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Microneedling, or collagen induction therapy, is a non-invasive cosmetic treatment for improving skin tone and texture. Microneedling treatment can address many skin concerns, including fine lines, enlarged pores, hyperpigmentation, stretch marks, and acne scars. Acne is the most common skin condition in the United States, with up to 50 million Americans affected annually. It is estimated that one in every five individuals affected by acne will develop acne scars. Depressed acne scars are the most common type and form when insufficient new collagen is produced during wound healing. Dermatology experts agree that Microneedling is one of the best non-invasive treatment options for reducing the appearance of depressed post-acne scars. Microneedling is among the most popular acne scar treatment options at Dr. Michele Green’s private dermatology office in NYC.

Many patients have tried to reduce the appearance of acne scarring, from at-home face masks to topical serums. Unfortunately, most acne scars are permanent without cosmetic treatment. Microneedling can improve the appearance of acne scars with a series of treatment sessions. Microneedling treatment is administered with a small handheld device containing tiny needles that are applied to the skin’s surface to stimulate new collagen and elastin production. Collagen and elastin are skin proteins that contribute to youthful, smooth-looking skin. Stimulating new collagen and elastin production essentially “fills in” depressed acne scars. Microneedling is safe for individuals of all skin types and skin tones, successfully smooths the surface of the skin, and reduces the appearance of acne scars with minimal downtime post-treatment. Dr. Green often combines Microneedling with platelet-rich plasma (PRP) to achieve the best cosmetic rejuvenation for her patients.

If you’re frustrated by the appearance of acne scars, board-certified dermatologist Dr. Michele Green in New York is here to help. Dr. Green is an internationally renowned expert in the field of dermatology, with over two and a half decades of experience treating active acne, reducing acne scars, and performing laser treatments, Microneedling, and other non-invasive anti-aging procedures like Botox injections and dermal fillers. Dr. Green is consistently voted one of the best dermatologists in NYC by Castle Connolly, Super Doctors, and New York Magazine for her dedication to her patients and expertise. Whether your skin concern is acne scarring, irregular skin texture, or hyperpigmentation, Dr. Green can help rejuvenate and improve your complexion.

What is Microneedling treatment for acne scars?

Microneedling, also known as collagen induction therapy, is a non-invasive treatment used to reduce the appearance of acne scarring, fine lines, stretch marks, and an array of other skin concerns. This treatment option ultimately delivers controlled trauma to the skin’s surface by applying tiny needles. These microneedles penetrate through the skin’s epidermis and, in turn, induce the skin’s natural healing process. This stimulates new collagen and elastin production, improving skin tone and texture. Unlike invasive plastic surgery procedures, Microneedling treatment effectively provides skin rejuvenation without discomfort or extensive recovery time. It’s an innovative method for improving skin conditions on various skin types. It has been proven to actively increase the production of collagen in Fitzpatrick skin types I, III, and VII, according to a pivotal study published in the US National Institute of Health (NIH; J Clin Aesthet Dermatol. 2015 Jul; 8(7): 36–42).

How does Microneedling help acne scars?

Microneedling devices contain tiny needles that make pin-pricks in the top layer of skin. When these microneedles puncture the skin, the controlled trauma helps promote new collagen production. Replenishing collagen in the areas affected by acne scars reduces the pre-treatment damage from acne, promoting skin texture rejuvenation. Most patients require a short series of microneedling treatment sessions to achieve optimal rejuvenation results; each spaced approximately 4 weeks apart. Microneedling treatment can also be enhanced by combining it with rejuvenating or restorative topical serums. The absorbency of such serums is enhanced through the newly created microchannels in the skin. Vitamin-C Serum and other de-pigmentation solutions are great additions for reducing facial hyperpigmentation, as well as platelet-rich plasma treatment (PRP) for general skin rejuvenation.

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Microneedling before and after – 6 months

Is Microneedling good for acne scarring?

When patients ask, “Is Microneedling good for acne scars,” the answer is yes! Microneedling is often used as an anti-aging treatment to address skin concerns such as fine lines, wrinkles, enlarged pores, and dullness, but it can also be used to help treat acne scarring. There are several different types of acne scars, including boxcars, rolling, and icepick scars. The best acne scar treatment for an individual is dependent upon the types of scars present, their skin tone, skin type, and general skin condition. The best way to determine which acne scar treatments will benefit you most is by consulting a board-certified dermatologist, such as Dr. Michele Green in NYC. Dr. Green is a world-renowned expert in cosmetic dermatology with over 25 years of experience providing some of the world’s most discerning individuals with the most cutting-edge treatment options, including for acne scars. When you consult with Dr. Green at her private dermatology office in Manhattan’s Upper East Side, she will work with you to develop a customized treatment plan that best suits your needs.

