Will derma pen cause scaring or damage my skin?! (photo)
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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.
Micro-needling for acne scars
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.
Great for Acne Overall
Microneedling with PRP is one of the most effective treatments I have come across in my 10 years in aesthetic medicine. For acne and acne scars especially. I became a believer with my first male patient who did not have a single breakout for 4 months after one session. And another patient of mine, like you with scarring, redness and inflammation as a result of acne. One session did wonders. You will not regret doing it.
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Microneedling for Acne Scars
Thanks for the question and the attached photo! Acne scarring is actually one of the skin issues that microneedling can do. Microneedling sessions can be used to improve your scars’ appearance with very little risk for side effects. That said, microneedling would not give you instantaneous result just after one session. Depending on the actual appearance of your acne scars, you may require three or more treatment sessions with one session given one month after another. Healing process for this is also going to be speedy if coupled with proper skin care management. Breakouts could happen if you have active acne condition since microneedling may spread out bacteria on your face, but even if that is the case, this could be avoided if your doctor will be able to evaluate your skin condition prior to scheduling the microneedling sessions. Your doctor might even discuss a solution to your active acne condition before actually proceeding to doing microneedling treatment sessions. Do not be afraid to inform your doctor if you have active acne so he or she would be able to give you fitting treatment plan. Best of luck to you!
I use dermapen all the time
I DO NOT recommend microneedling at home. Understanding depth and depth signs are something that only dermatologists learn. Microneedling at home can cause scarring, infection, damage to the skin, pigmentation, and a host of other problems.
Microneedling could be the Answer!
Microneedling or a dermapen can help with pitted scars on the face. It works by creating calculated depth incisions on the skin which in turn stimulates elastin and collagen which fill in the scars over time.
Dermapen Risks and Benefits
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.
These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.