Microneedling For Acne
By Licensed Medical Practitioners
Microneedling Treats Acne
Microneedling is a minimally invasive non-surgical and nonabrasive facial rejuvenation procedure It is considered one of the safest skin treatment procedures. I treats a number of skin conditions, including:
Surgery & Burn Scars
Stretch Marks & Sagging Skin
Fine Lines & Deep Wrinkles
What is Microneedling?
The treatment uses a pen-shaped electric medical device that employs about a dozen fine needles to penetrate the surface of the skin at a very high speed to rebuild elasticity and reduce the size of pores. The needles break down old scar tissue and stimulate skin cells to proliferate, resulting in the formation of new tissue layers of elastin and collagen fibers, and in the formation of new capillaries, which improve blood supply.
As the fine needles puncture the skin, they create channels or micro-wounds that trigger the body to fill them with new collagen and elastin, which leads to improved skin texture, firmness and hydration.
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Benefits of Microneedling
- Reduced risk of hyperpigmentation and scarring, making it safe on dark skin
- Suitable for thin and sensitive skin
- Can be done at an office/clinic and doesn’t require too much special training or costly tools
- Patients tolerate and approve of the treatment
- It is cost-effective, and can be used to treat areas that other technologies, such as peels and laser, cannot treat.
- Microneedling leaves the epidermis intact and doesn’t damage it, making it a safe procedure to repeat.
- Unlike other skin resurfacing treatments, this procedure does not produce a line of demarcation between treated and untreated skin. Because of this, treatment can be applied to specific scar areas without the use of “blending” or “feathering”
- Recovery time is minimal, allowing you to resume normal activities within a few days, depending on how deep the needles penetrate the skin. This is different from treatments such as laser resurfacing and dermabrasion, which require downtime from normal activities
The procedure is well tolerated. Depending on the area being treated and the problem being targeted, treatment takes between a few minutes to an hour to complete.
- Patients should take care not to use any lotion, makeup, or topical creams on the area to be treated.
- Before the micro-needling begins, a medical professional applies a numbing cream or local anesthetic to the area of concern.
- A skin-needling device is used to puncture the skin in a specific pattern and is used several times to maximize results.
- Each skin puncture creates a tiny wound, which allows for skin cells to regenerate.
- The procedure takes between five and sixty minutes to complete.
- It is recommended that six weeks pass between one treatment and the next to allow for new collagen to form completely.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Microneedling?
It is a skin treatment procedure that involves an electric skin-needling device. The device contains 12 very fine needles. It is used during micro-needling procedures to break down old scar tissue and push skin cell generation. Cell production leads to the creation of new layers of elastin and collagen fiber and leads to improved blood flow in the skin.
How Does Microneedling Work?
The device slides along the skin and penetrates upper layers of the skin to a depth of up to 2mm to create tiny needle wounds. This signals the body to respond by producing collagen and elastin fibers. As a result, the skin becomes fuller, thus reducing the appearance of scars, lines, and wrinkles.
What Conditions Does Microneedling Treat?
Some of the conditions that Medical Microneedling is known to improve include: mild to moderate acne scarring, fine lines and wrinkles, sagging skin, skin texture and pore size, and stretch marks
What Will I Look Like After the Treatment?
Most people will notice redness and mild swelling similar to slight sunburn for 24-48 hours and there may be slight pinpoint bleeding and/or bruising. Skin will be noticeably smoother and more radiant within a week or two. Full results will take a few months to appear.
What Does the Procedure Involve?
It begins with cleaning and numbing the skin using a collagen-stimulating product, Vitamin C serum, or a skin lightener. A small pen with 12 tiny needles is used to create tiny wounds in the skin. The speed and adjustability of the needles allows for more effective piercing and absorption of skin products. Vitamin-C serium or Hyalurnoic acid is used after the procedure to hydrate, heal and protect the skin.
What is the Down Time After Microneedling?
