Acne Scar Treatments
Acne and acne scars can be very embarrassing and a big stressor for patients. There is no need to worry alone – there are many effective treatment options available.
1st: Stop the Inflammation
The first step when it comes to treating acne-related skin problems is to control the active acne and make every effort to prevent future breakouts. This can be done through a variety of methods, and we often recommended starting with clarifying anti-acne facials with our aesthetician on a regular basis, in addition to daily at-home maintenance using professional skin care products designed to treat and prevent acne flares. These at-home regimens are critically important to maintaining a beautiful, blemish-free complexion.
Let our team of professionals help you customize an effective and personalized regimen of medical-grade skin care products with scientific research to back them up.
2nd: Treat the Scars
Acne scars can be very challenging. Scars can range from deep icepick scars to shallow depressions and boxcar shapes. Some patients will have one or two deep scars that may respond best to simple excision, while other might need aggressive dermabrasion (which is very different from MICROdermabrasion). Other patients will respond well to a series of light chemical peels performed by our aesthetician followed by at-home topical skin care therapy. Injectable dermal fillers (like Restylane Silk for example) can also be a great option for many scars. In most cases, patients will require a combination of multiple treatments to achieve the best results.
In some cases, deep scars need to be excised with a very tiny punch device followed by closure of the tiny hole with a dissolvable suture. This skin is then allowed to heal, resulting in smooth skin with a very fine scar rather than a deep depressed scar that creates a shadow and is very noticeable. We can follow scar excision with our Phoenix Fractional CO2 Laser to resurface the skin and improve the overall scar appearance and skin texture across a broad area. Shallow flat scars can also be improved with filler injections prior to lasering as well. While not every scar can be completely removed, dramatic improvements are possible and this can make a huge difference in how patients feel about themselves.
If you have facial scars that bother you, let us help you with a customized treatment plan to get you where you want to be and restore your confidence.