Acne and acne scarring is often a cause of insecurity and stress in a lot of individuals. However, as a condition it is highly treatable. One of the key facts to understand about acne is that in general there is no one single solution that is right for every case. No two types of acne or acne scars are alike. That’s why there is no “one” treatment that is best for everyone.
One of the newer advances that can be used to treat acne scarring is Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy combined with micro needling. The way that the micro-needling procedure works is that miniature needles are used to create controlled micro-injuries to the skin. The effect of this process is that additional collagen is then generated within the skin. When the skin repairs itself, the effects of this collagen is the improvement of acne scars. Since atrophic acne is caused by the removal of collagen and tissue from the skin, this additional collagen that is produced helps improve the look of the skin by ‘filling in’ the depressions.
A major development in the treatment of acne is the use of Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) and when combined with micro needling it is possible to achieve very good results. PRP is a concentration of platelets in the blood that form a part of the wound healing process. These platelets can be collected for the use of skin rejuvenation. The way that this works is that the PRP releases growth factors into the skin itself, which helps and provides additional support to your body’s very own healing process with the goal to further help improve collagen production.
The way PRP works in practical terms is that a blood sample is taken from the individual and the PRP is then separated out from the rest of the sample. Then once the micro-needling process has been completed the PRP that has come from your own blood sample is then applied to the skin. Since the micro-needling process creates superficial micro-channels within the skin itself, this allows the PRP to be absorbed more effectively into the skin.
Patients may feel a no discomfort when the micro needling process is being undertaken since a topical numbing cream is applied 1 hour before treatment. There may be some redness of the skin for a day after the procedure which quickly resolves.
After 3 to 4 treatments scheduled at monthly intervals, you will see a marked improvement in the skin, both in acne scars and fine lines. The new collagen will continue to remodel up to 3 months after the series of procedures are complete.
If you’re concerned about the appearance of your acne scars, please contact board certified dermatologist Dr. Michele Green online today or call 212-535-3088 to learn more about acne scar treatment methods such as Platelet Rich Plasma therapy and Micro-needling from our New York City based practice.