Acne can unfortunately lead to significant scarring. Scars can vary in size and appearance. Atrophic scars are shallow, while ice pick scars are deep and narrow. Patients with darker skin might notice pigmentary changes around the scars, while fair-skinned patients may develop redness.
Some situations may make acne scars even worse, including picking, squeezing the blemish, and sun exposure. Instead, patients should avoid touching their blemishes to facilitate healing and protect their skin by applying sunscreen.
However, if acne scars do occur, many patients seek assistance from a dermatologist. The team at the Center For Dermatology Cosmetic And Laser Surgery has a variety of ways to help patients correct acne scarring. We are one of the few centers that specialize in these techniques. We use a combination of techniques for the best results.
The first step for patients who want to address acne scars is patience. Acne scars can fade over time, and not all of them are permanent. However, if a scar has existed for a year or longer, the patient may want to consider treatment through Center For Dermatology Cosmetic And Laser Surgery.
Creams such as cortisone cream and fading creams may help the redness and dark pigmentation that has been left behind by the scarring process. Atrophic and ice pick scars cannot be filled with creams, and they require a more aggressive approach.
This is a technique used to release deeper scar tissue that pulls down on the skin’s surface, making deep scars more shallow and less obvious.
In this procedure, skin is taken from behind the ear and inserted under the scar, lifting it up and making it less obvious.
Once the scars are released or grafted, fractional lasers or resurfacing are used to even out the skin surface, increase collagen production, and result in the filling of acne scars. Please see visit our laser dermatology section (micro laser peel, profractional laser) or go to www.sciton.com to learn more about laser therapies.