If acne scars bother you, safe and effective treatment is available. Treatment can diminish acne scars that cause depressions in the skin. Treatment can also safely reduce raised acne scars. Many treatments are available.
Treatments include laser treatments, minor skin surgeries, chemical peels, and fillers. We offer various treatments at our medical practice. As we age, acne scars often become more noticeable because our skin loses collagen. The key to effective treatment is to select the best one for each scar type. For example, a patient who has some deep scars may benefit from getting a filler, which adds volume to the skin. This may be followed by laser treatments.
Before getting treatment for acne scars, it is important to clear your acne. New acne breakouts can lead to new acne scars. Having acne also means that your skin is inflamed. Inflammation reduces the effectiveness of treatment for acne scars.
To obtain the best results, schedule a medical exam to first examines your skin. After the exam, some patients are surprised to learn that their acne scars are actually a different skin problem.
Best results often come from using 2 or more treatments.
Resurfacing procedures: When a patient wants to diminish the appearance of widespread acne scarring, a dermatologist may recommend a resurfacing procedure. Resurfacing removes layers of skin, which allows the body to produce new skin cells. Resurfacing works well for treating acne scars that are nearly flat (not too deep). Even dermabrasion, which removes the top layers of skin and some of the middle layers, cannot effectively treat deep acne scars.
We offer the following resurfacing procedures to treat depressed acne scars:
- Laser skin resurfacing
- Chemical peeling
- Microderm Abrasion (differs from kits bought for at-home use)
Skin tightening: This is a newer treatment and tends to be more affordable. This treatment is safe for all skin colors. We use a technology called radiofrequency to tighten the skin. As the skin tightens, depressed acne scars become less noticeable.
Radiofrequency requires repeat appointments. Most patients return once a month for 4 months. After a radiofrequency treatment, many patients say they feel a burning sensation for about 1 hour and their skin has a pinkish color for 2 to 3 days.
Read more about our Radiofrequency treatment eMatrix.
Collagen-induction therapy: Also known as “needling” or “micro-needling,” this treatment encourages your body to make more collagen. To perform this procedure, our esthetician moves a sterile, handheld needle-studded roller across the depressed acne scars. This punctures your skin. As your skin heals, it produces collagen.
It takes time to see the results, sometimes as long as 9 months. Most people, however, notice gradual changes before 9 months. Many patients require between 3 and 6 treatments and return every 2 to 6 weeks for a treatment.
After each treatment, you may have some swelling and possibly bruising. These side effects usually clear within 4 to 5 days. You will need to follow a skin care plan while undergoing treatment.
Read more about our Collagen-induction therapy treatment micro-needling.