Patients in Mississauga discover the benefits of treatment of acne scars with microneedling
Acne can leave a lasting impact beyond the initial breakouts. Some acne can cause damage to the skin or scarring which adds to the patient’s stress. Thankfully, there are options to improve the skin’s appearance. Located in Mississauga, the team at DermCare treats and rejuvenates the skin. With several treatment options available, patients of all ages and skin types can achieve healthy, glowing skin. For patients plagued by the effects of acne, DermCare offers the treatment of acne scars with microneedling for skin rejuvenation.
Causes of scar formation
Generally, any type of acne can cause scarring, especially if patients pop breakouts. However, cystic acne is the most common cause of permanent acne scarring. Males, both teenagers, and adults are more often affected by cystic acne, but women are also susceptible. Cystic acne develops as large, painful spots on the face, back, chest, shoulders, and arms.
Scars are often the result of trauma to the skin. For acne patients, when a pimple pops, the bacteria and dead cells within the pimple spread across and under the skin. Popping pimples does not make the breakout better. In fact, it makes the problem worse. The spread of bacteria can create infections and larger lesions. Then, the body’s repair system kicks in by stimulating collagen production to correct the damage. This natural response system is great. However, the new collagen and tissue produced may be a different texture than the current skin. This causes the appearance of scars.
When scars form, they often fall into the following categories:
- Ice pick scars – Usually found on the cheeks, ice pick scars are deep, narrow holes or hollows in the skin.
- Boxcars – Boxcars are round or oval depressions with sharp edges.
- Rolling scars – Infected areas of the skin may lead to rolling scars that have a wavy appearance.
- Hypertrophic – Scars that are raised above the skin are the result of excess collagen production.
- Atrophic – When collagen or tissue is lost, depressions form in the skin. These are atrophic scars.
Treatment of acne scars with microneedling
Every scar is unique. Scars vary from patient to patient and even from scar to scar. The age, size, shape, thickness, and color of each scar make it different. The same treatment may not work for every patient. For some patients, a single therapy shows significant improvement in the texture and color of the scar. For others, a combination or series of treatments may be needed to achieve optimal improvement. During a consultation, a dermatologist can determine the most appropriate treatment for your skin type and scars. Microneedling is one possible treatment for acne scars.
Microneedling has increased in popularity due to its overall skin care and aesthetic advantages. Also called skin needling or collagen induction therapy, this procedure is used to treat acne scars, lines, wrinkles, and stretch marks. Medical technology has improved in recent years making the procedure gentler, relatively painless, and more effective.
As a minimally invasive procedure, microneedling promotes collagen and elastin production. The procedure uses a cartridge containing several sterile, fine tip needles in a motorized pen. The treatment can be individualized for each patient. The speed and depth of the needles are controlled based on skin type, texture, and thickness. The needles pierce the skin triggering collagen and elastin as the skin heals itself.
Benefits of microneedling
Microneedling produces similar effects as Fraxel laser treatments. Both treatments cause trauma to the upper layer of the dermis forcing the skin’s response system to kick in and heal itself. However, the treatments rely on different methods to create trauma causing the skin to heal differently. Microneedling has several advantages.
- Laser treatments and microneedling stimulate collagen production. However, the laser creates linear, scar-like collagen. Microneedling produces a basket weave pattern similar to the current skin texture. This gives the skin a natural, smooth appearance.
- Treatment with microneedling leaves the epidermis intact. Patients have less downtime and faster healing.
- Microneedling treats fine lines, wrinkles, and acne scars. The result is improved skin tone and texture. Lax skin can also be treated.
- Patients notice improvement after a single treatment. However, optimal results are found through a series of microneedling sessions.