If you are bothered by acne scars, there are several safe and effective treatments available at Dr Shelton’s practice in New York City. These treatments can reduce the appearance of acne scars which cause skin depressions.

Similar to other scars, acne can leave skin scars which may last for several months or even years. Scars occur especially when you squeeze, pick or pop a pimple. The result is an inflammation which leaves your face looking uneven and unsightly in severe cases.

You may have tried countless over-the-counter products too, all to no avail. Dr Shelton recommends Radiofrequency Microneedling (RF Microneedling), which is a popular technology that helps in improving the skin texture. Also known as skin needling or dermarollin, Microneedling rejuvenates your skin and visibly reduces the appearance of acne scars, open pores, wrinkles, stretch marks and sagging skin.

What is Microneedling with RF?

As explained in our previous article on Microneedling, this procedure combines microneedling with radiofrequency heat energy to increase collagen and elastin production in the body. Microneedling RF uses small needles that gently puncture the skin, creating small wounds. The skin then recognises the minute wounds which are nearly imperceptible and it tries to heal them by producing more collagen. This process helps in smoothing out the scars as well as fine lines and wrinkles.

Most patients have seen a noticeable reduction in acne scars after a few treatments. The new skin after the procedure will be smoother and more firm. Dr Shelton recommends one treatment every 4 weeks, and 3 treatments are recommended for best results and additional series of treatments can be resumed six months after.

Compared to other treatments, side effects are almost minimal in Microneedling RF. Patients might experience a mild redness and inflammation but these will clear up within a few days. Patients are also advised to avoid exposure to direct sunlight. As this is a quick procedure, patients are able to return to their normal daily routine within 24-hours of the treatment depending on their side effects. According to Dr Shelton, Microneedling with RF is emerging as one of the most effective methods of reducing acne scars.