Is Microneedling worth it for acne scars?

Atrophic acne scars are scars that take the form of depressions or dents in the skin. This type of acne scar results from collagen loss within the skin. Therefore, we turn to methods to replace this lost collagen to treat this kind of acne scar. Microneedling is one of the non-invasive treatment options Dr. Green recommends for reducing this type of acne scarring. Additionally, skin needling is often combined with dermal fillers to replenish lost volume within the skin and further reduce the appearance of atrophic acne scars or fine lines. Patient satisfaction for acne scar reduction through Microneedling is quite high, as there is no discomfort, negligible downtime, its accessibility, and consistently significant improvement in the skin’s overall complexion with glowing and radiant results. Patients with acne scars, particularly atrophic acne scars, find that Microneedling provides them with smoother and healthier skin, making the process of having Microneedling absolutely worth it!

What is the process of Microneedling treatment?

If you want to eliminate acne scars, fine lines, or stretch marks, Microneedling treatment could be the best option. You will start with a consultation with Dr. Green, where the two of you will discuss the best course of treatment and your aesthetic goals. During the consultation, it is important to disclose if you have active acne breakouts, experience rosacea or eczema, or have other medical conditions. Dr. Green will review all past medical and cosmetic history and determine if Microneedling is the best course of treatment for you.

When you arrive for your appointment, the Microneedling procedure itself will only take about 15 minutes. You will be prescribed a topical numbing cream to apply at home to the treatment area one hour before your scheduled appointment to minimize any potential discomfort. The Microneedling is performed using a small, hand-held device with tiny needles that sweep over the selected areas of your skin. These small pinpricks encourage the production of collagen and improve the appearance of your acne scarring. Following the Microneedling, Dr. Green may apply a solution such as platelet-rich plasma (PRP) or Vitamin-C serum to stimulate the recovery process further. Microneedling can also be combined with other treatments, such as dermal fillers, which help to create more volume in the face and further reduce the appearance of fine lines or acne scars. Alternatively, Dr. Green may suggest treating with radiofrequency lasers, such as Vivace or eMatrix lasers, to help treat acne scarring. This unique combination approach, developed by Dr. Green, will help improve the elasticity and firmness of your skin.

What is the best skincare to combine with Microneedling?

The best skincare products to combine with Microneedling are hyaluronic acid and sunscreen. Hyaluronic acid can hold up to 1000x its weight in water and attracts moisture to the skin for much-needed hydration. Hyaluronic acid also works to plump the skin and temporarily smooth out fine lines and wrinkles. Sunscreen is an essential part of the skincare routine after any Microneedling procedure, as the skin in the treated area will be more sensitive to the sun. A broad-spectrum sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 50 is best for maximum sun protection. When you consult with Dr. Green for Microneedling treatment, she will create a treatment plan to achieve and maintain ideal results, including instructions for skincare products.

What are the best serums to use with Microneedling?

A key feature of Microneedling is that it creates microchannels along the skin’s surface, allowing topical skincare products to be more readily absorbed. Using the right serums after a microneedling procedure will allow for the effects of the session to be enhanced further. Hyaluronic acid is an excellent serum for microneedling. This ingredient is a powerful humectant that provides essential hydration to the skin. Dr. Green’s Hydra Repair from her MGSKINLABs skincare line is specially formulated with a high concentration of hyaluronic acid to restore much-needed moisture to the skin during recovery. For individuals with pigmented acne scars, Dr. Green may recommend adding a depigmentation serum to maximize the benefits of the microneedling procedure.

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Before & After photo of patient with PRP, V-beam and Microneedling treatment

What is the aftercare for Microneedling?

Microneedling is a very safe, non-invasive procedure, so there is essentially no downtime following the treatment. The lack of downtime is why many patients are drawn to microneedling over other, more invasive procedures. Patients can immediately return to their regularly scheduled activities because no recovery time is needed after the procedure. On the day of the Microneedling treatment, you may experience some redness and irritation on the skin that should go away within a day or two. The risk of side effects other than slight irritation to the skin is minimal. The pricks created by Microneedling are small and will close soon after the procedure, so the risk of infection is extremely low.

However, it is important to note that your skin will be very sensitive to the sun following the Microneedling treatment. Dr. Green strongly recommends that you limit sun exposure and wear sunscreen when you go outside. In addition, discontinue any retinoids, retinol, alpha hydroxy acid creams, or exfoliating products for one week after Microneedling. Regularly using a gentle cleanser, Vitamin C serum, moisturizer, and sunblock will allow the skin to heal and promote facial rejuvenation.

