Though it's primarily associated with the teenage years, acne is a skin condition that affects people of all ages. While common, it can be embarrassing and make you feel self-conscious, especially if you're left with acne scars that just won't seem to fade away. If this sounds like you, then you'll be happy to learn that there is a procedure that can help: microneedling. In this blog post, we will discuss what microneedling is and how it works to help you determine whether it's the right treatment for you. Let's get started!
Microneedling is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure that is used to treat a variety of skin concerns, including acne scars. During the procedure, tiny needles are used to create microscopic holes in the skin. This may sound painful, but most people report only feeling a slight prickling sensation. These tiny punctures stimulate the skin's natural healing process, which leads to the production of new collagen and elastin. As a result, the skin becomes firmer, smoother, and more youthful-looking.
As we mentioned, microneedling works by stimulating the skin's natural healing process. See, when the needles puncture the skin, they damage the collagen fibres that support the skin. This damage signals the body to produce new collagen fibres to replace the damaged ones. In addition, the production of elastin is also stimulated. Elastin is a protein that helps the skin to snap back into place after being stretched. Together, collagen and elastin work to give the skin more support, which results in firmer, smoother skin.
Before starting the microneedling procedure, your practitioner will cleanse your skin and apply a numbing cream to help minimize any discomfort. Once your skin is numbed, they will use a microneedling device to create microscopic punctures in the skin. The depth of the punctures will depend on the severity of your acne scars. After the device has been passed over the skin, a hyaluronic acid or vitamin-rich serum will be applied. The serum helps to soothe the skin and promote healing.
There is no downtime associated with microneedling, though your skin may be slightly red and sensitive for a few hours after the procedure. You should avoid wearing makeup for at least 24 hours and exposure to the sun for at least 48 hours.
Microneedling is a safe and effective procedure for all skin types that can be used to treat both shallow and deep acne scars. In general, people who are good candidates for microneedling:
If you're interested in microneedling for acne scars, we recommend that you schedule a consultation with a professional. They will be able to assess your skin and determine if microneedling is the right treatment for you.
Acne scars can be embarrassing and make you feel self-conscious. If you've been looking for a way to improve the appearance of your skin, then microneedling may be just what you've been looking for. Book a consultation today!
Have more questions about microneedling for acne scars? Contact Lyft Medical Aesthetics today to discuss your needs!