Nobody likes dealing with acne and its residual scars, but millions of people do have them. The good news is that you have a virtual cornucopia of professional acne scar treatments to help you reduce unsightly scars and give you back your healthy-looking skin!
Cosmetic Treatment To Repair Acne Scars
- Chemical Peel: These modern marvels work by dissolving several layers of your skin, the epidermis, dermis and hypodermis to improve your skin’s look. Applying chemical solutions to make your skin peel gets rid of damaged and diseased skin that falls away, bringing up healthy skin from below. Chemical peels are also great for diminishing other skin issues (freckles, fine lines, sun-damaged skin, wrinkles, liver spots, scaly skin patches, irregular pigmentation, etc.).
- Dermal Fillers: These use collagen or hyaluronic acid to lessen acne scars. The filler is carefully injected into the scar to fill in the affected area as your body produces extra collagen so smoother skin comes up. These typically treat laugh lines, facial scars, blemishes and those deep creases running from your nose down to your mouth.
- Microdermabrasion: This cosmetic surgery involves the application of magnesium oxide or aluminum oxide crystals onto the top layer of your skin. Using pressurized suction, the crystals are pulled along with any dead or diseased skin cells, leaving you with healthier-looking skin and reduced acne scars.
- Facelifts combined with skin tightening: This treatment works best if your acne scars are on the mild side. This works by pulling up the skin and tightening it to even out the acne scars so they are hardly noticeable.
- Laser skin resurfacing: During this treatment, a laser removes the top layer of the skin. It works on the outer layer of your skin while heating the lower layers in the dermis, promoting collagen production. These new collagen fibers help create new, smoother and firmer looking skin.
Types of Acne Scars
- Atrophic (pitted) acne scars from cystic acne: They look like hollow skin indentations and are called ice pick scars (small, narrow, and deep), boxcar scars (broad with well-defined edges), or rolling scars (shallow with wavy edges).
- Hypertrophic acne scars: Raised bumps from scar tissue buildup.
- Post-inflammation hyperpigmentation: These come from whiteheads, pustules or cysts that trigger an inflammatory response, leaving patches and dark spots.
Laser Options For Acne Scars
- Ablative lasers for acne scars: Delivers an intense wave of light to remove the outer layers of skin while heating the under layers of the skin. It resurfaces the skin, resulting in the presence of new, healthy tissue.
- Non-ablative, fractionated lasers for acne scars: Heats skin tissue without totally getting rid of the top layers of the skin.
- Radiofrequency microneedling: Treats mild to moderate acne scarring. A handheld device is passed over the skin in a “stamping” movement where heat and sterile needles are pressed into the skin. These stamps make tiny wounds that boost collagen and elastin production, moothing out acne scars.
- IPL/BBL for acne scars: Treats post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation and post-inflammatory erythema (flat brown or red marks that you might have after your acne heals) using light energy.
- Picosecond lasers for acne scars: Treats post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation for darker skin. These lasers remove tattoo pigment and hyperpigmentation that send quick pulses of energy to the skin, breakingup pigment particles.
If you would are tired of your acne scars and would like to learn more about how we can reduce your acne scars, please give our team a call to answer your rquestions or schedule a consultation. You deserve to put your best face forward!