What are the side effects of Microneedling?

As Microneedling is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure, there are very few side effects. Common side effects from microneedling include mild eythema, dryness, flaking, and pinpoint bleeding. These side effects resolve on their own within a few days of the treatment session. If Microneedling is performed by an inexperienced or unqualified provider or performed in a non-medical setting, more severe side effects can occur, including hyperpigmentation, scarring, and skin discoloration. In order to avoid unwanted or adverse side effects, it is essential to seek Microneedling treatment from a board-certified dermatologist such as Dr. Michele Green. Dr. Green has over two and a half decades of experience providing her patients with the most innovative cosmetic treatments, including traditional Microneedling and PRP Microneedling.

How long should a microneedle be for acne scars?

The microneedles used during the microneedling process vary in size and range between 0.25mm and 3mm in length. To treat acne scars or other types of scars, the microneedles are typically 1.5mm to 2mm in length. The length of the microneedle used may vary based on your skin type, concerns, and severity of acne scarring.

How many Microneedling sessions are needed for the best results?

The number of microneedling sessions needed to reduce acne scars varies depending on the severity and size of the scars being treated. In general, the Microneedling approach is designed to reduce the skin’s natural “memory” of scarring and rejuvenate the skin without creating any scar formation or tissue damage. The ability to rewire this “memory” process also helps Microneedling treat age spots, melasma, and mild hyperpigmentation. To fully refresh the skin’s surface, this process typically requires several Microneedling sessions. Typically, Dr. Green will recommend six Microneedling sessions to reduce the appearance of acne scarring, but of course, this varies depending on the skin condition of each individual patient. When you first meet with Dr. Green for a consultation, the two of you will work together to determine the treatment plan that is right for you.

How soon will I see the results from microneedling?

After the Microneedling treatment, you may start to see some improvements right away, though, for the most part, the collagen production and healing process occurs gradually. You will see more improvements in the weeks after the Microneedling and even more after each follow-up treatment session. Dr. Green recommends at least three Microneedling sessions spaced one month apart, with maintenance sessions scheduled every six months for the best cosmetic results. More treatment sessions may be indicated for deeper acne scars and may be done in conjunction with other cosmetic treatments such as chemical peels, dermal fillers, or laser rejuvenation. After having Microneedling treatments, your acne scars will not come back. As part of the natural aging process, you may lose some volume over time, making residual acne scars somewhat more noticeable. However, your Microneedling treatments will make your skin smoother in the long term.

How often should you microneedle for acne scars?

On average, Dr. Michele Green recommends 4 to 6 treatments for acne scars. Additional treatment sessions may be necessary depending on the depth of these scars. If there is significant collagen and volume loss, Dr. Green often combines Microneedling with subcision and dermal fillers. Patients safely undergo Microneedling for acne scarring once every 4-6 weeks. You will need to wait at least four weeks to ensure that the skin has healed and the process of new collagen stimulation has started. Dr. Green will work with you to determine the optimal treatment for you, depending on your cosmetic needs and type of acne scars.

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How many RF Microneedling treatments for acne scars?

The number of radiofrequency Microneedling treatment sessions required to reduce the appearance of acne scars will ultimately depend on the severity of the acne scarring. Patients undergoing radiofrequency Microneedling treatment with mild acne scars or skin discoloration from acne typically require approximately three treatment sessions, each spaced about one month apart. Patients with moderate to severe acne scars tend to require additional treatment sessions. When you consult with Dr. Green at her private dermatology office in Manhattan’s Upper East Side, she will physically assess the treatment area and work with you to determine how many radiofrequency Microneedling treatment sessions will be required to reduce your acne scars and provide you with long-lasting smooth, clear, radiant skin.

Does microneedling break up scar tissue?

Yes! The Microneedling device creates microchannels within the skin, which help to stimulate the body’s wound-healing process, break up scar tissue, and stimulate the growth of new, healthy cells. The Microneedling procedure also stimulates the production of collagen and elastin to heal existing scars, including acne scars.

Which skin types are best for Microneedling acne scars? Is microneedling effective for acne scars?

Microneedling is an effective acne scar treatment for all skin types and tones. It relies on the body’s ability to create new collagen to heal pre-existing scars, so skin type does not change the success of the treatment. However, the acne scar and inflammation type are important when determining if Microneedling is right for you. If you have active breakouts, experience rosacea or eczema, or are currently pregnant, Microneedling is unlikely to work for you. In these cases, other non-invasive treatment options that are much more effective are available. During your consultation with Dr. Green in her private dermatology office in the Upper East Side, you’ll have the opportunity to discuss your primary skin concerns and develop a personalized treatment plan that is catered to you and your skin. Dr. Green’s goal is always to provide the most effective, efficient cosmetic treatments for patients that will produce optimal results without involving any downtime.

