There are several different kinds of acne and some are more prone to leave scars than others. Even acne that may not leave a scar may get pushed deep into the dermis or deeper layer of skin when you pinch and poke it trying to reduce its appearance. It’s when the inflammation gets in the dermis that scars may be left behind after the inflammation heals. If you are looking for acne scar treatment in Houston, The Woodlands, or Spring, TX for depressed acne scars, microneedling may be your best option. This treatment is safe and effective for all skin types, including darker skin and thin and sensitive skin. It is also used for people who don’t have scars but want their skin to have a fresh, rejuvenated appearance.
Identifying Acne Scars
There are two main types of acne scars. Atrophic scars are caused by a loss of skin tissue and hypertrophic scars are caused by an excess of tissue. There are four main types of scars that fall within these categories:
- Ice pick – as the name suggests, these scars look like small holes that were punched with an ice pick.
- Hypertrophic – acne scars develop when the skin produces too much collagen and the scar is raised and lumpy. The raised part stays within the boundary of the wound. This type is less common than the others.
- Boxcar – these scars are depressions with deep, vertical sides.
- Rolling – these scars are also depressions but they are wide and shallow and resemble waves.
Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation isn’t actually a scar, but it may be the result of acne lesions. It is very common and may be a large flat area that is red, pink, brown, purple or black according to your skin type. It appears when the skin produces too much pigment called melanin while the acne or other wound is healing. Microneedling in Houston will also remove this skin condition.
To eliminate some acne scars and reduce the appearance of others, professional acne scar treatment is needed. This is available in Spring, TX to residents in Houston and The Woodlands. Home remedies aren’t strong enough because the scars go deep into the skin and over-the-counter remedies may do little except reduce the redness. This is mainly because, in order for a remedy to be sold to the general public, it must be very mild so it doesn’t damage anyone’s skin. This means it may not have enough of the required active ingredient to be effective.
Microneedling in Houston works best to eliminate rolling acne scars that are flat on the surface of the skin. It won’t remove the other types of scars completely but it may reduce the appearance of ice pick and boxcar scars. Microneedling in Houston may also help reduce the appearance of hypertrophic scars that are raised above the surface of the skin.
What Is Acne Scar Treatment in Houston?
Microneedling is a skin resurfacing cosmetic procedure that uses tiny needles on a roller to prick the skin making tiny wounds. The skin immediately increases cellular production and tries to heal these wounds by producing new collagen and elastin. Collagen is a protein that holds the body’s tissue together. It gives skin strength and is primarily found in connective tissue. About 80 percent of the dermis is made up of collagen. Elastin keeps the skin tight and is the substance that makes it bounce back after being stretched. Microneedling treatment in Houston, The Woodlands, and Spring, TX is mainly used on the face to treat scars, large pores and wrinkles, but can be used on other parts of the body.
The treatment is minimally-invasive, which means there is no recovery time needed after each procedure. It is considered safe for most people who are in overall good health. The procedure doesn’t require an anesthetic. It may feel like sandpaper gently being rubbed on your skin. If you prefer, we can treat your skin with a numbing cream first. After the treatment, your skin may feel a bit sensitive and we recommend you wear sunscreen to protect it while it is healing. Along with acne scars, microneedling in Houston may be used to treat:
- Surgical scars
- Burn scars
- Sun damaged skin
- Melisma or dark patches on the skin
- Large pores
- Stretch marks
- Sagging skin
What to Expect
When you visit our specialist in Spring, TX, your acne scars and general skin health will be examined. If you are using topical retinoids, using ibuprofen or other acne medication, you may be asked to stop. If you have current acne breakouts or other open wounds or have had radiation therapy recently, you may not be a good candidate for the treatment. You will also learn more about the treatment and understand realistic outcomes so you will be satisfied with the results.
