Will derma pen cause scaring or damage my skin?! (photo)

I have shallow acne scars. I have like 5 main ones. Will it help plump them up? And will this procedure make me break out?

Doctor Answers 3


Micro-needling is an effective treatment for acne scarring. It should greatly improve the look of the scars with very little down time. It does require at least 3 to 6 treatments spaced about one month apart to get optimal results. It can cause things to surface during the healing process but being placed on a good skin care regimen should help between treatments. Thanks for the question and good luck.

Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Micro-needling for acne scars

Medical micro-needling is an excellent treatment to improve acne scarring and can give as good or better results than fractionated laser treatments and at a fraction of the cost! However, micro-needling is much more effective when it is combined with the application of human growth factor serums at the time of the treatment. It works by stimulating the skin to trigger the release of growth factors to create more collagen and elastic fibers, resulting in thicker, healthier looking skin and improvement in the appearance of the acne scars. Shallow acne scars such as yours respond the best to these treatments. It is unlikely that it will make you break out.
In my office, we use the ProCell Therapies system which combines motorized micro-needling with concentrated human growth factor serums made from human stem cells and are seeing excellent results in the treatment of acne scars. The larger sized treatment tips make for faster treatment times with less discomfort. Our patients also use growth factor serums at home after their office treatment.

Mitchell Schwartz, MD
South Burlington Dermatologic Surgeon
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Dermapen Risks and Benefits

Dermapen is an automated mechanical microneedle device which allows the user to control the depth of penetration.  Depending on the number of passes and depth of penetration into the skin the Dermapen can be used as a superficial treatment or can be quite aggressive.  Discussing the desired results and expected downtime before each procedure is necessary to meet expectations.
Dermapen is a medical procedure but can be done by physician extenders such as nurses, physician assistants, or aestheticians.  Medical laws will vary from state to state on how these physician extenders are supervised.  Informed consent should by done prior to any Dermapen procedure.
Patients should ask about the experience of their Dermapen provider.  Dermapen does provide certification via hand on training or online courses.  
Avoiding complications in this type of procedure is best done by ensuring that your provider is experienced, adequately supervised, and is willing to listen to your expectations of both result and downtime.

John L. Burns Jr., MD
Dallas Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 45 reviews

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