Does Microneedling get rid of acne scars?

If you’re doubtful about how microneedling treatments work for acne scars, be assured that microneedling is an effective and clinically proven treatment that optimally reduces the appearance of acne scarring. In a study from the NIH, patients who received five Microneedling treatments to treat moderate acne scars experienced improved skin health, measurable scar reduction, and, in some cases, a near-complete disappearance of acne scarring. Patients often combine traditional Microneedling with vitamin C micro-channel infusion or PRP to maximize the effectiveness of this restorative treatment.

Further, when Dr. Green combines micro-needling with other cosmetic treatment options such as Vivace radiofrequency or eMatrix laser, the benefits of Microneedling can be even further enhanced. Radiofrequency energy can be used to improve the elasticity and firmness of the skin and penetrate the dermal layers of skin that may not be treated with Microneedling alone. In addition, these complementary laser treatments will stimulate new collagen production and improve the skin’s tone and texture. These laser treatments are safe and effective in patients of all skin types, including Fitzpatrick types 4 and 5 skin. With a skilled, board-certified dermatologist, such as Dr. Michele Green in New York, Microneedling treatments can be absolutely transformative and eliminate acne scars once and for all.

How much does Microneedling reduce acne scars?

The effects of Microneedling on acne scars will depend on both the depth and type of acne scars present. Microneedling is excellent for reducing atrophic acne scars, which are acne scars that present as depressions or dents. By stimulating collagen production and eliminating scar tissue, Microneedling works to smooth the skin and reduce the appearance of acne scars. Typically, four to six treatments are required to achieve optimal cosmetic results from treatments. Depending on the depth of the scars, additional treatments or a combination of Microneedling with subcision and dermal fillers may be necessary to minimize your acne scars.

Should you have Microneedling if you still have active acne?

No! you should not have Microneedling if you still have active acne. Microneedling over active acne lesions can contaminate the microneedles with acne-causing bacteria. As the microneedles are passed across the face, the bacteria is spread, worsening the breakout. The active acne should first be addressed before undergoing the procedure to minimize the risk of spreading the infection. Additionally, treating the pimples and active acne as soon as possible will prevent the formation of new acne scars on the skin. A board-certified dermatologist such as Dr. Michele Green can help you treat your acne breakouts with various topical or oral medications. Once the breakouts are treated, Dr. Green can perform the Microneedling procedure to correct the acne scars as well as other skin concerns for a smooth, youthful-looking appearance.

Can Microneedling make acne scars worse?

Many patients worry that the trauma caused to the skin during Microneedling procedures can worsen acne scars. Thankfully, properly administered Microneedling will not worsen the appearance of acne scars. The effect of Microneedling on the skin activates the skin’s natural healing processes, making it an excellent way to heal and restore skin with atrophic acne scarring. Other cosmetic skin care treatments may be more effective for those with inflammatory skin conditions or other types of acne scars. However, worsening the appearance of acne scars is not a concern when working with an expert in Microneedling treatment, such as Dr. Green. Properly taking care of the skin post-treatment is a crucial part of microneedling for acne scars. Patients must be very cautious regarding sun exposure throughout the duration of their Microneedling treatment plan, as the skin will be highly sensitive in between sessions. Dr. Green recommends daily hyaluronic acid serum and an SPF 50 sunscreen to avoid any irritation or sun damage in between and post-treatment.

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Do acne scars return after microneedling?

No! Due to its ability to kickstart collagen production in the skin, Microneedling treatment is extremely effective at permanently reducing or eliminating the appearance of atrophic acne scars. Microneedling allows the body’s natural healing processes to lead, which breaks up the damaged skin due to acne scarring and restores elasticity and volume. Most patients experience drastic changes to the appearance of their acne scars that permanently improve the look and feel of their skin.

How much is Microneedling for acne scars?

The cost of Microneedling depends upon each individual patient’s skin condition and aesthetic goals. The total cost of Microneedling also varies depending on the size of the treatment area, the expertise of your dermatologist, and the number of treatment sessions needed to clear acne scarring. The average cost of Microneedling is approximately $600 per session with an experienced dermatologist, such as Dr. Green. There is an increased cost if Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) or a depigmentation solution is incorporated into the Microneedling procedure. The effect of Microneedling treatment on acne scars is permanent and is, therefore, an excellent alternative to more expensive and invasive acne scar removal procedures. Additionally, the risk of potential side effects is greatly reduced when you work with an expert dermatologist, such as Dr. Green, for your Microneedling treatment.

