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Your skin is one of your most valued assets. However, as your body goes through hormonal changes and the hardships of life take their toll, many people, of all ages, are faced with acne problems. Not only can acne itself be physically and emotionally frustrating, but the scarring that result from this skin condition often requires treatment and is likely to impact your self-esteem.
If you are currently living with acne or have had acne in the past and are worried about acne scarring, please contact us today to speak with a board certified surgeon who can inform you of your treatment options.
What Causes Acne Scarring?
Scars typically form at the site of an injury, and in the case of acne, bacteria infect the pores of the skin, which becomes plugged and inflamed. In some cases, this alone can cause scarring. Picking at acne can also cause scarring. There are several types of acne scars:
- Ice pick scars"�?These often appear as depressed pockets in the skin and are small with a somewhat jagged edge.
- Keloid scars"�?This type of scarring occurs when the tissue becomes raised and thickened and is typically hereditary.
- Soft scars"�?Soft scars are soft to the touch and have gently inclined edges that roll into normal skin.
Treatments for Acne Scarring
Several cosmetic treatments are available to those who wish to diminish the appearance of acne scarring:
- Dermabrasion"�?The surface of the skin is removed by abrasion, a form of sanding. This helps remove the sun-damaged skin and lessen scars and dark spots on the skin.
- Laser Resurfacing"�?Laser resurfacing is a fairly new treatment that helps to reduce blemishes and acne scars. With this technique, skin is removed layer-by-layer using a laser.
- Chemical Peel"�?Chemical peels are used to improve the texture of the skin after scarring has occurred. A chemical solution causes the skin to blister before peeling off, which revitalizes the skin cells and leaves you feeling refreshed and blemish free.
Considering Treatment for Acne Scarring?
To learn more about your options, contact us today. We'll put you in touch with a board certified plastic surgeon near you who will be happy to answer your questions and address your concerns.