Acne Scars: New York Dermatologist Dr. Cameron Rokhsar Explains

Acne is a skin condition characterized by clogged pores like blackheads and whiteheads, as well as lumps appearing deeper in the skin on the face, neck, chest, upper arms, shoulders, and back. Though commonly associated only with teenagers, acne is prevalent among adults as well and can even be seen in people into their 40’s. One of the major concerns about acne is that even less severe cases can leave scars and even cause disfigurement. The reality is that acne is so widespread that 60 million Americans suffer from it and 20 million of them have cases severe enough to cause scarring.

What Causes Acne Scars?

Acne causes inflammation in the dermis that deforms the collagen in the skin. This can result in the formation of depressions or “pits”, commonly referred to as acne scars. There are a variety of classifications for acne scars including boxcar, ice pick, and rolling scars.

In efforts to improve the appearance of these scars, lasers are often employed to resurface the skin and even out its texture. New York Acne Scar doctors have traditionally turned to lasers like CO2 and erbium to treat them, but these leave patients with 1 to 2 weeks of down time after the procedure. Other non-ablative lasers, including SmoothBeam and CoolTouch, avoid the issue of downtime by not removing any skin but they do so at the cost of effectiveness.

Hope For New York Acne Scars Patients

The above facts may not sound like much cause for celebration, but we have great news for acne sufferers in New York and abroad! Dr. Rokhsar, having been instrumental in the development of the Fraxel laser even in its prototype stage, has discovered its incredible effectiveness in the treatment of acne scars. He conducted the first study on the use of fractional resurfacing to treat these scars and found that Fraxel laser treatment can result in up to 50% more improvement for acne and surgical scars over other methods.

Punch Excision Helping Eliminate Scars from Acne

Punch excision is a surgical procedure used for deep acne scars. This method of treatment for acne scars requires local anesthesia. A tool called a punch biopsy tool is used to cut out the scar.  The normal edges of skin are then stitched together. This allows a more controlled healing process. The edges of skin being sewn together are undamaged by scarring; so they are able to heal in a normal manner. All skin lesions heal with scars. There will be a scar following this procedure, but it will eventually fade and become unnoticeable. In addition, the area will have skin that is more likely to respond to other therapies, such as Fraxel resurfacing.

Using Lasers to Treat Acne Scars

The Fraxel laser enables New York acne scars patients to heal rapidly by only resurfacing 20-30% at a time, with treatments occurring every 2-4 weeks until complete. This gradual method eliminates the skin sensitivity that often occurs traditional laser resurfacing is employed. Fraxel laser treatment also stimulates collagen production at the treatment sites, allowing your body to naturally fill in pitted scars caused by acne.

Eliminate Acne Scars with Fraxel

Acne is one of the most common skin diseases in the United States. It is estimated that 60 million Americans suffer from acne and 20 million suffer from it badly enough to cause scarring. Acne scarring is the result of inflammation in the lower layer of the skin called the dermis which causes the collagen to become deformed or scarred resulting in depressions in the skin. Acne scars are typically classified into boxcar, ice pick and rolling scars. Lasers are a commonly used modality in the treatment of acne scars. Laser resurfacing has long been used in the treatment of acne scars.

Traditional resurfacing lasers like CO2 or erbium can cause improvement in acne scars but require 1-2 weeks down time. Non ablative lasers such as SmoothBeam and CoolTouch, do not remove skin but at best are minimally effective in the treatment of acne scars. A new resurfacing procedure, named fractional resurfacing or Fraxel is currently the most effective laser in the treatment of acne scars. The Fraxel laser, Fraxel dual laser and Fraxel re:pair are the most

Dr. Rokhsar has been instrumental in the development of this laser having worked on a prototype device and has discovered its effectiveness for acne scars. Dr. Rokhsar has published the first study on treatment of acne scars with fractional resurfacing and has developed the parameters for use of this laser in the treatment of acne scars on prototype device. This laser resurfaces the skin gradually, 20-30% at a time, which allows for rapid healing while eliminating the risk of rawness associated with traditional laser resurfacing procedures. The zones of thermal laser damage serve as a stimulus for collagen production filling in the pitted appearance of acne scars with your own collagen.

In a study conducted by Dr. Rokhsar, the Fraxel laser can result in improvements of up to 50% in the appearance of acne and surgical scars. Dr. Rokhsar will tailor the procedure for to your skin depending on the type of acne scars that you may have. He may recommend subcision in addition for rolling scars as well as combining the Fraxel resurfacing procedure with punch excisions for ice pick scars. Treatments are typically done every two to four weeks Scars on any body surface area can be treated with the Fraxel laser, although scars on the face respond the best.

You will begin to see results one week post-treatment.  Results are cumulative and take about six months to see peak improvement. Your skin will gradually get better and better as the skin regenerates from the inside out. These lasers are safe and effective on all skin types, including African-American, Indian, Asian, and Mediterranean.

Using Fillers to Treat Acne Scars

Acne is the most common skin disorder affecting adolescents and young adults.  In fact, 85 percent of all teenagers have had some degree of acne, most commonly a very mild form. It may seem incredibly difficult to have patience when you start your treatment for acne. However, keep in mind that if you stick closely to your individualized treatment plan, you will see results. When dealing with severe acne, even though there is healing, the patient is always left with scarring.

Dermal fillers are a solution to atrophic or deep pocket scars because of their ability to smooth out and fill in the holes of the skin or smooth out areas that have built scar tissue in a raised formation. This specialized treatment works for segments at a time, and fillers such as Radiesse have been known to keep noticeable results last up to one year. However other fillers such as Restylane, Juvederm, Perlane, and Juvederm Ultra Plus have proved effective. The fillers are made up on hyaluronic acid, a substance naturally produced in the body.

Dermal fillers are intravenous substances that add volume to areas that are sunken in or loose, such as deep wrinkles or acne scars. The appearance of atrophic (sunken-in) acne scars can be immediately improved after a dermal filler is injected.  Depending on the type of filler used, results last for 6 to 16 months.  Fillers only improve the texture of the scars; they will not affect any abnormal color within a scar.  Injection of a filler takes just minutes and has no downtime!  You can leave the office and immediately return to your normal daytime schedule.

Dr. Cameron Rokhsar is an expert in treatment of acne scars with fillers and other modalities like lasers and laser resurfacing. Dr. Rokhsar can help you choose the right fillers or laser treatments for your acne scars.

For Your Acne Scars New York is the Last Stop

Dr. Rokhsar is internationally recognized as the authority on the use of Fraxel and other laser types in the treatment of acne scars. While there is no cure for acne scars, significant improvement in their appearance can be had under his care. Based on your specific needs, he will tailor a treatment plan designed to get you looking your best.

Don’t live under the cloud of self-consciousness and embarrassment any longer. Call New York Acne Scars expert Dr. Cameron Rokhsar today for a consultation, and take the first step toward revealing a clearer more confident you.