What is the most effective treatment for acne scars?

Often, an active breakout of acne is easier to treat than the appearance of acne scars that have been left behind afterward. That said, effectively reducing the look of acne scarring can take a significant amount of time. Although it may seem daunting to begin acne scar treatments, the good news is that many treatment options can be used to effectively treat acne scars, even to the point that they may no longer be noticeable. In addition to Microneedling / collagen induction therapy, a range of treatment options are suitable for acne scarring. It is often beneficial for patients to take advantage of several treatment modalities since acne can present itself in various forms. Since there are multiple types of acne lesions, and every individual is unique, no two patients will develop scars similarly. Because every patient will experience acne scars differently, there is no singular “best” treatment method for acne scars. Instead, various ways to tackle acne scarring include Microneedling, PRP Microneedling, laser treatment, subcision with dermal fillers, and chemical peels. You can learn more about the types of acne scar treatments available by visiting our main acne section. During your initial consultation with Dr. Green in New York City, you will discuss in depth your medical history, any cosmetic treatments you’ve previously undergone, your primary skin concerns, and your aesthetic goals. Dr. Green will then recommend the optimal treatment or combination of treatments that are best suited to you and your skin so you get the best long-lasting cosmetic results.

What are the causes of acne scars?

Acne is a common medical skin condition that occurs due to clogged pores and inflamed sebaceous glands. Sebaceous glands are the glands in the skin at the base of a pilosebaceous unit that secrete sebum. Sebum is something that is essential to keep the skin healthy and moisturized. However, when the sebaceous glands become inflamed, the bacteria inside the glands multiply quickly, creating excess skin inflammation. This results in a red, inflamed, irritated lesion called acne. Acne scars are caused when the inflamed acne breakout is filled with excess oil, dead skin cells, bacteria, and sebum, which causes the skin tissue to become damaged beyond repair.

Acne scars can range in size from surface area damage to deep damage to the skin tissue. For deeper scarring and delicate skin, it can be impossible for the skin to completely repair itself independently since there is not enough collagen to fix the damage—this lack of collagen results in an atrophic scar when the skin is depressed. The risk of developing acne scarring if you suffer from acne breakouts, is relatively high. Of the approximately 50 million people who have suffered from acne at some point in their lives, about 40% reported developing acne scarring.

What are the different types of acne scars?

There are two main types of acne scars that a patient may develop. Atrophic scars and hypertrophic scars are the two varieties, atrophic being the more common. The two types of acne scars primarily differ in whether the damaged skin appears raised or depressed. Hypertrophic scars create a raised appearance of the affected area due to too much collagen produced in response to the damaged skin tissue. Hypertrophic acne scars, also called keloids, actually tend to be much larger in surface area than the acne breakouts that initially caused them to appear. The second type of scarring that can occur is atrophic acne scars. Atrophic acne scars create a depressed appearance of the affected skin area due to a loss of collagen or the inability to create enough collagen as the breakout resolves and the skin heals itself. Atrophic acne scars typically result from acne pustules or cystic acne, both of which are inflamed and infected with bacteria. When the infected pus covers the skin, it can prevent the skin from healing properly. Microneedling is a treatment best used for atrophic acne scars. Within the category of atrophic scars, three subcategories exist to describe the scar type more accurately. Icepick scars, boxcar scars, and rolling scars are the three types of atrophic acne scars. Dr. Green is an internationally renowned board-certified cosmetic dermatologist, recognized and appreciated worldwide for her holistic approach to treating acne and reducing the appearance of acne scars. Whether you present with atrophic acne scars, hypertrophic acne scars, or post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, Dr. Michele Green in New York City can help.

What are some of the different treatments for acne scars?

Microneedling is just one of many acne scar treatment methods Dr. Green offers as a part of her Upper East Side NYC dermatology practice. Microneedling may be used in conjunction with PRP and Vitamin C serums and other treatment options, such as subcision with dermal fillers like Restylane and Juvederm injections. Other complementary cosmetic treatments for acne scars include chemical peels, HydraFacials, and laser treatments such as Fraxel Dual laser, eMatrix sublative rejuvenation laser, and Vivace RF Microneedling. Chemical peels are used to exfoliate the outer layer of skin and help to produce new skin as the treated area heals. After a chemical peel treatment, acne scar blemishes will be reduced, and the peel also diminishes fine lines and wrinkles, lightens dark spots, and generates smoother, brighter skin. Dr. Green will also recommend appropriate skin care for the home as an adjunct to your breakouts or acne scarring treatment.

Is Microneedling or laser treatment better for acne scars?

