Acne is a condition that no one is spared from and about 85 percent of people between the ages of 12 and 24 have had at least one minor acne breakout. The problem is that in some cases, the acne breakouts may lead to scarring and these effects are very often permanent, especially if they are meddled with.
Luckily, there are plenty of acne scar treatments that can help you obtain that smooth skin you have always wanted. Since no skin is the same, Dr. Ariel Ostad can adapt the treatment to your situation. In this blog, we will talk about various acne scar treatments so that you may choose the one that works best for your needs.
Acne scarring occurs because of different complications resulting from an acne breakout. The type of acne is not always relevant, although you are more likely to experience scarring if you get inflammatory acne.
The deeper the acne, the likelier it will be to damage the tissue. During this process, your body’s natural defense mechanism will kick in and attempt to heal the wound. If the production of collagen is just right, then the acne should heal without scars. On the other hand, if there is too little or too much collagen, this can lead to scarring.
Acne scars can be of different types, depending on the nature of the acne. Ice pick scars are the smallest, whereas boxcar scars are among the biggest ones. Rolling scars are also very common and they appear when more scars begin merging on your skin.
There are different acne scar treatments, depending on the needs of your skin. At Dr. Ariel Ostad’s office, you may opt for one or a combination of the following treatments:
Laser resurfacing is very popular and is commonly used for patients who have tried dermabrasion with no desirable effect. This can involve treatments such as the Fraxel® laser, which stimulates skin regeneration and cell turnover. After the treatment, your immune system will start repelling the dead skin cells, leaving you with more rejuvenated skin. Fraxel® CO2 Laser is a more aggressive treatment option with more recovery however with faster results.
Aside from classic lasers, there are also procedures that use pulsed energy. An example is Morpheus8™, which can make the scars less noticeable. Morpheus8™ also employs the use of microneedling and radiofrequency to trigger your skin’s healing process and stimulate collagen production. This way, the procedure can reduce post-acne scarring as the skin is healing properly. Keep in mind that the results are quite subtle with this treatment, which is why you may need repeated sessions to obtain the desired effects.
Dermal fillers inject a hyaluronic acid gel solution into the skin, making your skin look plumper and reducing the look of the scars. The results are temporary, which is why multiple touch-ups may be needed to maintain the effect. Dermal fillers can also boost collagen production, which can help heal the scars over time.
Dermabrasion is frequently used on those individuals who have severe skin scarring. A rotating brush or similar device will be used to remove the top layer completely. This will bring the layer underneath to the surface, reducing the appearance of scars. Procedures like DiamondGlow® and Oxylight® offer the benefits of dermabrasion for scar-free skin.
Chemical peels are also very popular when it comes to reducing acne scars. Depending on the severity of the scars, you can go for mild peels or deeper peels. During this procedure, a solution will be applied to your face to remove the top outer layer of your skin. As it peels away, the scars will become less noticeable.
You don’t have to live with your acne scars for the rest of your life. Luckily, you can have them cosmetically removed by using the right treatment. All you need to do is call us to schedule an appointment, and we will find the best treatment option for your acne scars!
For more information about acne scar treatments, you can contact Dr. Ariel Ostad at 212-517-7900. To set up an appointment, you can also use our online contact form and we will get in touch as soon as possible.
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