No matter how skilled your surgeon is, there will be some degree of scarring after any surgery. While cosmetic medicine has come a long way in minimizing scarring and innovating techniques to allow for subtle incision placement, we’ve yet to create a truly “scarless” procedure. That said, treating surgical scarring is now more advanced than ever.
Scars are a natural (and essential) part of the healing process. When skin is broken or damaged, your body creates a buildup of collagen fibers, called fibroblasts, that help heal and protect your skin. How much of a scar develops tends to vary based on the type of wound and your genetic predisposition.
Multiple patients who undergo identical procedures can develop very different scarring patterns. Some people are more prone to thick, raised, or hypertrophic scars, while others may only see a rather faint, flat, and slightly discolored scar. If cared for properly, scars tend to fade gradually on their own over time.
If you’re hoping to speed things up, though, Microneedling is one of the most popular and effective treatments to reduce and, in some cases, eliminate surgical scarring. This procedure can be particularly useful for patients prone to thicker scarring or who’ve experienced sun damage in the area surrounding a surgical incision.
How Microneedling Reduces Scarring
Microneedling, sometimes referred to as Collagen Induction Therapy or Derma Rolling, is a non-surgical treatment completed in-office by one of our Master Aestheticians. By utilizing an advanced handheld device, your technician will create controlled micro-injuries in the top layer of skin surrounding your surgical scar to induce rapid healing and general skin improvements.
We’ll precisely adjust the needles’ penetration to provide the best possible results depending on the scar’s size and severity. Each needle impact creates a microscopic wound, stimulating the growth of new collagen. As your body heals, you’ll see holistic improvements to scar size, skin tone, and hyperpigmentation.
Most patients experience very light (often imperceptible) bleeding, swelling, and redness immediately following treatment. Over the next few hours, you’ll see a big improvement, with results continuing to refine over the next two to three days.
To see the optimal results, most patients will require a series of treatments spaced out over several months. During your consultation, we’ll give you a clear idea of how many treatments you’ll need depending on your scarring, goals, and medical history.
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At Oasis Aesthetics, we’re proud to offer our patients the highest possible quality of service and care. We strive to ensure every patient has a full understanding of their treatment plan and possible results. As such, it’s essential to note that there’s no way to erase surgical scarring entirely. Microneedling, however, is a clinically proven means of improving the tone and texture of scarred skin.
If you’re interested in learning more about Microneedling or any of our other rejuvenating non-invasive treatment options, the next step is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Wallin. During this meeting, we’ll have a chance to get to know each other and fully assess the best path to achieve your aesthetic goals.