Acne scarring can have profound negative effects on a person’s self-image and emotional state. Advances in acne scar treatment and dermatologic surgery have made it unnecessary for acne patients, both current and past to endure acne scarring. It is important to note that nothing will completely erase the majority of scars.
Harnessing the power of light, laser resurfacing is effective in treating acne scars. The lasers remove the scarred skin, and encourage growth of new skin in its place. Pixel Fractal Laser Resurfacing involves no surgical cutting or severe down time. It is a quick and effective procedure that leaves patients with smoother, younger looking skin. With a series of five or more treatments this procedure can produce incredible results discreetly.
This form of acne scar treatment uses a wire brush or a diamond wheel with rough edges (called a burr or fraise) to remove the upper layers of the skin. Diamonds are very strong abrasives when in a powder-form. A scab will form once the procedure is completed.
Your recovery and healing time after dermabrasion depends on the size and depth of the area that was treated. Someone who has a full-face dermabrasion, for example, will have a longer recovery time than someone who has just a small area of skin treated. Deeper abrasions take longer to heal.
In general, regrowth of skin occurs in 5 to 8 days. This new skin is a pink or red color, which usually fades in 6 to 12 weeks. Until then, your normal skin tones can be achieved using makeup.
This is a temporary fix, where the patient’s own body fat or collagen is injected into the scar site. This works well for some people with deep-pitted scars. The material injected serves to raise the skin, and reduce the pitted appearance, and wrinkling from the scar. However, this procedure needs to be repeated every 6 months and can be expensive.
Many topical treatments containing Vitamin E and other nutrients claim to reduce the appearance of acne scars. Mederma is a popular brand name. Many people report that it can improve scars in as little as 8 weeks for new scars, or 6 months for older scars. Results with topical ointments like this will vary from person to person.
If you are seriously considering treatment for acne scar correction, our qualified medical providers are standing by waiting to assist you. Call us at (919) 554-6754 to schedule an appointment or use our online appointment scheduler.