Active acne is a common skin condition that may lead scar development. If active acne is moderate or severe, then this can lead depressions, pits, and raised skin face. Acne scars can affect the way we feel about our appearance and they can also affect our self esteem in the long term. For patients seeking to reduce the appearance of acne scars, there are a variety of treatments that may help.
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Scars that are depressed or pitted are known as atrophic scars. These types of scars are commonly seen on the face. Hypertrophic scars are scars that are raised and are typically seen on the the rest of the body.
Not every patient who has active acne will will have acne scars. Scars are developed duye to poor healing of the wound. When acne breakout, the skin tissue is damaged. Over time, the skin will repair by producing more collagen. If this repair process or collagen production is interrupted or less than optimal, a scar will form. The following are a few risk factors to consider for developing acne scars.
The goal of any treatment is to repair the tissue that caused the scar to form. This is done using a variety of treatments.
Topical creams that are prescribed by your provider can help repair the skin’s texture and can cal even out skin tone. This is the least expensive treatment options, but it does take a high level of compliance over the course of a year or more.
Chemical and mechanical exfoliation works by removing the top layer of the skin which forces the body to create a new layer with better collagen production. It is important to consider that this treatment, like the topical treatment, is lengthy and may take a high number of treatments. This is because the layer of the skin that we are removing is so thin that visually, you cannot notice a difference initially. The exfoliation must be done consistently to compound results over time.
Deep laser treatments work by creating microscopic wounds on the skin that contain the acne scar tissue. This tiny wounds are important because it is what triggers the bodies wound response which leads to the development of new collagen and removing the scar. Recall that a scar is formed due to poor collagen production leftover from active acne. By using a laser, the wound is much cleaner, faster, and heals properly. Scar tissue reduction typically occurs within 2-3 treatments. However, it is advised that patients take great care before and after treatment. Any efforts to improve the healing process of the body is recommended. This means topical anti-infection cream, nutrient rich diet, clean skin, and other similar efforts are warranted for success of treatment.
Laser treatments are known for being quick, and many of our treatment sessions take less than half an hour.
The exact length of your treatment will vary depending on your specific condition, type of laser, and extent of your treatment.
To get the best results with laser skin treatments, most patients will require multiple sessions over the course of several weeks.
The exact number of treatment visits you require will depend on the severity and type of imperfection you wish to treat, as well as factors that are unique to your skin and body.
One of the most common side effects of laser skin treatment is a sensation similar to sunburn following your procedure, which will go away in just a few days. Often, the site of your treatment will appear dark or crusty following your visit—this is naturally part of your body’s healing process, and will fade away to reveal your results over time.
Usually, patients with large varicose veins are not good candidates for laser treatment, and tend to opt for surgical treatment.
For patients with particularly severe acne, medications may be required in conjunction with your laser treatment to see desired results.
Because there are so many factors that come into play—such as the type of treatment and extent of the affected area—the price of treatment will vary from one person to the next. After meeting with our staff, we’ll determine the best way to achieve your desired results.
However, we DO provide 12-month, zero interest financing for most of our procedures—achieving healthier, clearer skin has never been more affordable.
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