Does Micro-Needling Cause Scars?

Does Micro-Needling Cause Scars?

Does micro-needling cause scars? The quick answer is yes, however it’s not the way you think.

If you are not familiar, micro-needling is a non-invasive cosmetic procedure where a dermaroller or pen-like device containing several needles is moved along the skin as a means to create micro-wounds that cause the body to quickly create collagen and elastin fibers, which plump up the skin. Micro-needling causes the skin to initiate its natural wound healing process and is done in combination with products that promote the fading of hypermentation (such as Vitamin C) and ingredients that moisturize, such as aloe. This process can be done in an office setting or at home.

Micro-needling is mainly a treatment for mild to moderate acne scars, both old and new. However, it is also used to treat stretch marks, fine lines and wrinkles, and sun damage.

When performed in an office setting, it’s common that the doctor, nurse or esthetician will apply a topical numbing cream so as to avoid any discomfort. For the most part, despite it sounding painful having needles pierce your skin, the needles are often not felt.

So if micro-needling is intended to treat scars, why would it also cause them? Whenever you have an injury that creates a wound of any kind, even a microinjury and controlled wound created by micro-needling, it also causes micro-scars as well.

This is where a great product like InviCible Scars is beneficial because once your skin has been pierced by the needles, it more easily absorbs skin care products. InviCible contains Vitamin C, which will help in the fading of any hyperpigmentation – or if the procedure was done with the intention of getting rid of dark spots. Vitamin C also aids in collagen production. InviCible Scar Treatment contains moisturizing ingredients like aloe vera, licorice extract and EFA’s (essential fatty acids.) These same ingredients will also target the inflammation that ocurrs post-procedure as well. Moreover, it contains silicone, which will help treat the micro-scars.

When micro-needling is done at home, the upmost care should be taken as one of the biggest risks is pressing too hard onto the skin and creating a bigger skin injury than intended. Always follow the instructions that come with your kit.

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  1. The information on this site is provided as an information resource only, and is not to be used or relied on for any diagnostic or treatment purposes. Please speak to your doctor to treat any medical condition. Information on this site is not intended to be patient education, does not create any patient-physician relationship, and should not be used as a substitute for professional diagnosis and treatment.
  2. I had face needling done and I pressed too hard into my skin and my skin is discolored from very red to brown for six months now. I’m afraid it will never go away. I used a dermaroller with a blue LED light and my face is ruined. Do you know if the light burn my skin or why it’s hyperpigment. Please help. Thank you.

  3. I have a scar on my forehead from a trauma accident. It is about .4 inches long and .2 inches width wise. The thing i am concerned about is that it was not stiched it was glued together so would the micro needling work?! Please please help. The scar is a depressed scar.

  4. I had the micro needling done on my stomach for stretch marks and it looks brown from when she did it. And it was over a month ago… I’m wondering if it will go back to normal skin color or if my skin is now stained

  5. I had Dermapen 3 4 treatments the clinician made several passes which I questioned. My forehead is like alligator skin now bigger pores and what appears to be scratched and very dry. So upset. Anything I can do I am 55

  6. Well I had a professional do the micro in a office about 7 months ago. My face hasn’t healed yet in fact it has tracks of the roller and on my forehead blisters and tracks ! I have been on all kinds of drugs, ointments and no change I have gone to three dermatologist and no results!

    • Hi! I have exactly the same problem as you do. You wrote this a fre months ago and I am just wondering if you have seen any improvent yet? I have had my tracks for 4 months now and I am worried that they will not disapear…

      I really hope you will answer, and that you can give me some good news!

  7. I had the dermaroller done on my stomach for stretch Marks one day and on the breast area the next day and with in a day of doing each I have little red bumps everywhere they look like pimples, is this normal?

  8. Hi just wondering if micro needling would help elevate my deep sunken/depressed scar I got surgery 5 years ago appearance is embarrassing especially knowing the discoloration of it as well being dark around the area and being under certain lighting makes the look even worse. Please let me know if there’s a chance of improving the appearance of the scar and maybe advise other recommendations. Thank you.

