Did your teen years literally leave you scarred? Acne scars affect both men and women and are the unfortunate leftover product of this unsightly skin condition. Almost all adults who had moderate to severe acne are left with visible evidence of it.
If your acne scars are on your face where everyone can see them, you may not feel confident in social or work settings. Studies show that acne and leftover scars can cause low self-esteem, depression, and anger. It’s not surprising that you may feel anxious every time you leave the house.
If you’re tired of seeing those disfiguring scars on your face, neck, or shoulders, it’s time to take action to transform those pockmarks and start looking at smoother, silkier skin. When you see the results, you may notice an immediate surge in your self-confidence and self-esteem. Changing your facial appearance can in some cases literally change your life, as you may take advantage of new opportunities that you might have eschewed previously.
Sherri Casey, MD, at Northshore Skincare in Covington, Louisiana, understands the psychosocial effects of acne and acne scars. She uses radiofrequency microneedling to treat acne scars and sees great patient satisfaction with the results. During your appointment with Dr. Casey, she’ll show you before and after photos of patients who have had these treatments.
What is radiofrequency microneedling?
Microneedling is a minimally invasive procedure that can improve the surface of skin with blemishes, including acne scars. The technique works best on depressed scars that appear as craters on your skin. If Dr. Casey recommends microneedling for your acne scars, she’ll be using the latest technology that gives you the best results; it’s called radiofrequency microneedling.
Radiofrequency (RF) microneedling uses heat energy that moves through tiny needles which make microscopic injuries to the skin at a specific depth deeper than regular microneedling can achieve. Think of a series of tiny pinpricks. The procedure stimulates the production of new collagen, the important protein contained in skin cells that keeps skin soft and supple.
Radiofrequency microneedling isn’t painful because Dr. Casey applies a topical anesthetic to your skin prior to the treatment. You’ll only experience very mild discomfort.
What does the research say about radiofrequency microneedling for acne scars?
Reputable research studies included in the National Institutes of Health’s National Library of Medicine conclude that microneedling results in “noticeable clinical improvement” in acne scars and a statistically significant rise in the amount of collagen present in the skin. An analysis of thirty-three peer reviewed studies concludes that microneedling improves acne scars.
How many microneedling sessions do I need?
Dr. Casey advises you on the number of treatments based on the condition of your skin. You may need three or four treatment sessions for moderate acne scars and maybe one or two more for severe acne scars. You’ll see some redness and swelling after the procedure, but compared to chemical peels and other treatments for skin blemishes, your recovery is quick.
How long does it take to see final results from microneedling?
While you’re healing, you’ll see a difference in the skin where your scars are. You’ll see final results about three months after RF microneedling treatment.