The Pros And Cons Of Microneedling For Scars

Posted on: 4 August 2021

Microneedling is a procedure that involves inserting many tiny needles into the skin. This stimulates the production of cartilage, which can help tighten the skin and ease the appearance of scars. Since this is just one of many scar treatments available, it's worth considering the pros and cons before springing for microneedling treatments. 

Pros of Microneedling

Microneedling relies on your body's own scar-healing abilities

If you prefer to go with natural remedies when possible, microneedling is a good choice. While putting needles into your skin is not entirely natural, the manner in which microneedling works is pretty natural. The needles stimulate your skin to produce its own collagen and heal its own scars. There are no foreign substances to be injected into your body.

Microneedling is not painful or overly invasive

There are no incisions to be made, which means you won't emerge with any stitches. Most practitioners apply a numbing cream to the skin before they start inserting the microneedles into your skin, so you won't feel much while the treatment is taking place. Overall, this is a pretty pleasant procedure to go through in comparison to the surgeries people sometimes have to get rid of scars.

Cons of Microneedling

You may need a few treatments to see results

Microneedling is not an immediate fix for your scars. Many patients need two or three treatments a few weeks apart before they notice any results, and it may take you a few more treatments before your scars are as faded entirely. Each appointment only takes about half an hour, but when you consider the time it takes to drive to and from each visit, microneedling can start to seem a bit time-consuming to many.

There are some side effects

While microneedling is not seriously invasive, it is not without its side effects. Most people do experience some redness, soreness, and skin flaking afterward. This can last a couple of days and can be hard to camouflage with makeup. You'll need to stay out of the sun and wear sunscreen to protect your skin after microneedling, too.

Microneedling can be a safe, effective, painless way to ease scarring by utilizing your body's natural healing mechanisms. If you have the time to dedicate to it and don't mind the soreness and redness for a few days, microneedling can be a great way to fight scarring. 

To learn more about microneedling, contact a medical spa in your area.