Both Microneedling and laser treatments can be used to treat acne scars to a wonderful effect. Microneedling is best for those who do not have active acne breakouts or blemishes and is most effective for treating atrophic acne scars. Lasers, such as the Fraxel laser, eMatrix laser, Vivace, and V-Beam, are also excellent solutions for treating acne scars. Dr. Green often uses these lasers as complementary treatments to Microneedling or Microneedling with PRP.

The eMatrix laser is a resurfacing treatment that uses radiofrequency energy to produce new collagen, smoothing the skin to reduce the appearance of acne scars. This laser provides safe and effective treatment for individuals of all skin tones and produces long-lasting results. The eMatrix laser is best for atrophic acne scars, and generally, five treatment sessions spaced 4 to 6 weeks apart are recommended for optimal results.

The Fraxel laser is a fractionated skin resurfacing laser treatment that stimulates new collagen production within the skin. When used at the 1550nm wavelength, Fraxel laser treatment can diminish the appearance of acne scars as well as fine lines and enlarged pores and improve skin texture. As the Fraxel laser uses fractionated energy, only a portion of the skin is treated at a time, leaving the surrounding skin intact and minimizing the downtime required. Typically, Dr. Green recommends 3 to 5 treatment sessions spaced one month apart for treating acne scars.

Vivace treatment combines microneedling with radiofrequency energy to tighten and rejuvenate the skin. The Vivace device uses tiny, gold-tipped needles that create microchannels along the skin’s surface in addition to delivering radiofrequency energy to the inner layer of the skin to stimulate the production of new collagen. In addition to treating acne scars, Vivace is also effective at minimizing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and pore size to provide a more youthful complexion. Most patients require 3 to 6 treatment sessions spaced one month apart for optimal results.

The V-Beam laser has long been considered the gold standard for reducing the appearance of redness and red acne scars in both inflammatory and noninflammatory acne conditions. It uses pulsed dye technology to target red pigment while leaving the surrounding skin unharmed. In addition to treating red pigmentation, the V-Beam laser also heats the deepest layers of the skin to stimulate the production of new collagen. Most patients require 5 to 6 treatment sessions spaced one month apart.

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Is Microneedling or CO2 better for acne scars?

Microneedling is a non-ablative, non-invasive cosmetic procedure that uses tiny, surgical-grade needles to break up scar tissue and stimulate collagen production to smooth the skin. There are minimal side effects or downtime after your microneedling treatment. Some individuals may experience mild redness and irritation that will resolve on its own within one to two days after treatment. The CO2 laser is an ablative laser treatment that removes the outer layer of skin to boost collagen production for a complete facial resurfacing effect. While the CO2 laser may provide more dramatic results, treatment is associated with serious side effects and downtime. Common side effects include redness, irritation, scabbing, peeling, dryness, and increased photosensitivity. Downtime from CO2 laser can vary between two weeks to six months. To determine whether Microneedling or CO2 laser is best for your acne scars, consult with a board-certified dermatologist such as Dr. Michele Green. Dr. Green has been utilizing the best non-invasive cosmetic procedures to treat her patients for over two and a half decades. She will work with you to create a treatment plan tailored to your specific skin type and acne scars for facial rejuvenation.

Microneedling combined with Platelet-rich Plasma (PRP) treatment

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is an excellent addition to Microneedling to enhance and maximize the results of the procedure. PRP is derived from a sample of a patient’s blood and contains a wealth of natural growth factors and proteins involved in expediting skin healing, promoting circulation, stimulating collagen growth, and accelerating skin regeneration. The PRP is applied topically onto the skin and enters the microchannels created by the Microneedling device, allowing for maximum absorption of the PRP and its enriching growth factors. By enhancing the Microneedling procedure, PRP is able to induce collagen production and promote tissue regeneration to reduce the appearance of and even erase acne scarring. As PRP is derived from a patient’s blood sample, it is 100% safe for all skin types and tones and essentially requires no downtime.

Microneedling combined with dermal fillers

Microneedling can be combined with other in-office treatments for even more dramatic cosmetic results. Atrophic acne scars result from a loss of collagen, leading to skin indentations. Subcision with dermal fillers is an excellent option for breaking up scar tissue beneath the skin’s surface and replacing lost volume that was diminished due to lost collagen. Microneedling and subcision with dermal fillers are complementary cosmetic treatments since subcision can treat skin at greater depths than Microneedling. By replenishing lost volume with dermal fillers and treating the skin’s surface with Microneedling to stimulate new collagen production, Dr. Green can fill the depressed areas of skin affected by acne scars and provide patients with a smooth, firm, refreshed complexion. Dr. Green employs several dermal fillers in her discreet dermatology office in the Upper East Side neighborhood of Manhattan. Some of the different filler products include Restylane, Juvederm, Bellafill, and Sculptra. The dermal filler that Dr. Green selects for your acne scar treatment will ultimately depend on the type, severity, and location of your acne scars and your medical history. The effect of the dermal filler can last for varying lengths of time depending on the amount and type of filler used – anywhere from 6 months to 5 years. While the effects of Microneedling are permanent and do not need to be repeated after the full Microneedling treatment process, dermal filler treatment can be repeated for continued skin rejuvenation.

