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!
Acne scars are painful reminders for those who suffered through periods of acne, whether it was during the hormonal high school years or even into your adulthood, it’s important to realize that you don’t have to keep on living with noticeable scars on your face. Aside from cutting into the skin and temporary solutions such as dermal fillers, laser therapy is a viable and effective option for permanently removing scars with new, fresh skin.
Laser resurfacing has been known to provide the best results for hyperpigmentated-scars, such as te Alexandrite pigmentate laser or the Pulse-dye laser for red scars. Laser resurfacing has been used for a long time to treat acne scars, especially the Fraxel laser for skin unevenness, large pores and scars. The Fraxel Re:store provides desired results afer 3 to 5 sesssions at 20 to 30 percent improvement each time. It works by creating areas of microdamage into the skin. The skin responds by creating new collage, which is the foundation protein that provides structure to the skin.
The CO2 laser works very well for skin resurfacing purposes by improving the appearance of acne scars, however it’s a deeper-treating laser so it will require one week of downtime from regular activity as opposed to the Fraxel Re:pair, an advanced version of the CO2 laser that has the benefit of reduced downtime.
The Vbeam Perfecta is another laser, but is specifically designed to treated redness, birthmarks, vascular lesions, scars, facial veins and neck and chest redness in addition to acne scars.