Acne Scar RevisionIf you have suffered with acne in the past, you know it is a very challenging skin condition. You may have also discovered that the problems aren’t always over when the outbreaks stop. Severe acne can leave scars or hyperpigmentation (dark spots). Because each type of acne scarring is unique, we offer several solutions. After an examination, your doctor will discuss which treatment, or combination of treatments, will be most effective for you.
Microneedling is an excellent treatment for superficial scars, including those caused by acne. It breaks down scar tissue, softening the area and facilitating healing. It also causes the development of new capillaries and increased collagen production. This is especially helpful for depressed scars, because it encourages increased skin volume for a smoother appearance.
Chemical peeling is one of the most versatile skin treatments available. It can be tailored to a variety of different skin concerns, depending on the type and depth of the peel used. If you have active acne, a therapeutic salicylic peel may be recommended. For post-acne hyperpigmentation and discoloration, a Jessner’s peel might be recommended. Retinoic or glycolic acid peels may be used to improve the texture of your skin.
Resurfacing treatments can remove the uppermost layers of dead and damaged skin cells, causing healthy new tissue to grow in its place. This is an effective technique for reducing lines, wrinkles, superficial scars, and more.
An increasingly popular solution for depressed scarring is dermal filler injections. A small amount of filler is injected under the scar. This raises the surface to the same level as surrounding skin for a smooth appearance. Results can last for many months, possibly longer, depending on the specific product.
Types of scars
Although acne scarring is the most common concern of our patients, these methods can effectively erase or improve the appearance of many different scars. These include:
- Chickenpox scars
- Scars caused by minor skin injury
- Stretch marks
- Certain surgical scars
The only way to determine which scar revision is best for you is via a clinical examination. Call us at (219) 785-8188and arrange an appointment at our Crown Point practice today.