Microneedling with depigmenting serum for dark acne scars

Since Microneedling creates microchannels within the skin, it is an excellent treatment option for enhancing the absorption of specialized serums. For patients who present with hyperpigmentation, whether it be in the form of melasma, sun spots, or pigmented acne scars, pairing the microneedling treatment with a depigmenting serum provides exceptional results. The depigmenting serum is a unique blend of effective yet gentle skin-brightening agents that work against melanocyte activity in the skin. The result is an even-toned complexion with an observable reduction in hyperpigmentation. Patients enjoy the fact that after their microneedling treatment with depigmenting serum, their skin is more radiant and has a lasting healthy glow. If you are struggling with the appearance of dark acne scars, melasma, sunspots, or post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, consult with Dr. Green regarding Microneedling with depigmenting serum.

Microneedling combined with Vitamin C serum

In addition to dermal fillers and PRP treatment, Vitamin C serum is frequently used in conjunction with Microneedling to boost healing following the treatment process. With its high vitamin C and antioxidant concentration, this serum helps in skin cell renewal and rejuvenation and increases collagen production. Dr. Green will apply this serum to the treatment area following the Microneedling procedure for clearer, smoother, healthier skin. Dr. Green’s MGSKINLABs, INC. products have been carefully developed to give patients the best results from their topical skincare routine. The Vita-C serum provides patients with a high concentration of vitamin C, helping boost new collagen production to smooth away fine lines, wrinkles, and enlarged pores and reduce hyperpigmentation. The serum will result in softer, clearer, brighter skin and enhance the effects of your microneedling treatment.

Dermarolling for treating acne scars

You may have also heard of the at-home Microneedling treatment called derma rolling. Dermarolling is when you use a hand-held roller with many small needles, which you roll across the skin of your face horizontally, vertically, and diagonally. While, in theory, a derma roller is meant to create the same slight trauma to your face as Microneedling at a dermatologist’s office, you must be careful to do it right or risk damaging the skin on your face. As Microneedling is not the best treatment for all types of acne scars, when you use a derma roller at home without consulting a dermatologist, you risk causing damage. It is important to consult with a board-certified dermatologist, such as Dr. Green, to get the highest quality, permanent treatment that is right for your individual needs.

What is better for acne scars, Microdermabrasion or Microneedling?

Initially, Microneedling and microdermabrasion may seem like similar cosmetic treatments. The truth is that the two are very different resurfacing procedures. Microdermabrasion is a treatment that entails the application of exfoliating crystals to the skin. The process removes the surface layers of dead, dull, and discolored skin cells and results in a smoother, brighter, clearer complexion without the need for any downtime. Microneedling, on the other hand, penetrates the epidermis more deeply than microdermabrasion does and induces the natural wound-healing process of the skin by causing controlled injury to the skin. As a result, new collagen and elastin are produced. Microneedling is a suitable treatment for acne scars, textural irregularities, enlarged pores, fine lines and wrinkles, uneven skin tone, dullness, and more. Depending on the severity of a patient’s acne scars and their ultimate cosmetic goals, either microdermabrasion or microneedling may be a good option. The best way to determine which non-invasive cosmetic treatment is better for reducing your particular acne scars is by consulting with board-certified cosmetic dermatologist Dr. Michele Green. Dr. Green has extensive experience treating all forms of acne scars with the most cutting-edge treatments. For patients with acne scars of any skin tone and skin type, Dr. Green will develop a customized treatment plan that is suited to provide optimal results.

Can you microneedle over acne?

No, Microneedling is not recommended for patients with active acne. Acne lesions contain bacteria, and the process of Microneedling over active acne could cause acne-causing bacteria to contaminate the microneedles, spreading infection and worsening the breakout. Patients with active acne who are interested in Microneedling treatment to address other skin conditions, such as fine lines, wrinkles, enlarged pores, acne scars, or hyperpigmentation, should manage breakouts before undergoing the procedure. Treating acne as soon as possible will help to prevent acne scars. Consulting with an experienced board-certified dermatologist, such as Dr. Green in New York City, is the best way to treat breakouts safely, effectively, and quickly. Once the breakouts are under control, Microneedling can be performed to correct other skin concerns and provide rejuvenation.