Inflammation of the skin is very temporary and reduces greatly within a few hours. It may remain slightly pink for up to 48 hours after treatment. Using hyaluronic acid after the procedure can help reduce inflammation, and sunscreen can be used to protect the skin. Makeup use should be limited to mineral makeup.
How do I take care of my skin after the treatment?
- Patients tolerate the procedure easily. However, side effects such as dryness, scaling, redness, or swelling may last for a few days (or longer).
- It is recommended that patients protect their skin from the sun after the procedure.
- When the procedure is used to treat acne scars, it is recommended that the patient clean his/her face with a gentle cleanser every night. This should be repeated in the morning and products such as makeup and lotions can be used regularly.
- Postoperative wound infections are rare because micro wounds close quickly after the procedure is completed.
- If necessary, emollients or antibiotics may be prescribed.
- Skin rejuvenation will be visible as soon as two weeks after the procedure or as much as six to eight months after.
- Results for burn scar treatments can take between six months and one year to show.
What Are the Benefits of Microneedling?
Some of the known benefits of known microneedling are that it greatly improves topical cream effectiveness and penetration and stimulates blood circulation and collagen production; the needles are non-allergenic; it is cost-effective relative to other surfacing procedures; it works on all skin types; and it can treat the scalp, face, and body, including skin around the eyes, mouth, and neck.
What Effects Does Microneedling Have on the Skin?
Medical microneedling is known to improve skin text texture, reduce the appearance of wrinkles, regenerate tissue, improve the appearance of scars, reduce the size of pores, and reduce the appearance of stretch marks.
Can Microneedling be Performed on Any Skin Color?
Medical Microneedling is safe to use on all skin types and colors without risk of post-inflammatory hyper-pigmentation.
Is Microneedling Painful?
Prior to the treatment, numbing cream can be applied to minimize pain that is felt during the procedure.
How Many Treatments Do I Need And How Often Can Microneedling Procedures be Repeated?
Each patient’s skin condition determines the number of treatments that are needed. Moderate acne scars may need between three and four treatments, while thermal burns and stretch marks may need five. Conditions such as wrinkles caused by aging, one or two refresher treatments are recommended per year.
Microneedling can be safely repeated every four to six weeks as needed. Collagen induction requires at least three treatments, while scar reduction requires between three and six. Four to six weeks should pass between one treatment and the next. Microneedling can be used on all parts of the body (neck, décolleté, arms, legs, etc). Usually results begin to appear after the first treatment.
What Are the Side Effects of the Microneedling?
No negative side effects have been observed in the more than 150,000 microneedling procedures that have been done worldwide.
What Should I Avoid on My Skin after the Treatment?
AHA’s (glycolic Acid), retinol, acidic or “active” ingredients should not be used for two to three days after treatment to allow for maximum healing. Sun exposure is not recommended and sunscreen is encouraged.
Am I a Candidate for Microneedling?
Medical microneedling is safe on all skin types and colors because the epidermis is not damaged during treatment. The chance of change in pigmentation or post inflammatory hyper-pigmentation is minimal. Skin microneedling can be used on sensitive and fragile areas (eyes, neck, back of hands) that cannot be treated easily with other procedures. Microneedling is not suitable for patients who have used Accutane (isotretinoin) within the last three months, have open wounds, cuts or abrasions, have had radiation skin treatment within the last year, are suffering from any skin infection, condition, or herpes simplex in the area of concern, are pregnant or breast feeding, have any history of keloid or hypertrophic scars or poor wound healing
How Much the Microneedling Treatment Cost?
The cost of the treatment will be discussed during a free consultation, based on each client’s treatment plan that is based on the patient’s individual needs and desired results. Medical microneedling can be used in conjunction with other treatments.
What Are the Risks of Post-op Infections?
Post-op infections are extremely unlikely given that the tiny wounds close quickly and the treatment is done under clinical conditions.