If it is a good option for treating your acne scars, you will be asked to avoid sun exposure and tanning beds for a few days before your procedure. You should also drink plenty of water for a day or two before your appointment. Don’t wear any makeup to your appointment as your face will be thoroughly cleaned and a numbing cream may be applied. Depending on the size of the area being treated, the procedure may take from 30 minutes to one and a half hour, not counting the time it takes to numb the skin.
Immediately after the acne scar treatment in Spring, TX, your face may look slightly red, but many people go right back to work or continue with their usual daily activities. It is very important to avoid exposure to direct sunlight and not use exfoliants or alcohol-based skincare products for two or three days after the treatment.
You may begin to see the results of the treatment about four weeks after the first treatment. For acne scars we recommend five to eight treatments about four to six weeks apart, depending on the severity of scarring, to get the best results. Since each treatment builds on the previous one, you may continue to see improvement for up to six months after the last treatment.
What about Home Roller Needle Treatments?
Home roller treatments must be manufactured to be safe for any user. Because of this, they are not very effective. Professional needling treatments are performed by our educated staff and certified technicians. The machines we use are state-of-the-art technology and are manufactured for the use of professionals who understand skin care and can give the best possible treatment. The machines are small and can be very precise. We use sterile, single-patient cartridges and very fine surgical needles.
Why You Should Choose Acne Scar Treatment in Houston
Laser facial resurfacing removes the epidermis or upper layer of skin in order to stimulate collagen production. Microneedling in Houston leaves the epidermis intact and does not build up scar tissue. The results are permanent for the removal of certain acne scars.
The needles create tiny holes in the epidermis allowing for topical treatments such as creams or ointments to have direct access to the dermis. We may prescribe topical vitamin C and A as well as other medications that give similar results as a laser treatment without the downtime required for recovery after a laser treatment.
In addition, the type of collagen that micro-needling stimulates is called a basket weave, which is the natural configuration collagen takes in your skin. The collagen created by lasers is called linear collagen and this is how your body naturally produces collagen for scars. This is why lasers create scar tissue. With microneedling, the basic skin structure is preserved and you can have repeated treatments as needed over time.
What about Aftercare?
Our skin specialist will give you complete customized instructions for your aftercare regimen. To make sure you get the best results from your micro needling procedures, you must follow the instructions and guidelines as well as you can. There are a few aftercare instructions that are commonly prescribed, including:
- Do not immediately return to your normal skin care routine
- Keep the treated area clean and hydrated. Our specialist will recommend the right products for your skin type, which may include an antioxidant serum, collagen-stimulating peptides and a chemical-free sunscreen.
- Avoid makeup, sunbathing, tanning beds, swimming, facial scrubs or strenuous workouts for at least 72 hours after each treatment.
A quick look at the benefits:
- Minimally-invasive means very little downtime
- It is suitable for areas around the eyes
- It has a reduced risk of hyperpigmentation
- It is suitable for sensitive skin
- It permanently removes rolling acne scars and reduces the appearance of other types of acne scars
- It is done in our office in Spring, TX near Houston and The Woodlands
- It is suitable for any skin tone
What Are the Causes of Acne Scars?
Some acne scars form on their own because the inflammation is deep in the dermis of the skin. Papules, pustules and cysts are the types of acne that usually leave a scar. Blackheads and whiteheads form on the surface of the skin and if they are left alone to heal, they usually don’t leave a scar. If you try to pinch or pop them, you can push the pus into the dermis.
Pimples occur when a hair follicle or pore becomes blocked with dead skin cells and excess oil called sebum that is naturally produced by your skin, which is mixed with the bacteria that is already on your face. As the inflammation grows it may burst the cell and infect the dermis. These wounds are minor and heal quickly, but if there is a break in the follicle wall deep in the skin the infection spreads to healthy tissue. This is the beginning of a scar. To heal this wound, the skin produces the collagen we mentioned earlier.
Whether you are 15 or 50, if you have scarring left behind from acne inflammations, there is a chance you can have smooth skin again. When you visit Blair Med Spa in Spring, TX, you can ask all of your questions about acne scar treatment and learn if micro needling is your best option. Contact us today to schedule your consultation!