Can Microneedling cause acne?

It is uncommon to develop acne following a microneedling treatment. However, some individuals who are acne-prone may experience a breakout following their Microneedling treatment. Suppose microneedling treatment is performed in an area that is actively broken out or infected. In that case, it is possible that the bacteria could be spread via the microneedles to the rest of the treated area. In addition, the microneedles used during the microneedling treatment are designed to create controlled, open punctures that may allow naturally occurring skin bacteria to enter the skin, potentially causing a breakout. It is also important that the treatment area is properly prepared and sterilized before the Microneedling procedure, as the risk of developing active acne or infection increases if it is not.

How does Microneedling help acne?

Microneedling offers a host of skin benefits and can be used to target skin concerns such as fine lines, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, acne scars, stretch marks, and more. Microneedling does not, however, help treat active acne lesions or breakouts. Before undergoing any Microneedling treatment, it is recommended that any active acne, skin infection, or inflammatory skin condition, such as eczema, be treated. Performing Microneedling with an active skin condition like this may exacerbate symptoms and cause further skin irritation. If you are struggling with an active skin condition and are interested in Microneedling treatment, schedule a consultation with Dr. Michele Green at her private dermatology office in Manhattan’s Upper East Side neighborhood. Dr. Green is a world-renowned expert in the field of cosmetic dermatology and will provide you with a unique combination of in-office cosmetic procedures, specially formulated skincare products, and any necessary prescriptions to manage your skin condition and achieve smooth, clear, healthy skin that lasts.

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Why choose a dermatologist for your Microneedling treatments?

Acne scars can be a frustrating reminder of an annoying or painful breakout, and they are often even more difficult to treat than the acne itself. When you have treatment for acne scars, you want to be sure that the treatments you undergo will be the most effective for you and your skin, ensuring that you get long-lasting cosmetic results. To get the best acne scar treatment results and eliminate the potential risks associated with some of the modalities, it’s important to have treatment with a medical professional with the experience and expertise to safely and efficiently perform your treatments. Dr. Michele Green is an internationally renowned board-certified cosmetic dermatologist based in New York City, with over 25 years of experience treating some of the most discerning men and women worldwide for acne and acne scars. Dr. Green practices the latest techniques, as she is at the forefront of the field of dermatology, to give you the best cosmetic results.

At-home derma roller treatments

At-home derma roller treatments have become a popular option for many individuals due to their affordability compared to Microneedling treatments. Dermarolling involves rolling a hand-held derma roller with tiny needles across the face in various directions. At-home derma rollers are thought to provide the same benefits as microneedling – however, using a derma roller involves the risk of causing damage to the skin. Microneedling is not the best treatment for all acne scars, and using a derma roller improperly can risk causing damage. It is best to consult with a board-certified dermatologist such as Dr. Green to ensure that you are receiving a safe and effective treatment that is suited to your specific skin concerns and type.

How to get started with Microneedling for acne scars today?

Microneedling, or collagen induction therapy, is a non-invasive cosmetic treatment for improving skin tone and texture. Microneedling treatment can address many skin concerns, including fine lines, enlarged pores, hyperpigmentation, stretch marks, and acne scars. It is estimated that one in every five individuals with breakouts will develop acne scarring, and, for many, acne scars can induce feelings of self-consciousness and low self-esteem. If you’re frustrated by the appearance of acne or acne scarring, Dr. Green is here to help. Whether the treatment that’s best for your acne scars is Microneedling, Chemical peels, Vivace, Thermage FLX, Fraxel laser, eMatrix, dermal fillers, or other cosmetic procedures, Dr. Green has the most cutting-edge acne scar treatments available and will tailor your treatment plan to cater to your needs and achieve your cosmetic goals.

Dr. Michele Green is an internationally renowned board-certified cosmetic dermatologist with over two and a half decades of experience providing some of the world’s most discerning individuals with the best non-invasive cosmetic treatment options available, including Microneedling for acne scars. She is consistently identified as one of New York’s best dermatologists by Castle Connolly, Super Doctors, New York Magazine, and the New York Times for her dedication to her patients and expertise. When you consult with Dr. Green at her private dermatology office in Manhattan’s Upper East Side neighborhood, she will work with you to create a customized treatment plan for rejuvenation that best addresses your particular skin concerns and achieves optimal cosmetic results. To get started with your personalized acne scar treatment plan and learn more about Microneedling, schedule a consultation with Dr. Green by calling the NYC office at 212-535-3088 or contacting us online.

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