Acne is an extremely common skin condition prevalent among teenagers and young adults. One unfortunate aspect of acne is that the condition can create effects that linger long after the acne has resolved itself. Acne scars are formed when abnormal collagen fibers are laid down to heal an injury. Acne scars affect about one in three of those with moderate to severe acne.
Types of Acne Scars
If you have suffered from acne, you probably also have some scars as a result. One type of acne scar is the ice-pick scar. This type is characterized by pitted scars that can be deep or narrow. Rolling scars are those with a sloping edge or broad depressions. Boxcar scars have sharply defined edges and broad depressions.
Acne Scar Treatment
There numerous treatment options available to minimize or eliminate acne scars. Even if we cannot completely remove your acne scars, we can offer you treatments to make a tremendous difference in minimizing their appearance.
Laser Scar Removal
Lasers are often considered to be the most effective scar removal treatment. We use pulses of laser light to heat below the skin surface. This triggers your body’s innate healing process to remove damaged scar tissue, replacing it with new collagen and revealing new skin underneath.
Many sufferers from acne scars have benefited from microdermabrasion treatment. We use a device to spray tiny crystals onto the surface of your skin affected by acne scars. This has the effect of removing the very outermost skin layer consisting of dead skin cells and cellular debris.
Skin needling is a type of skin rejuvenation procedure that works for acne scars. It usually involves multiple treatments spaced several weeks apart to allow time for healing.
The procedure itself involves the use of a handheld device to create hundreds of microscopic punctures in your skin affected by acne scars. This sends your body into a healing cascade that results in the rapid turnover of old, damaged skin cells that are replaced by new skin tissue that displays fewer signs of acne scars.