> I've been looking into saline injection combined with needling to help > with scarring and acne pitting > I just wondered if you knew anything about this and how to go about > the procedure It seems > to work for these people. A combination of breaking down the collagen > and lifting the skin using > saline. Is this feasible Sarah? I'm not sure.
This is definitely feasible and it works. Not for everybody though. As far as I remember you had scars on your nose? Or wasn't it you? Sorry - I get so many emails that I do remember the stories but cannot connect them to names after a while. I don't think that it would work well on the nose. The nose is mainly made of cartilage and is not so easy to be "puffed up". You can always try though.
A horizontal subcision of an acne scar with a syringe is performed to cut up the fibrous bands that are holding the scar down. Then bacteriostatic saline solution of NaCl + H2O ( for sale OTC in pharmacies) is injected with force into the acne scar. There is usually a little swelling after the injection for several minutes. A saline solution is not a filler - It will get absorbed within a day or days. The scar might be flat for some time but it will subside.
A saline solution very temporarily puffs the scar up and further stretches the fibrous bands. Stretching the bands should make the scar slightly less indented.
It also triggers collagen production - missing collagen is another contributor to the indentation of the scar.
6-8 treatments are normally required to get results and the results are not immediate. It can take months. A saline solution is not perceived as foreign to the body so there is no risk of an allergic reaction.
I recommend needling the scar with our single needle for a few weeks prior to the saline injections. Rolling and especially needling effectively functions as a vertical subcision. It cuts the fibrous septae and severs the scar's deep attachments.
It will also crush the hardened collagen fibers and increases the likelihood of success with the saline. Some people have good results and some don't.
Some acne-afflicted just inject a saline solution (without subcision) into their scars and some obtain a slight improvement. It works better for wide scars.
You can buy saline solution in the pharmacy. They also should have 30G diabetic needles.
With a little bit of dexterity you can perform this procedure upon yourself. Don't forget to first remove any air from the syringe before you inject it into the skin.
Some dermatologists perform this procedure. Probably advisable.
Other interesting methods:http://forums.owndoc.com/dermarolling-microneedling/Subcision-suction-method-for-acne-scarhttp://forums.owndoc.com/dermarolling-microneedling/Autologous-(own)-blood-injection-for-acne-scars-or-atrophic-scars