HELP FOR ACNE SCARS: Combining Microneedling and Cosmetic Fillers
With an estimated 50 million people suffering from acne in America, it comes as no surprise that acne scars are one of the most common reasons for people to feel unhappy with their skin. Severe acne can lead to very uneven skin and tonic acne scars that many feel self-conscious about, but there are a range of cosmetic scar therapy treatments available at our Austin spa that can help. Today we’ll take a look at how cosmetic fillers can be used in conjunction with Microneedling to dramatically improve the smoothness of the skin for those suffering from acne scars or a single larger facial scar.
WHAT IS MICRONEEDLING?
Microneedling is the process of puncturing the skin with incredibly fine needles, usually via a roller or specialized mechanical device, in order to stimulate healing and make the surface of the skin smoother. The procedure is also referred to as Collagen Induction Therapy since it stimulates the production of new collagen in the treated areas. Collagen is the building blocks of the skin; and, when tissues are damaged the body produces even more collagen in order to repair itself. By Microneedling acne scars, it is possible to stimulate collagen production in order that new skin grows, thus reducing the appearance of the scars and leaving skin looking smoother and healthier.
HOW CAN A COSMETIC FILLER HELP?
Many cosmetic fillers, including Restylane and Perlane, are formulated with hyaluronic acid, which helps to stimulate the production of collagen. Many people may choose a dermal filler with hyaluronic acid because it helps to naturally plump and smooth the skin as well as physically adding lost volume. When used prior to Microneedling treatments, it can help kick-start the collagen production process in the area and encourage skin to heal faster and more efficiently. This results in a much smoother result than when using Microneedling on its own.
IS COLLAGEN THERAPY REALLY WORTH IT?
Microneedling and cosmetic fillers are both reasonably inexpensive procedures, which is ideal for those who don’t have the budget to accommodate expensive laser treatment for facial scars. Downtime is kept to a minimum, as well; after both Microneedling and cosmetic fillers your skin will feel a little tender and may appear swollen and bruised for one to two days, but recovery won’t prevent you from continuing with your day to day activities.
We recommend having a hyaluronic acid dermal filler at least one month before your first Microneedling treatment to give skin adequate time to heal. However, since fillers can last up to one year you can have repeat Microneedling treatments within the year in order to maximize results.