Microneedling burn scars is a terrific option for many patients. These types of scars have always been the most difficult scars to treat: they are areas of thick, discolored skin that develop after exposure to intense heat, chemicals, or electricity causes skin cells to die. As a natural healing mechanism, our skin produces collagen to repair the injury: a fibrous tissue (scar tissue) forms over the wound, sometimes excessively, leading to the formation of smooth, hard scars (keloids). To complicate the matter, because of their tendency to thicken and harden over time, burn scars cause the skin to tighten all around them (contracture).
By microneedling burn scars, the outlook of burn scars and the change in pigment that usually follows the formation of scar tissue can be minimized, but the severity of the burn is what determines whether the scar will fade or be permanently visible. While, in fact, first degree burns (those affecting only the epidermis, the outer layer of our skin) heal within days and hardly leave any trace, second and third degree burns (those damaging dermis and sometimes also bones, tendons, and nerve endings) are more likely to cause scarring. Disfigured skin isn’t the only devastating effect of such a condition: burn scars, especially when they are in an area of our skin that is not easy to hide, can lead also to loss of self-confidence and emotional distress.
Therapies to reduce the appearance of burn scars have been historically limited, most of the time involving invasive procedures such as surgical excision and skin grafting. A more conservative approach is available in the use of a low level laser therapy, but doubts have been raised about its safety and effectiveness. An alternative scar removal treatment– safe as well as able to provide gratifying results– is the fractional microneedling, otherwise known as collagen induction therapy. Free of side effects and post-treatment complications, microneedling burn scars can be performed on the most delicate areas of the body. Unlike the intense heat radiation of a laser skin resurfacing, the much less traumatic collagen induction therapy can help blend scars with the surrounding skin areas, reduce surface irregularities, and dramatically improve the look of hyperpigmented scars. All without the risk of post-inflammatory overproduction of melanin.
The vertical stamping of motorized 3.0 mm needles (mounted on the top of a roller or pen-device) penetrates old scar tissue and breaks up abnormal scar collagen. The genesis of new, native collagen and elastin is promoted, restoring skin texture and mobility (previously compromised by the contracture typical of burn scars). The priceless benefits of a microneedle therapy as a way to remove or attenuate the appearance of burn scars are multiple: the absorption of transdermal depigmenting agents through the micro-channels of injuries created by the motorized needles will accelerate and grandly improve the correction of hyperpigmentation. A few treatments (up to 5 monthly sessions) might be required to address all your cosmetic issues, but the outcome and the lack of post-treatment complications will put microneedling to the top of your skin therapy options.