As a dermatologist, I often see patients seeking solutions for acne scars. While acne itself can be frustrating, the lingering scars can impact your confidence long after the breakouts have cleared. Microneedling has become a popular option for addressing acne scars, and for good reason. Let’s explore how it works and if it’s right for you.

Microneedling Explained

Microneedling, also known as collagen induction therapy, is a minimally invasive procedure that involves creating controlled micro-injuries in the skin. This triggers the body’s natural healing response, which includes increased collagen and elastin production. These proteins are essential for maintaining skin structure and elasticity, and boosting their production helps improve the appearance of scars.

Microneedling for Acne Scars

Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery Center uses the SkinPen® by Bellus Medical which is the first microneedling device in the world cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), clinically shown to safely and effectively treat facial acne scars for ages 22 and up. With as few as three non-invasive and affordable treatments spaced 30 days apart, you can improve your appearance and step out with confidence.

Here’s what you can expect:

  • Microneedling sessions are typically performed in an office setting and take about 30 minutes.
  • A topical anesthetic cream is applied to numb the area before treatment.
  • A sterile microneedling device glides across the skin, creating tiny punctures.
  • You may experience some redness and swelling after the procedure, but this usually subsides within a few days.
  • Multiple sessions, spaced 4-6 weeks apart, are typically recommended for optimal results.

Considering Microneedling?

Microneedling offers a safe and effective way to improve the appearance of acne scars. However, it’s not a one-size-fits-all solution. Here are some things to consider:

  • Severity of Scars: Deep or severe scars may require a combination of treatments along with microneedling for best results.
  • Skin Type: Microneedling is generally safe for most skin types, but consult Dr. Monique S. Cohn, DO FAOCD if you have any concerns.
  • Realistic Expectations: Microneedling can significantly improve acne scars, but it won’t completely erase them.

If you’re considering microneedling for acne scars, schedule an appointment online at Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery Center or by calling 330-425-7600. Dr. Cohn can assess your individual needs, discuss your treatment options, and determine if microneedling is the right approach for you.