An unfortunate side effect of acne can be scarring. Additionally, try as you might, however, this is not an issue that can be corrected at home.

This begs the question, “Is microneedling for acne scars permanent?” This procedure is relatively simple and can lead to amazing outcomes!

What Causes Acne Scars?

They develop when inflamed blemishes damage the skin’s deeper layers. For example pimples, cysts, or nodules, As the body attempts to heal the skin, collagen production may be disrupted. This results in scars and the need for microneedling. 

Microneedling 101: A Quick Overview of Treatment

Sometimes called collagen induction therapy, a handheld device containing fine needles is used to create controlled micro-injuries in the skin. This process stimulates the production of collagen, a vital protein necessary for healthy, supple skin. 

As collagen rebuilds, the skin’s texture improves which diminishes the appearance of scars. Consequently, over time, your skin becomes smoother and more evenly toned.

Are Acne Scars All Microneedling Can Treat?

Not at all! All of the following can be addressed:

  • Dull complexion
  • Enlarged pores
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Rough texture
  • Scars from surgery or injury
  • Stretch marks
  • Sun damage
  • Uneven skin tone

How Many Sessions Do I Need for Great Results?

This depends on the severity of your scarring and the desired outcomes. Mild to moderate scars may require three to six sessions spaced four to six weeks apart, while severe scars might need up to 12 sessions. The final microneedling outcome may take up to six months to appear.

Is Microneedling for Acne Scars Permanent?

Your skin is tissue that is continually transforming. While the reduction of acne scars can be quite dramatic, they may not last forever. Duration varies depending on factors such as scar severity, skin type, and individual response to treatment. 

Results can last months to years. Be sure to follow the advice of your provider regarding how often to schedule maintenance sessions. 

Is Treatment Safe for All Skin Types?

Yes, microneedling is considered safe for all skin types, but you should schedule a consultation with a reputable provider to make sure it is suitable for you. 

The procedure is not recommended for people with a tan, sunburn, active acne, skin infection, or those who have taken (or are taking) acne medication called isotretinoin. 

Additionally, individuals who heal slowly, have raised scars known as keloids, or are undergoing skin cancer treatment in the targeted area should avoid treatment.. 

What Can I Do to Prevent Acne Scars?

Now that you have an answer to your question, “Is microneedling for acne scars permanent,“ let’s take a look at what you can do to prevent them. Here are five proactive measures you can take to prevent scarring from acne:

  • Early treatment: Treat acne promptly to reduce inflammation and prevent deep lesions that are more likely to scar. Use over-the-counter or prescription treatments containing ingredients like retinoids, salicylic acid, or benzoyl peroxide to manage acne and promote skin renewal. In the event your at-home efforts do not work, seek medical guidance from a board-certified dermatologist, and do not try microneedling at home
  • Gentle cleansing: Use a mild cleanser twice daily to keep your skin clean without aggravating acne.
  • Not picking: Refrain from picking, squeezing, or popping pimples as this increases the risk of scarring.
  • Sun protection: Protect your skin from sun damage by using sunscreen daily.
  • Hydration: Keep your skin hydrated with a non-comedogenic moisturizer to maintain skin barrier function and prevent excessive dryness. Drinking plenty of water helps too!

Turn to Dr. Marjan Yousefi for Safe and Effective Acne Scar Treatment!

There are multiple types of acne scars, all of which can impact your self-esteem. Contact us at 703-255-5070 to book your appointment with Dr. Yousefi for personalized solutions to happy, healthy skin you can love!

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