Millions of people suffer from acne. Some have relatively minor scars, while others have unsightly reminders of what is often a temporary condition. Acne scars can be very stubborn, hard to manage, and have a great impact on your self-confidence. Treatment can be a challenge since many scars do not disappear with one treatment. Most scars are due to the presence of cystic acne, which damages the collagen support system and the underlying fat on the face. This type of acne thins the skin out and creates an empty gap after destroying healthy fat cells. Once the skin starts to heal, an indented scar is formed that leads to deep and firm indentations and scars on the face.
Acne scarring can also look like raised mounds on the skin or smaller discolorations that are usually brown in color. Scarring is often accompanied by dark and red spots that can be troublesome to manage. Enlarged pores and previous acne treatment plans can lead to the presence of more noticeable scarring. Pores that are too large often lead to scars that are deeper and wider in scope, while some acne treatments can lead to severely dry skin that is robbed of essential oils. This loss of skin health can easily lead to scars that are more pronounced. Scars from acne can affect anyone. They appear on people of all ages and skin types and can also manifest on different parts of the body besides the face Fortunately, there are a wide variety of acne scar treatments that can be effective, especially if they are combined together, to mitigate the effects of acne scars and heal the face.
There is not one definitive way to clear up acne scarring. Different methods work for different people. A good treatment plan starts with back lighting photography to see the levels and depth of any scars. This makes it easier to come up with a concise and effective treatment plan. The best way to treat acne scars is a process of treatment, waiting, and then further treatment based on the initial results. This process ensures the skin is not damaged by aggressive treatment and gives time for a plastic or cosmetic surgeon to come up with a different strategy for results. Trying to rush acne scarring treatment can further damage the skin, especially if treatment is not adapted and adjusted to a patient’s pigmentation, skin thickness, and past treatments.
There are a variety of acne scar treatments our office relies on to deliver results to patients. Each treatment is noninvasive, safe, and requires no downtime.
Microneedling With PRP: Microneedling is a treatment strategy that involves the creation of very small injuries to the skin. As these small injuries heal, the skin is encouraged to rebuild itself and smooth out. We combine microneedling with PRP (platelet rich plasma) in order to heal and mitigate the effects of acne scarring.
PRP is a serum that is made up of a patient’s blood and is injected into the skin. The injection process helps stimulate the creation of skin cells, boosts circulation, and helps the body produce more collagen and elastin, which is essential to the healing of the skin. PRP and microneedling also helps the body create more fat cells while improving the overall quality of the skin and giving more volume to deeper scars.
Laser Genesis: This treatment sends heat into the deepest part of the skin to stimulate the creation of collagen and elastin by the body. Our office uses a gentle 1064nm Yag laser for this treatment. The restoration of collagen and elastin by the body leads to a smoothing effect that can soften and polish various acne scars. Since the laser is non-irritating, it is useful for treating sensitive areas on the body without having to resort to numbing agents.
PICO Genesis: PICO Genesis is a non-ablative laser, which means it can work effectively without the risk of damaging the skin. The laser beam reaches deep into the skin in order to help the body create more collagen, which aids in the lifting of the skin. The laser works by shooting energy into the skin with extremely small bursts.
VI Peel: Chemical peels are an effective way to treat the effects of acne scarring, along with the signs of aging, dull skin, and hyperpigmentation. The peel is effective and popular due to its combination of enzymes and vitamins, while still being gentle enough in order to be used on nearly all parts of the body. After a VI Peel, most people see the softening of their acne scars within 4-6 weeks.
Hydrafacial MD: This treatment functions both as a preventative measure to ward off future instances of acne, and also serves as a potent treatment for existing acne and the accompanying scars. The Hydrafacial works by removing impurities and other skin damage and then fills the skin with nourishing nutrients that encourage healthy skin growth and restoration.
Bellafill: The Bellafill synthetic collagen filler can be used to enhance the lift and volume of the face. The gel inserted into the face helps smooth out deeper depressions that were created by acne scars. The results of the treatment can be seen for up to five years due to the filler’s residual that helps stimulate collagen production.
A facelift generally sees the removal of extra skin on the face and the repositioning of soft tissue. They do not have much effect on the quality of the skin, making the facelift an ineffective solution for acne scars. However, some linear acne scars do require a combination of treatment and the surgical closing of any scars due to their length and size.
Acne scar treatments are able to be carried out without the use of anesthesia. Some plastic surgeons choose to put on calming music or dim some of the lights to create a calmer and more relaxing environment. The duration of treatment depends on the number and type of acne scars, but surgical procedures usually take 1-3 hours. The recovery process after treatment is usually minimal. Some redness or bruising can be expected, but any aftereffects of a procedure are typically very minor within 5-7 days. Some people choose to take some time off of work to rest. Our office works with all patients to ensure the recovery process is smooth and that the results desired were achieved. If not, we closely collaborate to come up with a plan for further treatment based on the first procedure.
Acne scarring can be devastating to a person’s self-esteem and confidence about their body. At our office, we provide a wide range of treatment options for acne scars that are cost-effective and worthwhile. We work closely with every patient to evaluate their acne scars and then come up with a treatment plan that will see the best results. Our office also carries a wide range of medical-grade skincare products that can aid in the healing and rejuvenation of the skin. These products are clinically proven and can be a powerful enhancement to an in-office acne scar treatment. If you are interested in learning more about how you can treat your acne scars and see the skin you desire, contact us in order to schedule a consultation.
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