Acne can be devastating for those who suffer from it. Even once you’ve cleared up your acne, it can leave lingering scars that can have a harsh impact on your self-confidence. While acne and acne scarring can impact the skin at any age, it is most prominently seen during puberty. It can have an impact on your physical appearance and your self-esteem. The underlying cause of acne is typically a combination of hormones and genetics. Treating the source of the acne can go a long way towards reducing the damage of this terrible skin condition.
There are several types of scars that can result from acne. Some of them could include the following.
Treating acne scars is a multi-stage process. You will need to have an examination and our Doctor will discuss your medical history relevant to your acne scarring. With an understanding of your needs, your treatment plan will be mapped.
This will ensure that you know what your next steps will be. It could involve several treatments and several follow up appointments.
Your treatment is dependent on the characteristic, type and depth of the scarring. This will enable the Doctor to determine the right acne scar treatment to treat your condition. Treatments can include laser, skin peels, and dermal filler. There may also be take-home skincare products that can help you to improve your skin.
Laser treatment is very effective at reducing the appearance of acne scars. The number of treatments that you will need to see results will be established during your initial consultation. The number of treatments that you need may be adjusted. Your skin will respond to treatment, which will provide the cues we need to for your treatment plan. Each laser treatment will take approximately 15 minutes.
Most patients feel only minor discomfort aided by the application of a powerful topical numbing cream. The treatment typically takes 15-20 minutes to perform. The cream is typically applied up to 40 minutes prior to Laser treatment. Most patients will have 2-4 days of redness and the skin feels like fine sandpaper during this time, using the Fraxel restore laser, with the smoother skin progressively appearing shortly after this time.
The Fraxel laser activates the production of new collagen, while at the same time, reshaping the old collagen that exists in the treatment area. This process is consistent for most patients and the result will be firmer and smoother skin. Patients can expect 30%-60% improvement in most cases.
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Occasionally the scars may require a deeper treatment using the Acupulse CO2 Laser. Deep pitting is not always effectively treated with laser treatments. If you have deep scar pitting, dermal filler can be used as an option in some cases, to reduce the appearance of the scar depression, in addition to the laser treatment.
Any man or woman who has acne scarring will qualify for treatment. The type of treatment will depend on just how extensive the scarring is. You should be in good overall health, and be a non-smoker. If you currently smoke it’s best that you quit smoking when you are able, as smoking can impact the blood vessels and your body’s ability to heal.
In our experience, active acne responds very well to Fraxel Laser treatment, however, you should expect the pustules (active acne) to be slightly worse for the first few days after treatment before it clears.
The results you see will depend on the treatment that you had. The extent of your scarring can also impact just how soon you see results. It can take several weeks of allowing your skin to heal between treatments before you are able to see the great results that you deserve to see when you look in the mirror.
If you undergo laser treatments, you may require several treatments before you start to see the true results of your skin healing. You should ensure that you are maintaining a healthy diet and staying well-hydrated. You may be prescribed a selection of skincare products to use at home. These products can help to encourage healing between laser therapy and chemical peels.
Are you ready to treat your acne scars? Smooth skin can be yours, with the right treatment that targets your individual concerns. Call us to schedule your consultation, and be on your way towards the beautiful healthy skin that you deserve.
Consultations with a dermal clinician are complimentary.