As if acne wasn’t bad enough, sometimes pimples can leave scars. Scars from acne can happen if you have cystic acne or pick at your skin. Acne scars can last for months or even years, like other scars. If you’ve tried over-the-counter products to remove your scars, but nothing has worked, you might want to try microneedling. This procedure, also called skin needling, is done by a dermatologist or other skin care professional to treat scars, wrinkles, and other skin problems. It may also help with acne scars, and studies have shown that the effects are mostly sound.
How does microneedling help improve scars?
Whether you have scars from acne, scars after surgery, or scars from an accident, microneedling treatment could help you get rid of them in a big way. Microneedling for scars is usually a safe, quick, and effective way to make scars and other skin problems like stretch marks look better. In many cases, it can bring about impressive results in a short time. The microneedling procedure has needles that can be changed so that they can go into the skin at different depths. As the flexible needles go through the skin, micro-channels start to form. The formation of these tiny channels triggers the release of growth factors and speeds up the production of collagen. When this new collagen is put down, it helps to improve the look of the scar by reshaping the skin. This makes the scars less sharp and gives them a softer, smoother texture.
What kind of scars can be removed using microneedling?
Microneedling is quickly becoming the treatment of choice for scars. It can be used to treat most scars on the face and body. The following scars are usually treated with microneedling:
- Surgical scars
- Injury scars
- Scars from self-harm
- Acne scars
- Scars that get bigger over time are called hypertrophic scars (raised white scars)
- Sunken scars
- Stretch marks
There is no way to treat keloid scars. Keloid scarring happens when scar tissue grows outside of the wound site and is usually red or purple in color. People sometimes mix this type of scar with white, raised scars called hypertrophic ones. However, the scars need to be healed before you can use microneedling to treat scars. Scars that are still in the process of healing on their own should not be treated.
Improve your scars with microneedling in Vancouver
You can talk to a professional at Celebrity Laser Care in Vancouver, to find out if microneedling is the best scar treatment for you. We’d be happy to take a look at your skin problems and see if the treatment can help. Contact us right away to set up your appointment!