This common childhood virus that has left dark marks and deep pitted scars on my face a month ago is something that I would talk about endlessly. Because it just didn’t gave me a restless time to think & research about products that would heal the scars faster, but it really intensifies my pre existing anxiety. Not to mention that it has also dragged my self-confidence to the lowest. I know I had to something about it immediately.
What is Microneedling
Microneedling is a derma roller procedure that uses small needles to prick the skin. It is mostly used on the face and may treat and improve various conditions like scarring, fine lines, wrinkles, loose skin, brown spots, pigment issues, and large pores. The purpose of this treatment is to generate new collagen and skin tissue for smoother, firmer, and more toned skin.
Chickenpox scars, especially the deep sunken ones, are honestly difficult to fade. But there are derma treatments that can minimize the appearance of these marks. This treatment can be costly but they are one of the most effective. Although, what works for one person might not work for another. Still, I guess there’s nothing wrong in considering this treatment if you’re like me who’s desperately wanting to have a clear skin again. The treatment I’m talking about is Microneedling.
The chickenpox virus has been infecting my body (especially my face) for 10 days and the lesions has completely dried off on the 21st day. The infection was severe that it has seriously damaged the outer layer of my skin. Three days after I’m fully recovered and not contagious anymore, I went to my usual derma clinic to have a checkup and I was advised to do the microneedling. I never hesitated because I know the effectiveness of this treatment and I trust my clinic.
Topical anesthetic was used to numb the scarred area of my face and it was pretty intense because the needle length used is I think the longest one which is 2.0 mm on the fastest speed. I didn’t feel any pain during the procedure though but there’s a bit of sting when the topical anesthetic subsided. I was really surprised that I am beginning to see positive results as soon as one week after the first session.
Exactly two weeks later, I went to the second session of my Microneedling treatment and it wasn’t that intense anymore in needle length and speed because the scars were a bit flattened already. Second session is needed to regenerate more collagen and tissues to completely level it on the skin…hopefully.
I am really happy that the scar’s appearance has changed so much compared to the last couple of week. The result has been a bit faster in my case, maybe because the scars are a month old…it’s still fresh.
Frequently Asked Questions About Microneedling
- Is it painful? A minimal pain can be felt. But, you don’t need to worry because there will be a local anesthetic applied to the area of concern.
- What will it look like after every session? You will notice redness and mild swelling for 24-48 hours and there will be a slight bruising. Inflammation of the skin is temporary and it will remain slightly red up to 48 hours.
- How many treatments do I need? It depends because each patient condition determines the number of treatments that are needed.
- What products should I use after treatment? For me, I only use aloe vera gel and suncreen.
- How much it cost? The cost usually depends on the clinic you’d want to get the treatment with.
You can watch my experience.
I talked about its symptoms, prescribed medicines, dos & donts, and frequently asked questions about severe chickenpox in adults.
TO WRAP IT UP
This severe chickenpox virus infection is going to be one of the most unforgettable thing that I would probably always going to remember in my entire life. It was a very horrible experience. Sure microneedling treatment healed my deep pitted scars but whenever I look closely in front of the mirror, I can still see a bit of holes that i will always remember. They are reminders of this horrific memory being an adult.
This experience has taught me to take care of myself more– to strengthen my immune system by working out and eat healthy as part of my daily routine. Here’s my 7-day simple grocery list of healthy, less rice meals under Php1,000 and workout app for beginners.
How About You?
- Have you ever had chickenpox as an adult?
- What’s your experience on scar treatments?