Microneedling for Acne Scars

Acne scarring is common, with 40% of people with acne ending up with scars. Acne scars can diminish self-confidence and self-esteem, making you feel down about yourself and your appearance.

Patients of Laughlin Plastic Surgery in Annapolis, Maryland, can enjoy the benefits of microneedling provided by our expert esthetician, Laura Carroll. It’s a simple, minimally invasive procedure that can minimize the visibility of acne scars and rejuvenate your face.  

Causes of acne scars

Acne scars begin when a pore gets clogged by excess sebum (oil produced by your skin), dead skin cells, and even bacteria. The pimple pops, or is popped, and the result is a small lesion. Some lesions heal perfectly, leaving no scarring. However, other lesions can scar heavily, leaving a dimple of shiny skin at the spot of the infected pore.

Treatments for acne scars

There are many ways to treat acne scarring. You can try facials or masks that help deep clean skin and deliver high-level nutrients to your deeper layers, encouraging cellular turnover. You can go through microdermabrasion, which literally sands away the surface layers of skin and forces skin renewal. However, neither of these options is as effective or provides the same long-term results as microneedling.

Microneedling 101

Microneedling is a minimally invasive procedure that we can complete right here in our office. We use a handheld device with a row of very tiny needles to carefully penetrate the upper layers of skin across the areas of your face with acne scarring. The treatment will feel like tiny prickling, but shouldn't hurt or cause bleeding.

The tiny pinpricks caused by the microneedling device are known as “micro injuries.” Even though they don’t feel like they cause much harm, your body recognizes the microscopic amounts of damage done as a signal to begin regenerative processes. 

Your body quickly goes into “healing mode” and starts making collagen, the building blocks of your skin. The collagen creates new scaffolding just below the top layers of your skin, strengthening it and filling in the shallow depressions left by acne scarring. The process also encourages the creation of new elastin, which adds flexibility and suppleness to your skin. Scars become less shiny and visible, and your entire face will look smother, fresher, and younger once again. 

You’ll notice that your acne scars are much less visible after a few treatments spaced several weeks apart. Over time, your skin layers will become smoother and more even. Pores will look smaller, and you may even notice that hyperpigmentation (skin discoloration) is reduced.  

Are you ready to say goodbye to reminders of teen or adult acne? Call our office to book a consultation today at 410-297-0654.

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