Acne Scar Treatment & Removal
Many types of acne develop into a swollen pustule that seems ready to be popped. You may believe that squeezing the blemish can help to remove bacteria and oil, but in fact this can cause bacteria and debris to push deeper into the pore, typically causing the pimple to last longer and risking the development of an infection or scar. Even if you are careful to not touch or irritate acne lesions, scars may still develop. Treating active acne often can be easier than addressing healed scars; however, there are numerous advanced options available to help reduce the appearance of these marks.
Any blemish or discoloration that is present for less than one year typically will be considered still in the healing stages. After this period, however, the scar likely will be permanent. Our skilled family physician, Dr. Shehla Ebrahim, can determine whether your area of concern is still healing or not and which type or combination of treatments will be best suited for your needs based on your anatomic factors, desired outcome, and available downtime.
If you have additional questions about our acne scar treatments, or if you would like to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Ebrahim, please contact us today.
Laser Skin Peel
One of the best methods for smoothing the textural unevenness caused by acne scars is a laser skin peel. Utilizing the most advanced technology available, we can vaporize damaged cells while stimulating the production of collagen deep within the skin. This precision technique can target the area of concern with exceptional accuracy, carefully removing a single layer of skin at a time. Laser skin resurfacing can be performed on many areas of the face and body, including the neck, chest, and back.
Most ablative laser techniques necessitate greater downtime than non-invasive methods; however, ProFractional™ laser skin resurfacing is considered to be a relatively gentle approach, one which can produce a dramatic reduction in pigmentation caused by acne scars, often with minimal recovery time. Another collagen stimulator, the fractional laser delivers energy into the treated area to create thousand of microscopic “hot spots,” which the body then repairs with new, healthy cells. While the areas of concern will be addressed, surrounding healthy tissue typically will be left unharmed. In most cases, multiple treatments will be recommended to optimize the outcome, and Dr. Ebrahim can determine the number of sessions you will need during your initial consultation. Unlike with CO2 lasers, the downtime for the ProFractional™ laser usually lasts only a few days.
Cystic acne can often lead to atrophic scars, which are characterized by indentations or pitting. Rather than creating a textural change that develops outwardly, these scars sink inwards, creating a hollow. One of the best ways to treat this concern may be with dermal fillers, which can add volume to the pit in the same way they fill a fine line or wrinkle. Dermal fillers rarely will be used as the first method; rather, this technique can be helpful in situations where other modalities have not completely succeeded. Additionally, injectables typically require little downtime and may offer rejuvenating benefits as well as a reduction in the appearance of acne scars. It’s also important to note, while the results of many dermal fillers are long-lasting, they are still temporary, and treatment will need to be repeated regularly to maintain the results.
For more information about our treatment options for acne scars, or if you would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Ebrahim, please contact our office today.