Acne Scarring? There is Help Out There
The best way to prevent acne scarring is to not pick at pimples or blemishes on your face, but there are many ways to minimize acne scarring available to you in your cosmetic surgeon’s office. Some of the most popular in-office acne scar solutions are:
Dermabrasion, which is considered the gold standard for acne-scar treatment. It involves a power-driven instrument that removes the upper layers of skin that will be replaced with smoother, fresher skin once healed. This is usually a one-time procedure that requires two to three weeks of recovery and diligent sun protection for life. Dermabrasion is especially good for those patients who have scars over their entire face.
Microdermabrasion. A series of downtime-free microdermabrasion treatments removes the uppermost layer of skin to minimize the appearance of more superficial scars.
Dermal fillers can be used alone or in conjunction with other scar treatments, fillers, or your own fat can be injected to elevate depressed acne scars. The results may be temporary, depending on the filler used. Dermal fillers are especially good for those patients with shallow scars.
Laser treatments. A variety of light-based treatments can be used to treat acne scarring. For more severe scarring, dermatologists and plastic surgeons can utilize ablative lasers. With laser treatment, the number and severity of the scars will dictate the type of treatment used.