Treatments for Acne Scarring
Our treatment protocols for acne scarring are customized to the type of scarring present, the amount of scarring, and the patient’s treatment goals. First and foremost, we ensure that the patient’s acne is under control to prevent future scarring.
We offer treatments for all types of acne scarring, usually utilizing a combination of procedures. The following procedures are recommended, depending upon severity and type of scar:
The Micropen (also known as automated micro-needling) is the latest technology in reducing fine lines and acne scars. This procedure has proven to produce younger looking skin with smaller signs of aging. The treatment has effectively reduced acne scars, stretch marks, traumatic scars, fine lines and wrinkles, while producing overall glowing skin.
The procedure takes only 15-30 minutes, depending on the size of the area being treated. There is no downtime for this procedure, but you will notice a slight redness in the treated area immediately after the procedure takes place. This redness can last from 24 hours to a few days, depending on the patient and the products utilized after the procedure.
Some patients only need one treatment before achieving the desired results. The typical patient goes through 2 to 3 procedures to get the look they prefer. The amount of procedures needed depends on the desires of the patient and the deepness of the wrinkles.
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Glycolic acid peels and microdermabrasion
– These are helpful after recent outbreaks to optimize healing and may prevent scarring
TCA ‘cross’ Procedure or Punch Excision – These are helpful for “ice pick” scars
– Gentle gradual procedures using one of our non-ablative lasers can result in gradual improvement in scars. Multiple sessions are needed at approximately monthly intervals to help mild/moderate scarring, pore size and skin tone.
Subcision – After thorough numbing of the skin, the physician can free up sunken acne scars with a fine sterile needle; this procedure often results in the greatest improvement for depressed ‘rolling’ scars, with rapid healing and improvement in the appearance of the scars in a few weeks. Multiple sessions may be needed.
Treating acne scars is a long term process, there are no quick fixes, and the realistic goal is for scar improvement not elimination.
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