Micro Needling Vs. Scars

micro-needling_scarsOver the past several months, Maine Laser Skin Care has been introducing the updated technology of micro needling with great and encouraging success. Both aesthetician Denise Gidney and I have been performing this procedure, which is also known as CIT, or Collagen Induction Therapy.

As you may remember from previous newsletters and blog posts, tiny needles are used to create micro-injuries to the skin in a controlled and sterile fashion resulting in naturally stimulated collagen and elastin production. This induction of the natural skin process results in improvement and softening of wrinkles and age-related damage to your skin.

micro-needling-stepsOne common question I have been receiving during our free consultations has been related to the effects of micro needling on scars. I have seen many individuals with traumatic scars from injuries, subsequent suturing (i.e. stitching), and after surgery.

Sometimes, the issue is that the scar is lighter or darker in color than the surrounding skin. In other cases, the scar is thicker or wider than desired and considered too noticeable for its location on the body.

My answers to these individuals and their questions is obviously very personal to each patient depending on the type of scar, its appearance, and location on the body.  No surgery or technology will make any scar go away completely.  However, the benefits of micro needling is that since it does stimulate your body to produce new tissue in a controlled manner, there is a positive effect on all areas treated.

Darker areas tend to lighten, and lighter areas tend to darken as a result of the micro needling assuming more of the coloration of the surrounding tissue. This phenomenon results in the scar appearance improving and looking less prominent.

micro-needling-before-and-afterAdditionally, the thickness and depth of scars tend to be lessened through the remodeling process and as more new collagen is produced in a more controlled and organized manner.  Scientific studies of this technology have shown consistent improved appearance and even a perceived ” glow ” to the skin as a result of the new tissue and skin growth.

I always caution people that I cannot make a scar go away, as damage has already been done.  Still, we do have methods to make scars look better and less noticeable.

Since micro needling can be used on all parts of the body, it is indeed an excellent option.  Most people need a series of 3 treatments to see optimal results, although some scars, especially deeper acne and traumatic scars, may need 6-8 sessions to achieve desired goals.

If you or family or friends have a scar that they would like to look better and have been frustrated by its appearance, call for a free consultation at (207) 873-2158.  I can tell you a lot more about options for treatment and outcome by a look at the scar than a long phone discussion.

As the old expression goes, a picture is worth a thousand words.  I continue to be excited about this emerging technology and the benefits we are seeing with each treatment given.

About Dr. John Burke

John Burke M.D. has practiced medicine for over 25 years, and is the founding partner of MidMaine Internal Medicine. He established Maine Laser Skin Care in 2004 after devoting years to learning the latest in laser and dermatologic technology. Dr. Burke has treated patients from all over the United States. He is one of Maine's busiest practitioners in laser treatments, and in the use of Botox for upper facial lines and excessive sweating.
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