Fix Unsightly Acne Scars with Chemical Peels

Even when you finally get your acne under control, you may be left with reminders of the period when you struggled with acne. Many adults have acne scars left on their skin, noticeably changing the texture and smoothness of the skin. These dents and discolorations are difficult to hide, but they can be removed with the help of professional cosmetic treatments. Chemical peels are one option for removing acne scars and improving the texture of your skin.

How Do Chemical Peels Work?

Chemical peels use ingredients that gently remove the top skin cells to rejuvenate the skin. Popular substances that are used in these cosmetic treatments include glycolic acid and trichloroatic acid (TCA), along with other ingredients that help exfoliate and nourish the skin. To remove acne scarring, chemical peels are usually done in a series of three to six peels, one every few weeks. Each session helps remove some of the damaged skin cells and reveal new skin cells. There is often redness and peeling of the skin for a few days after each procedure as the old skin cells flake off.

Chemical peels work best on mild to moderate acne scarring. While they can minimize the appearance of severe acne scarring, it is not the most effective treatment. Laser therapy is often recommended by facial plastic surgeons to treat severe acne scars and smooth the skin.

You don’t need to live with the evidence of acne on your face for the rest of your life. Schedule a consultation with a facial plastic surgeon to discuss options to remove acne scars and improve the beauty of your skin. Chemical peels and laser therapy are both popular acne scar treatments to minimize the appearance of acne scars and reveal healthier skin.

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Kalos Facial Plastic Surgery LLC
5670 Peachtree Dunwoody Road Northeast #910
Atlanta, GA 30342
(404) 936-6665

Acne Scar Removal

Acne is bad enough, but one of the worst things is the scarring that often occurs as a result of moderate to severe acne.  This scaring, which is permanent unless treated, can impact a person’s confidence and self-esteem for years.  Advances in the plastic surgery field have made effective acne scar treatment possible.  Depending upon the severity of the scarring, treatment options include several types of chemical peels, various laser treatments and localized filling of the scar depressions. 

Patients with mild to moderate acne scars often respond well to chemical peels or Laser Genesis treatment.  The number and type of chemical peels depends on the depth and extent of the scarring, but in most cases, a series of moderate to intense peels, is required to smooth out the scarring.  Laser Genesis treatment is also an effective treatment that is none-invasive and requires no downtime.  It works by generating heat on the dermal layer of the skin, which encourages the formation of collagen, that smoothes out the scarring.  In most cases, 6 treatments with the laser will be required to see the maximum results. 

 Moderate to severe acne scarring usually responds best to the Cutera Pearl Fusion laser treatment, which is a semi-ablative and intense laser treatment that works on the dermal layer of the skin.  Often optimal results a achieved in a single treatment, but due to the intensity of the treatment, patients need between 10-14 days to completely heal. 

The last option is for the surgeon to inject a filler agent into the scar in order to “fill” the scar.  However, this is usually done on specific deep scars, where the chemical or laser treatments did not eliminate all of the scarring.

Posted on behalf of Benjamin Stong, MD, Kalos Facial Plastic Surgery, LLC