Microneedling for Scars: What to Expect

If past acne or injuries have left lingering scars on your face, you should consider the benefits of minimally invasive microneedling.

At Balcones Dermatology & Aesthetics, we offer in-office microneedling services to minimize the appearance of scars and enhance the health and beauty of your skin.

Board-certified dermatologist David A. Bushore, MD, provides you with a personalized skin evaluation to determine if microneedling is right for you. If you're a candidate, our aestheticians can use microneedling to treat scars, fine lines, wrinkles, and other common skin flaws.

Why you have scars

A scar forms when skin grows over a wound. The look of a scar depends on how deep the wound is and the length of time it takes to heal. Age also plays a role in the healing process.

The most common type of scars we treat with microneedling:

Acne scars

Acne can damage the deep layers of your skin causing the skin to sink and form depressions or pit-like scars.

If you’re bothered by the appearance of your scars, you can schedule a skin consultation with board-certified dermatologist David A. Bushore, MD, to learn how microneedling can work for you.

The process of microneedling

Microneedling is a minimally invasive procedure that harnesses the power of your body’s ability to heal itself. Our aestheticians use the Micropen® EVO by Eclipse, an FDA-approved device that treats scars and helps improve skin health.

Treatment involves using the Micropen® to create micro-injuries in the depressed scars. The micro-injuries then trigger your body to produce new collagen to fill in the depressed scars. Microneedling also helps break down excessive scar tissue to minimize its appearance on your skin.

The new collagen will also help restore the youthful vibrancy of your skin, and it will help make your skin smoother and firmer.

Enhancing the benefits of microneedling treatments

As part of your microneedling treatment, we may also recommend using topicals to boost the benefits of your treatment. 

Our aesthetic team can also use platelet-rich plasma (PRP), a substance found naturally in your blood. Platelet-rich plasma contains important growth factors that can help your skin heal more efficiently after microneedling. To get the PRP, we first draw some of your blood into a tube that contains an ingredient to activate the 17 different growth factors in your platelets. This tube is put in a centrifuge to separate the platelets from the rest of your blood's components. Then, the platelet serum is applied to your microwounds to boost healing.

In some cases, a customized chemical peel can be applied to the open microchannels that form after your microneedling procedure.

You don’t have to be embarrassed by visible scars from acne or injuries any longer. To learn more, book an appointment online or over the phone with Balcones Dermatology & Aesthetics today.

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