Acne is a frustrating dermatologic condition that affects millions of teens and adults. Because the emotional and social effects of severe acne are well-known, there has been a sense of urgency in the medical field to find solutions that work quickly to soothe irritated skin before scarring occurs. This isn’t always possible, which can feel like bad news. But there is also good news: treatments like microneedling can reduce the appearance of acne scars without downtime or extended treatment times.
Why Acne Scars Occur
We are often led to believe that a person gets acne scars because he or she has picked or popped the pimples that have developed on their face or another area. This isn’t necessarily the whole story. A lot of the scarring that occurs with moderate to severe acne is the result of a natural inflammatory response that is spurred by the overgrowth of bacteria within skin follicles. Bacteria become trapped by oil and debris, leading the immune system to jump into action to heal the affected area. What is intended as a healing response, due to intensity, actually has a negative effect on the appearance of the skin.
Microneedling to the Rescue
Historically, acne scars have been relatively difficult to treat. Scars that were depressed may be minimized with injections of a dermal filler product, but results of this treatment are temporary. A newer option that is showing promising results is collagen-induction through microneedling. This skin-saving technique is not new. In fact, microneedling began as a home treatment conducted with a roller containing dozens of tiny needles. Now, microneedling has become automated for greater control and more efficient due to performance in the clinical setting.
Professional microneedling is adjustable to the perfect depth based on the desired outcome and nature of a person’s skin. The penetration of the skin by ultra-fine needles stimulates a gentle healing response through which new collagen and elastin are produced across the treatment area. The regeneration of fresh new skin cells follows a healthier, more nourished path, which translates into brighter, clearer, smoother skin. For optimal results, as many as 3 treatments may be performed, each scheduled 6 to 8 weeks apart. After the initial series, many patients continue upkeep with annual touch-ups.
Learn about the extensive benefits of microneedling treatments. Schedule your visit in our La Casita or Sonterra office. You can also reach us by phone at(210) 692-3000 for La Casita and(210) 370-9995 for Sonterra.