  9. Hi, I have razor bumps scars that I’ve been trying to get rid of the last few years in my bikini area. I’ve tried oils, creams, bleaching creams and nothing seem to help. I went to have microdermabrasion done to my face at this spa and I told them about my razor bump problem and they told me micro needling would help with that. I havent done it yet. I’ve been researching to see if that is what I need before I kick out all this money. I also suffer from hyperpigmention and I’m African American. Do you think micro needling would be effective for me? I’m trying to end this tedious journey soon.

  10. Hi I got my first treatment of micro needling pen today it’s been 10 hours now and I can see scratch like marks like a cat scratched me
    Is this normal?they only went 0.5 which wasn’t too deep. Is it normal to have the cat like scratches on my face

  11. Hi
    I am Asian male done first treatment yestaurday and noticed my skin in one area is gone dark,
    And looks different coloured to rest of my face.

  12. I got micro-needling done and my face looks great after a week but about 4 days after my face got ichy and I scratched my neck/face on one spot and it’s red. It left me a red line and it hasn’t gone away. It’s been 2 days but I wasn’t suppose to scratch my face right? I might of took some skin cause i felt it peel when I scratched

    • Hi Hanna, micro-needling causes micro-scars to trigger the body’s reaction to repair it with collagen. 4 days after the procedure, your skin was probably still very sensitive and inflammed. The red line is likely the line followed by the needles. Apply aloe or a skin treatment like InviCible Scars (that has both aloe too soothe and Vitamin C to fade the redness.)

  13. I had one dermapen11 treatment. The practitioner did my whole face and my neck. She tended to go over the smoother parts of my face with more strokes and was cautious going over a deep acne scar. I did ask her if she could possibly be more aggressive on that and she told me it wouldn’t necessarily make a difference to do that. So can I conclude that it’s safer to go over deep scars and a lighter way?
    I just need to know that she’s on the right track here. And if I wanted to work on myself alone I certainly would probably need some sort of class or video on how to do that properly.
    I’m getting 2 more sessions with her and I hope that she is following the right protocol.
    So this all took place about 3 or 4 days ago and my face does feel a lot better now and that particular deeper scar does feel a bit smoother but there’s a part of me that expects more.

  14. Michelle says:

    I have scars on my thigh and leg since I was small. I took the micro-needling treatment, thinking that it will help but it couldn’t help at all. It caused my scares to be more darker than my original scares. Any good suggestion that can be helpful.

  15. I tried the micro-needling treatment about 4 months ago on my chin area because and it left me with new pink tracks/scars of the roller. I first thought they would fade away fast, but like I said I have had them on my face for 4 months now, and I believe they are getting worse… I am now really worried that these new scars wont go away. I have tried chemical face peeling, but it did nothing for the scars.

    What should I do to make these new scars/tracks dissapear? I really need advice!

  16. Hi, i have acne scarring caused from using accutane. I had a Dermapen treatment 3mm deep, thus was my 3rd of this depth and i had no trouble with those. After this last treatment I now have a large depressed scar that i noticed the following day after treatment, some new scars that look like a large hole and some pores that look like they have joined and formed a scar. Will this heal and mend itself over time due to the collagen production that the dermapen triggers? This is all on my cheek area where i didnt really have scarring. Thank you.

  17. Hi,
    I just used the derma roller on my outer thighs to get rid of stretch marks. It was fine right after the treatment. Few hours later, there were many fine red lines (like scratches) where I used the derma roller. Will that go away??

  18. I had an agressive erium laser, then 8 months later I had a dermapen treatment, then 2 months later an agressive dermaroller treatment, then 2 months later an agressive dermapen treatment. Its been 4 months and I have more wrinkles, red skin, large pores, many areas that look like shallow scars, and dry skin. Will these shallow scar (they are turning white) go away, and will the pore size shrink any. I don’t know how to deal with this.
    Thank you.

    • Hi KCA, we recommend directing these questions to the dermatologist who conducted the treatments as he/she can better access what is going on. As for white scars, they do not go away because they lack melanin and there is no topical cream to treat this.

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