Clinical Evaluation of Microneedling Therapy in the Management of Facial Scar: A Prospective Randomized Study

J Maxillofac Oral Surg. 2019 Dec;18(4):572-578. doi: 10.1007/s12663-018-1155-7. Epub 2018 Oct 3.


Purpose: To evaluate the therapeutic efficacy and complications of microneedling (dermaroller) therapy as a treatment modality in the treatment of facial scars resulting from acne, trauma and surgery.

Materials and methods: Fifty patients with facial acne scar, traumatic scar, hypertrophic scars and scars with skin discoloration reporting to our institute were included in the study. Microneedling procedure was performed with the help of dermaroller. Postoperative wound was evaluated by three evaluators by comparing preoperative and postoperative clinical photographs.

Results: Seven out of the total 50 patients (14%) showed an excellent response to dermaroller treatment, while 26 patients (52%) had a good response. Fourteen patients (28%) had fair response, and 3 patients (6%) had poor response.

Conclusion: Microneedling therapy with dermaroller is one of the simplest, yet most effective skin treatments for scars, stretch marks, deep wrinkles, etc. The dermaroller is a definitive credit crunch skin rescue option. It is simple yet effective and suitable for all skin types and skin tones.

Keywords: Acne scar; Dermaroller; Hypertrophic scar; Microneedling; Traumatic scar.