Facial scarring is a common condition and affects many young people. It can be psychologically devastating leading to social withdrawal and depression. Because it is so common there is a huge market of treatments, many of which have not been subject to proper scientific evaluation. Microneedling Derma Roller therapy has been objectively evaluated and has shown excellent results as a treatment that helps get rid of acne scars.
The research was conducted by two different research groups, one in Italy and one in Japan, from 2007 to 2009. They both recruited 30 – 40 patients. The acne scars of the patients in the research groups ranged from moderate to severe. All the patients were given questionnaires to rate their scars before and after, and digital photography was used by the researchers to objectively rate the improvement in acne scars.
Excellent results were seen in both groups, with improvements rated as good or excellent by more than 80% of patients in both groups. No ill effects were seen in any patients. Good results were Derma Prime Plus also seen in patients with scars after chicken pox or herpes. Best results were seen after three to five microneedling derma roller sessions, spaced about one month apart.
The results show that microneedling derma roller treatment offers a safe and effective way to help treat acne scars and to help get rid of scars due to chickenpox and herpes. Anecdotal reports have also shown that microneedling can help reduce scars due to burns. Dermatologic research has shown that microneedling therapy dramatically increases the levels of collagen and elastin in the skin. Collagen and elastin are the foundations of healthy, beautiful skin.
Microneedling with the derma roller has significant advantages over other forms of treatment for acne scars, particularly laser resurfacing and deep chemical peels. The advantages of derma roller therapy are lower cost, minimal or no down time as recovery from microneedling is measured in hours rather than days, and lower incidence of complications such as demarcation of treated areas and post treatment pigmentation.