How Does Acne Scarring Occur?
One unfortunate consequence of acne is the potential development of scarring. Some skin scars more easily than others, and some types of acne are more likely to scar than others.
For this reason, acne should be assessed and treated as soon as possible, while it is still in its early stages, and in most cases by a dermatologist. Once the acne has caused scarring, it is much more difficult to repair as compared to effectively treating acne in its early stages. Fortunately, in the vast majority of cases, scarring associated with acne can be improved.
Treatment Options for Acne Scarring
Should you have scarring as a result of acne, two important points need to be considered.
1) It is critical that the acne itself has been adequately treated and that it is completely under control
2) The scarring is treated with the most effective treatment as determined by a skilled dermatologist with expertise in treating acne scarring.
Scarring caused by acne may be addressed only after the acne has been effectively treated. Dr. Lubitz, an accredited dermatologist, has years of training and experience treating a variety of types of scarring that result from acne. Dr. Lubitz and his staff are highly trained in the execution of the most advanced and proven treatment modalities to improve unsightly, disfiguring, and potentially painful acne scars.
Acne scar treatments are specific to a particular patient, and each patient’s acne scars presents a slightly different clinical challenge that needs to be considered in order to obtain the most significant improvement possible.
The most common treatment options for acne scarring include:
- Laser therapy – light energy to tighten the damaged skin by removing micro columns of tissue which stimulates your natural collagen and elastin process or to remove redness, pigmentation or scar tissue.
- Chemical peels – peeling agents to tighten the damaged skin or to remove pigmentation or scar tissue.
- Microneedling – Microneedling strengthens the structure of the skin by stimulating collagen and elastin, the result is smoother skin surface. It also can address pigmentation changes in the skin caused by acne.
- Surgery – surgical excision of the scar or skin grafting (so called punch grafting) used to remove damaged, scarred skin.
- Fillers – volumetric fillers injected into a depressed scar to bring the scar up to normal skin level.
Acne Scarring Assessment
You no longer have to live with acne scars—effective treatment is available. Call Art of SKIN Dermatology, Laser and Cosmetic Surgery to schedule an acne scarring assessment.
If there are some components of your scarring skin condition that would benefit from or require a medical assessment, in addition to the cosmetic assessment, Dr. Lubitz will suggest that you get a medical referral from your family doctor. For example, if you are still suffering from active acne outbreaks, this will need to be treated prior to treating the scarring. A referral for treatment of the acne itself, the medical condition, would be required.
During your consultation, our team will explain the nature of your particular scarring condition, educate you on available treatment options, and create a customized treatment plan for you.
At Art of SKIN Dermatology, Laser and Cosmetic Surgery, we offer the following treatment options to improve and reduce acne scarring.