Microneedling Improves Appearance of Surgical Scars – Especially if Performed Early

Posted By Madilyn Moeller, Wednesday, September 7, 2022


Performed early after surgery, a procedure called microneedling can improve the final appearance of surgical scars – with best results if done within six to seven weeks, reports a study in the September issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). The journal is published in the Lippincott portfolio by Wolters Kluwer.

That's in contrast to the "conventional wisdom" that treatments to improve the appearance of surgical scars should be delayed for up to a year, according to the new research by Casey Gene Sheck, DO, and colleagues under the direction of R. Brannon Claytor, MD, Chief of Plastic Surgery at Main Line Health at Claytor/Noone Plastic Surgery in Bryn Mawr, Pa. "Our findings suggest that microneedling 6 weeks after surgery to restart the healing process is an option to improve the final outcomes of postoperative scarring," the researchers write.

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