Acne is one of the infamous marks of a high school student who is experiencing many hormone fluctuations until their body finds the right balance when they reach adulthood. However, some adults still struggle with acne throughout their lives and if they don’t still have acne, many are left with acne scars. It is estimated that 60 million Americans suffer from acne and 20 million suffer from it badly enough to cause scarring. The collagen that forms the structure of your skin becomes deformed or scarred from picking, scabbing or general acne suffering. The scars can range from deep pits to angular or wave-like scars. The treatment option you and your dermatologist agree on completely depends upon the type of scar and your skin type.
In order to treat rolling scars, which are scars that change the surface of the skin because of tissue bands pulling it in different directions, dermal fillers work well. Fillers such as Restylane, Juvederm, Perlane, Radiesse, or Sculptra works to fill in the depressions in the skin. They can also effectively fill in box scar indentations which are round, oval and have sharp depressions with a crater-like base. However, it’s important to note that dermal fillers are temporary because they are made out of hyalauronic acid, which will naturally digest in your body between six months to a year after injection. Punch excisions is a different approach, which cuts the edges of a scar 1.5-3.5mm and then sutures the edges back together to create a less noticeable scar that will fade naturally and evenly. A subcision is for rolling scars in order to break up the bands that pull a the skin. Bleeding and bruising may occur as a result.
Aside from these options, there are other non-invasive laser treatments to explore! Read tomorrow for an overview of laser therapy options for acne scars!