Microneedling, also called Collagen Injection Therapy, is well documented for use in skin rejuvenation, scar management, stretch marks and hair loss.
Acne scarring is a distressing condition. Facial scarring is always a challenge to treat and the different treatment options have tended to be effective in some situations, can cause considerable side effects, and longer downtime, which interfere with daily life.
Scar treatments have included surgical excision, laser resurfacing, dermabrasion, chemical peels, fat transfer and dermal fillers each provide inconsistent outcomes, and complications. No single treatment has been shown to be completely effective for acne scars. Today, microneedling is a well supported option for pitted and sunken atrophic acne scars. Atrophic acne scars are scars where the healed skin surface is below the normal skin tissue, and are due to insufficient collagen.
Individual results may vary.
The advantages of microneedling for acne scars include:
- It is an office procedure and is well typically tolerated by patients.
- It is safe for all skin types and is suitable for sensitive and thin skin.
- Little downtime with redness for a day or so.
- Specific scars can be treated with no need to do the entire face or back.
- There is no risk of photosensitivity and minimal to no post treatment hyperpigmentation.
- There is no risk of infection because the small holes made close by themselves immediately after the procedure
- It can be used in difficult to reach areas like the sides of the nose, around the eyes and on the upper and lower lips that are not suitable for laser resurfacing.
The number of microneedling treatments depends on your individual condition. Three to four treatments are recommended for mild to moderate acne scarring. Deeper scars may need five treatments. Treatments are usually 4-6 weeks apart.
Individual results may vary.
Stretch marks are difficult to treat. Our skin is elastic and can stretch out and return to its natural shape. But when the skin is overstretched, it disrupts collagen production and results in stretch marks.
They are commonly caused by pregnancy, weight gain and hormone disorders. Both men and women can be get stretch marks. They are harmless and fade over time. A newer procedure using Platelet- rich plasma (PRP) and microneedling may help to significantly improve the appearance of stretch marks. The tiny micro injuries created by microneedling stimulate collage production can heal these tears in the deep layers of the skin. This may improve the color and texture of these marks.
Androgenic Alopecia is common male and female baldness. Typically, women will experience diffuse thinning all over the scalp while men have distinct patterns of baldness. In both instances it is caused by male hormones. In women, androgenic alopecia can also be caused by ovarian cysts, birth control pills, pregnancy and menopause. Heredity also plays a role.
If you are frustrated with the loss of your crowning glory, microneedling treatments may be an effective solution. Microneedling combined with PRP may provide a better experience. PRP plus microneedling may be ideal because microneedling allows the penetration of the plasma rich proteins to penetrate the scalp delivering more than the use of PRP alone. PRP contains natural growth factors and stem cells which when injected into the scalp will stimulate natural hair growth. PRP and microneedling can be combined with medications like Minoxidil as well.
If you wonder whether microneedling can help you, give us a call and schedule a consultation. We will evaluate your concerns, and formulate a treatment plan individualized for your needs. Stop wondering and find out!
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