Dermaroller/ Microneedling for acne scars
Acne vulgaris is a distressing problem, but the scars left behind after acne clears can be even more distressing to patients. It can rob you of your confidence and self esteem. Acne scars do not generally respond to creams or lotions. One of the most common procedures we do at Twacha Skin and Hair Clinic, Kochi is called Dermaroller/ Microneedling which reduces acne scars and improves the skin texture.
Microneedling can also be done for chicken pox scars and post traumatic scars.
Here are a few FAQ's about Dermaroller/ mirconeedling procedure for acne scars -
What is a dermaroller?
Dermaroller is an instrument used for "Microneedling". It makes use of a hand held roller with many fine medical grade stainless steel micro-needles. This instrument is rolled in different directions over the affected skin and the needles cause micro wounds. This will release growth factors which stimulates skin to make new collagen and elastic fibres thereby thickening and strengthening skin, smoothening scars and also improving wrinkles.
What improvement can I expect with dermaroller/ microneedling?
- Improves skin texture and scar depth - makes the scars shallow and cosmetically more appealing
- Also improves wrinkles and skin tone
How many sessions will I need?
In general, 4-6 sessions are required at 4-6 weeks interval.
Does the procedure hurt?
The procedure is done after anaesthetising the skin adequately with a local anaesthetic cream. It may cause mild pricking and burning sensation.
What are the side effects of dermaroller procedure?
There are no long term side effects. There will be redness and mild swelling lasting for 2-5 days after the procedure. There may be hyperpigmentation if adequate sun protection is not followed. Hence, it is important to follow our post procedure instructions to minimise the side effects.We usually plan the procedure on a weekend so that you will be ready to go back to work by monday!