Skin needling is an old fashioned form of fractional skin resurfacing that involves the use of multiple needles on a roller. Roller depths range from half a millimetre to 2.5 millimetres deep. Needling acne scars can result in a mild improvement in acne scars. Dermatologists at the Acne Specialist Clinic believe that Fractional lasers and Fractional RadioFrequency are much better than skin needling for the treatment of acne scars. The limitations of skin needling include the depth of penetration of the needles.  Acne scars lie deep in the dermal layers of your skin, way beyond the reach of needles. Newer forms of skin needling, such as Dermapen provide better results compared to first generation skin rollers.

Facts on skin needling

  • Skin needling can improve some types of acne scars
  • Skin needling works by remodelling collagen in old acne scars
  • Recovery times range from a few days to a week
  • Skin needling can be used in all skin types including darker skin acne scars
  • Several skin needling treatments are required for best results
  • Specialists prefer the use of fractional lasers or radiofrequency methods compared to skin needling, as new technologies provide a greater improvement for acne scars with a much better safety profile
  • A new form of skin needling called DERMAPEN has promising results for some forms of scarring
  • DERMAPEN skin needling provides entry level skin resurfacing for acne scars


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Case 11 - Rolling and atrophic scars on the temples

Diagnosis: Rolling and atrophic scars on the temples, dark skin acne scars
Treatment: Skin Needling. This procedure is outdated, fractional erbium and CO2 lasers provide much better results than skin needling. Laser treatments are safer, with fewer treatments needed. Skin needling is NOT FRACTIONAL RESURFACING.

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