Acne is a chronic condition which can leave life-long scars. Acne is usually caused by skin pores filled with excess oil, dead cells, and bacteria. Te pore then causes a break in the follicle wall which can be shallow without leaving big scars, or very deep. Acne scars are indentations in the skin and can be unattractive. Many treatments are available for treating acne scars which can reduce existing flaws.
There are two main types of acne scars:
Acne scars may or may not bother you. A great number of people finds them to be bearable and do not wish to undergo any sort of acne scars treatment. However, people that are bothered by their skin’s appearance due to acne scars may benefit from acne scar treatment. There are various reasons for treating acne scars and they may be physical, emotional or social.
A person may want to improve their appearance or increase their self-esteem that has been decreased due to acne scars. During your consultations, your doctor will advise you on the best option for you. Proper treatment can minimize scarring, and there is a number of methods for acne scars treatment such as microdermabrasion, chemical peels, laser resurfacing, and fillers.
In this procedure, a special machine is used to apply tiny particles to remove the upper layer of skin from acne scars. This is anon-invasive procedure that causes minimal discomfort and it is painless.
Microdermabrasion is safe for all skin types and does not cause scarring. The procedure requires minimal downtime. Risks associated with the procedure include:
After the procedure, patients should keep the new skin clean and moisturized, and apply anti-inflammatory creams.
Chemical peels can significantly improve the appearance of acne scars. In this procedure, a chemical solution is used to remove the outer layer of the skin which is then replaced by new skin. As a result, you have less scarred facial skin. Possible risks associated with the procedure include:
After the procedure, patients usually experience redness of skin followed by swelling. Bandages are applied to treated areas for several days.
Another method for acne scars treatment is a laser resurfacing procedure that uses a wand-like instrument to remove the upper layer of skin. Laser resurfacing or laser peeling removes old skin cells and reveals new cells. This procedure is beneficial for various reasons and one of them includes stimulating the production of collagen which gives you a smoother skin and a more even appearance. Risks associated with laser resurfacing include:
The swelling usually disappears 24-48 hours after the treatment and skin may peel off for up to a week. New skin should be kept clean and moisturized for the best results.
In this procedure, soft-tissue filler injections are injected directly into acne scars using a very small needle. The procedure temporarily improves the appearance of the skin. It is a minimally-invasive method for treating acne scars that do not require a long downtime. Fillers are generally considered safe. There is minimal risk associated with soft-tissue filler injection treatment as the new class of hyaluronic acid fillers is based on a sugar found in human skin which rarely causes an allergic reaction. However, even though rare, certain risks are associated with the procedure and they include:
In order to minimize the risks for possible complications after the procedure, you should turn to a highly qualified doctor to perform the procedure. You should also be aware of the risks involved with the procedure before you make the final decision.