Acne is most common in the second and third decade of life, though it is also seen later in life. Many patients have mild acne. Though bothersome at the time, it rarely cause any long term issue.
However, after moderate to severe acne, also called cystic acne or nodular acne, scar may be left behind even once the acne is completely gone.
Even when using make up to cover the scars they can often still be seen as an irregular skin surface and they can be pretty stubborn to deal with. However, Microneedling seems to be the answer to many patients’s fight with acne scars. Microneedling is also called Collagen Induction Therapy as that is one of the major effect of the treatment – the production of collagen!
There are studies showing clear benefit of using Microneedling treat post-acne scars. In study the conclusion was: Multiple minimally invasive sessions of skin microneedling are an effective treatment for post-acne atrophic scars as it stimulates the repair processes with the advantage of being a relatively risk-free, in-office procedure with minimal patient recovery time.
The study also showed improvement one month after starting the treatment and significant improvement 3 months after the course, thus at 6 months after the start.
Procedure Microneedling for (post) acne scars
When you come for treatment we will check for any signs of infection or inflammation. If your skin is ready for doing medical skin needling, we’ll then apply a numbing cream. After 45-60 minutes the numbing cream is removed and the treatment area is clean.
With our advanced dermapen we’ll adjust the depth of the needles according to the severity of your scars and the location of the scars. The microneedling itself takes around 10-20 minutes depending on the extent of the scars. The area is then clean. From patient to patient we may recommend using an antibiotic ointment, a moisturiser, a gold mask or nothing.
Number of sessions depend on the severity of the scars. We recommend 5-8 treatments at 2-4-6 weeks interval.
What to expect after medical skin needling for acne scars
After procedure you may have some erythema or redness. Usually that will disappear in 24 hours while in some cases it may even take up to 48 hours. As always with trauma to the skin it’s important that exposure to sunlight or UV radiation is minimised. For people with a fair skin colour we recommend using SPF50 and with a darker complexion SPF30 would be sufficient.
The day after the procedure you may clean your face as usual and apply make up. No use of exfoliants or glycolic acids.
In the following days you may have some skin dryness and flaking due to increased cell turn over in the skin. Your skin may shed in the days thereafter.
One week after Micro needling for acne scars your skin will usually be smoother and more radiant.
After around one month patients would normally start noticing a change in the appearance of the acne scars. However, the treatment should be continued as advised by the clinic. Usually the course is completed in 3-4 months. As it takes time for the skin to produce more collagen it can take up to 3 months after the treatment to see the effect of the procedure.
What to do next?
If acne scars are a concern for you, then it’s very likely we’ll be able to reduce the scars considerably. To have an assessment specifically dealing with your situation we recommend you call 03211554554 to set up a consultation.
Our doctors will evaluate your scars and present a treatment plan to reduce your scars. We’ll also go through the pros and cons of the various options and help you reach an informed decision on the way forward.