While acne itself is a frustrating condition, it can leave a footprint long after it’s gone in the form of acne scars. While these shallow pits can continue to be an eyesore, the Lasky Aesthetics & Laser Center offers a variety of acne scar treatment options to help patients find relief. From laser resurfacing to skincare and maintenance, we can help find the perfect noninvasive treatment for you.
At the Lasky Aesthetics & Laser Center, we understand that patients suffering from acne scars are looking for immediate treatment. For this reason, we have a comprehensive array of treatments to cater to all skin types and colors. Your acne scar treatment begins with a thorough consultation so our practitioners can determine which treatments will best suit your needs. They may have you undergo a single treatment or a combination of treatments to provide the best result.
The acne scar treatment plan recommended will be dependent on several factors, including the type of acne scars you have, whether they are primarily on the surface or extend into the deeper layers of the skin, as well as your skin color and overall skin tone.
Acne occurs when skin pores become filled with oil, dead skin cells, and bacteria. The pores becomes inflamed and eventually burst. If the pore wall bursts deeper in the skin, the infected debris leaks into the deep tissues, which creates larger lesions.
Scarring occurs as the body creates collagen to repair the damage. Depending on skin type and other factors, the scarring can be relatively shallow and easy to correct. Where ruptures occur deep in the pore, scarring is more severe. The healing process creates significant changes in the texture and smoothness of the skin, forming deep depressions, or giving the skin a rolling wave-like appearance.
There are two categories of scarring; one type adds tissue, the other type forms around lost tissue.
Hypertrophic scarring is the result of excessive collagen production during healing. Raised bumps or ridges around scars are the result of this over production of healing fiber. Atrophic scarring occurs as tissue is lost in healing.
Common forms of atrophic scarring are ‘ice pick’ and ‘boxcar’ scars. Ice pick scarring creates tiny holes in the skin, while boxcar scars are larger with vertical sides comparable to chicken pox scars.
Your acne scar treatment plan will be customized to address your unique skin landscape. Understand that the deeper more extensive scars will take several treatments and a healthy dose of patience while the skin heals. Superficial scarring will require patience as well. Treatments such as a chemical peel or a laser resurfacing both remove the damaged tissue, allowing the body to replace it with healthy smooth tissue.
For patients who currently have acne, the best treatment for acne scars is preventing them before they occur. Below are two factors that make acne worse, and may contribute to scarring once the acne is gone.
Sun exposure. For both acne and acne scars, direct sunlight can prolong the condition and often make it worse. It is wise to avoid the sun during its peak hours, especially between 10am and 2pm. Sunscreen, hats and other forms of protection are recommended.
Picking and squeezing. While it’s certainly tempting to pop that whitehead, it actually causes further disturbance to the skin. This results in inflammation and collagen loss, which prevents the skin from healing as it should. Additionally, popping a pimple causes the spread of bacteria deeper into the skin.
At 29 years old, I was sick of how acne was still affecting my appearance, even after it was gone. My acne scars on my cheek were constantly pulling my attention away from where it needed to be. When I came to Lasky, I was immediately met with hope and confidence. Pamela was so friendly and accommodating, and Dianne clearly knew exactly what she was doing. I knew that I had to have some patience with my scars, and it’s definitely paid off. After two months, they are so much better than they were before. I’m continuing treatment going forward, and I couldn’t be happier with the results.
The Fraxel Dual laser causes the natural healing process of the body to stimulate collagen growth and a regeneration of healthy skin cells.
At Lasky, our aestheticians have extensive knowledge in skincare, including condition-specific methods of acne scar treatment.
The Vbeam is among the gentlest lasers available, effectively treating broken capillaries, redness, rosacea, angiomas, and acne scars.
At the Lasky Aesthetics and Laser Center, acne scar treatment begins with understanding the needs of your skin, educating you on your condition and providing treatment options to attain healthy, clear skin. Your personalized treatment program is then developed, taking into account lifestyle, diet, habits, and past medical history. When it comes to acne scars, our holistic approach allows our patients to fully understand their condition and treatment recommendations.
If you have acne scars and are ready to find a solution, please give us a call to schedule a consultation today.