Dilated Pore Reduction
There are many reasons pores dilate, but more often they occur in individuals with oily skin and/or with a history of acne and tend to affect men slightly more than women. Dilated or enlarged pores can become distracting for your overall appearance, or cause you to become dissatisfied with your physical appearance, particularly when they are located on the face and especially the nose.
Fortunately, there are several treatment options available to shrink or reduce dilated pores, including medical, surgical and laser treatment options. Dilated pores (or excessive poriness as it is known in our industry) rarely have any medical consequences for the patient. However, many patients do not like the appearance of dilated pores, and wish undergo treatment to improve their appearance.
Cosmetically, we can improve these dilated pores with a variety of treatment modalities including topical treatment with tretinoin or glycolic acid serums, chemical peels, Microneedling and a variety of laser therapies, especially the fractionated CO2 laser.
In some cases, surgical procedures, such as punch grafting, are recommended where the dilated pore is surgically removed and the hole filled with grafted tissue from a nearby site. The best treatment for an individual patient depends on multiple factors, but includes the size and number of dilated pores, the area where they are located, and the length of time they have been present.
Consultation with a dermatologist is recommended for all patients considering treatment for dilated pores in order to determine the best treatment option for each individual.
Treatment Using A Fractional CO2 Laser
In patients with widespread dilated pores or multiple pores localized to one anatomic area, we often recommend treatment using a Fractional CO2 Laser, such as the Cynosure SmartSkin. Fractional laser treatment can be extremely effective for removing dilated and enlarged pores. This treatment not only removes the damaged collagen which causes pores to slowly enlarge, but it also stimulates new, healthier collagen formation resulting in dramatic shrinkage of the dilated pores.