not it is a good option for you and your skin.
Are There At-Home Micro-Needling Options
Micro-needling can be both an at-home and professional procedure. Micro-needling rollers or products can be purchased at most beauty stores and can be used at-home safely and effectively. However, if you’re not taking proper care to sterilize your products at home, you risk infection and making your scarring worse. By opting to see a professional for your micro-needling procedures, you can rest easy knowing you’re improving your skin texture in a clean and safe environment.
How Often Should I Have Micro-Needling Appointments
After a micro-needling appointment, you need to give your body some time to heal. In most cases, your body will spend the next couple of weeks producing collagen and elastin to heal the micro-wounds the needles caused. This production will peak after about two weeks. At this point, you can schedule another appointment. However, it is recommended to wait about four weeks before your next appointment. If you are having particularly strong or deep treatments, six weeks is ideal.
If you’re using micro-needling as a preventative measure for acne scars, you can book appointments even less. Some individuals only schedule a couple of micro-needling appointments a year. When it comes to micro-needling, you don’t want to over-do it. Talking with a professional about an ideal micro-needling schedule for your skin can help you see the best results possible without overdoing it.
Booking Your Micro-Needling Appointment
If you’re ready to schedule a micro-needling appointment or you have additional questions about whether or not the procedure is right for you, contact Boston Center for Facial Rejuvenation today. Dr. Leonard Miller, M.D. is a leading cosmetic plastic surgeon in Boston and can help you find the best solution for treating your acne scars. Dr. Miller uses both complex surgical techniques and noninvasive skincare treatments to help his patients get the beautiful clear skin they’ve always dreamed of.