Diminishing the Appearance of Acne Scars

Most teenagers and young adults have bouts of acne breakouts. In some cases, these breakouts are so severe they can leave scars behind on the skin. Years after these acne flair ups, the skin can still have a pitted appearance or red marks from past pimples. If you have acne scars that are detracting from the beauty of your skin, there are treatments to remove discolorations and smooth the skin to diminish the appearance of acne scars.

Whenever damage to the skin occurs, it can leave a scar. When the skin heals, scar tissue is created. For acne, this can leave red, white or discolored spots where large pimples occurred and even a dent in the skin. To remove these scars, specialized treatments are needed to remove old skin cells and heal the skin.

Options for Treating Acne Scars

There are a few different options for diminishing acne scars. Resurfacing the skin and dermal abrasion are often recommended to remove scarred skin cells. Nourishment and rejuvenation of the new skin cells can also help fade acne scars. Some effective cosmetic treatments that can help improve the skin and reduce acne scars include:

  • Laser resurfacing
  • Chemical peels
  • RF (radio frequency) resurfacing
  • Dermal abrasion
  • Microneedling with PRP therapy
  • Dermal fillers for filling deep acne scars

These procedures can be used independently or in a combination. A facial plastic surgeon can evaluate your skin and determine the best treatment to fade your acne scars. Many of these treatments also enhance the overall health and beauty of the skin. Laser treatments can be especially effective for both treating acne breakouts and removing leftover scars.

If you have acne scars, consider the options available to improve the appearance of your skin. Visit a facial plastic surgeon to explore treatments available to fade away those old acne scars.

Posted on behalf of:
Beverly Hills Center for Plastic & Laser Surgery
120 South Spalding Drive #236
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
(310) 288-0641

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