Acne affects the majority of people, and can be a severe confidence deflator. Even worse is when they leave behind pitting, discoloration, and scars that stubbornly refuse to fade. Treatment for active acne and acne scars are also different skin concerns, which many may fail to address, leading to diminished results and frustration.
Acne scarring is caused by improperly healed acne that has left damage to the skin tissue. The natural immune response of the body to acne can sometimes leave behind discoloration; a flat mark of this type is called a macule and very easily treatable. In other cases, the tissue itself will be damaged and permanent scarring will occur. Patients who pick at or otherwise traumatize the acne site are much more likely to have permanent scarring, and hereditary factors can also play a part in how prone a person is to acne scars. These permanent, deep-tissue scars can be difficult to treat with over-the-counter methods and may take surgical measures to correct.
At Advanced Dermatology, various treatments are offered for the significant reduction of acne scars that do not respond to over-the-counter treatment. Effective medical procedures include chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and laser resurfacing. Depending upon the severity of the scarring, surgical procedures may be the right option for some patients, such as skin grafts or tissue fillers. Whatever the treatment option, early action against acne scarring has proven to increase efficacy. Thus patients are encouraged not to delay in contacting the dermatologists at Advanced Dermatology for a consultation.
Dermabrasion, or microdermabrasion, involves removing the top layer of the skin, the epidermis, with a rapidly rotating wire brush. Surface scars can be completely removed, and deeper scars may appear less noticeable. In some cases, the dermatologist may recommend surgery to remove deeply indented acne scars. In such cases, the scar tissue is surgically removed and the site is repaired with either stitches or a skin graft. A less invasive, but non-permanent, surgical option is a tissue filler. Collagen or fat is injected into the scar site; the skin becomes plumped up and the scar less noticeable.
Laser resurfacing has also shown to be highly effective in treating acne and acne scarring. A laser beam destroys the epidermis while heating the underlying dermis layer. As the wound heals, new skin and collagen form, reducing the appearance of acne scars and rejuvenating the skin.
Each patient needs to have a customized approach to treatment of acne scars to gain the most optimal results. A consultation with the dermatologists at Advanced Dermatology will be able to determine which of the proposed solutions is right for you. Our services are available at our clinics located throughout the New York and New Jersey area, including Westchester County and Summit, NJ.