Well, yeah, some red marks are gone but they were aggravated by a mask earlier. They wouldn't have appeared at all if it weren't for the mask, so they also went away more quickly.
Hmm, I do think the situation has still improved overall, though. I do think the Microneedling helps.
In fact, in a fit of desperation I Microneedled that square-shaped dark spot rather harshly with 1,5 mm Dermaroller a couple of days ago, after taking those photos. I felt like there hadn't been enough improvement, so when that desperation hits, sometimes I take drastic measures.
And now, after the initial redness has vanished, I do think it actually looks lighter...
You have to be careful with Microneedling, though. Cover your face with a thick scarf if you go outside for a couple of days. Then you can use sunscreen. The most important thing to be aware of is that the new collagen maturing into the most stable form takes at least 4 weeks. So keep the treatments between 4 weeks, minimum. If you needle too often, you will lose collagen instead of building it. So your skin will start to sag. Trust me, patience pays off. You don't want to damage your skin even more in trying to fix a failed treatment. The minimum time to wait between 1,5mm needling sessions is 6 weeks. So, longer for longer needle lengths.
I didn't wait 6 weeks this time, just 4, in my fit of rage. Don't do as I do, do as I say.
The treated side of my face IS saggier, but it already was even before laser. I remember looking at it, thinking how those huge rolling acne scars must have broken so much collagen that my entire cheek started to sag. But yeah, if you do it, be SAFE. Near Christmas when I only had 1-3 weeks between treatments and also used acidic products, I think my skin definitely looked saggier than before. Microneedling enhances skin penetration greatly, so beneficial products will have greater effects. But some products, although they may be useful, should not be combined with Microneedling. For example, Retin-A, which I did. Later I read lots of reviews how Retin-A and Microneedling are a very bad combination. It's too acidic for the dermis. So that definitely contributed. Those were a few horror-filled weeks.
So, be careful with what you put on your face after Microneedling. I bought a lotion that is meant precisely for transdermal absorption, and reducing pigmentation. I even read up on the ingredients, lol. It contains hyaluronic acid, which works better in the dermis than in the epidermis, for example. And keep the treatments in between 4 weeks, minimum. It's based on the natural rate of renewal of the skin, so there's nothing you can do to change it. And do read further into the science of Dermaneedling. Done right, it breaks up scars tissue, producing normal collagen instead. And it's useful for lots of other things, too.
One thing I'd recommend is using a Dermastamp instead of Dermaroller. If you do use a Dermaroller, use one with 200-ish needles instead of one with 500. The sparsely separated needles puncture into the skin better. In my experience, the one with 500 needles can scratch your skin more easily. Dermarollers in general might scratch your skin, and that's more likely to cause more scar tissue. So the Dermastap is the safest in my experience.
Dermastap also allows you to stamp a smaller area. Keeping the treated area small might reduce the likelyhood of causing saggy skin. That's just my opinion, though. But I think it's better to leave healthy skin alone if you have it. This way you are less likely to damage healthy collagen. Instead just focus on improving scarred areas. If they're large areas, then use Dermaroller, but make sure to lift it off in between rolls. That way you won't scratch yourself with it.
*information vomit* I guess I'll continue on a related subject in a second post. So that's that about Dermarolling/Microneedling/Dermaneedling. You can also have it done professionally if you like, which is of course safer. Remember to disinfect well if you do it at home.