While we love to memorialize memories and moments of our lives, acne breakouts certainly don’t fit the bill. Yet, this common skin condition — affecting about 50 million people in the United States — can leave lasting and prominent reminders in the form of acne scars. In fact, 1 in 5 people with acne develops unwelcome scarring.
Thanks to an innovative microneedling technology, our team of experienced and skilled aestheticians at Advanced Aesthetics Lopez Plastic Surgery, under the direction of Dr. Manuel Lopez, can restore your skin.
When you develop acne scars, they’re often depressed because the inflammatory condition occurred inside a pore in your skin. During the healing process, new collagen comes in to strengthen your skin, but it’s often not enough to fill in the depression left behind by the damaged pore.
In other instances, acne can leave behind a raised scar, which means your collagen production worked a little too well.
Either way, the concept behind microneedling is twofold. First, we break apart the scar tissue. Next, we create tiny micro-injuries that lead to a more controlled collagen response that lifts and smooths the surface of your skin.
So, when we say we’re hitting the reset button on your skin, it’s a true description as we’re turning to the same processes that created the scars to eliminate them.
We pride ourselves on doing our homework and offering best-in-class services and products. For acne scarring, we chose the SkinPen®, which was cleared by the FDA to treat acne scars.
SkinPen is incredibly good at what it does, and each treatment is only 30 minutes. Best of all, there’s no downtime afterward.
Most people benefit from a series of SkinPen treatments (3-6), depending upon how many scars we’re treating and how extensive they are.
As you progress through your SkinPen treatments, you’ll see gradual results as your skin rebuilds. About 6-12 weeks after your final microneedling treatment with us, you should realize your final results.
While we can certainly provide you with great reviews from our own experiences with microneedling, we thought we’d also draw your attention to a clinical study.
This study followed a group of patients who had facial scars through a series of microneedling treatments. After 2.5 treatments, all scars improved by at least 50%, with 80% of patients reporting a 50-75% improvement, and 65% of patients reporting an impressive 75% or more improvement.
Of course, we’re happy to share some of our own impressive results as well.
If you’d like to put your acne scars in the past, contact one of our six locations in the greater San Antonio, Texas, area to schedule a SkinPen microneedling appointment today.