Options in Treating Acne Scars

In La Jolla

By Nasrin Mani, M.D.

Acne scars are the result of cell destruction and tissue damage when collagen strands contract and pull inward, leaving soft, saucer-like depressions or pits on the skin. As we age, these scars often become even more noticeable. The good news is that no one has to live with these scars.

There are many cosmetic skin options that can help treat your acne scars:

Laser Procedures– Laser resurfacing is a popular treatment for many skin defects. The most popular used for resurfacing of acne scars are the carbon dioxide (CO2) lasers. CO2 lasers work by essentially burning the top layers of skin to a precise depth. The skin then heals, replacing the burned layers with newer appearing skin.

Dermal fillers– Dermal fillers can be used to quickly diminish the appearance of acne scars. Although modern dermal fillers last longer than previous options, this is still a temporary remedy. People like that fillers can quickly diminish the appearance of acne scars. There are many types of dermal fillers that can be injected into acne scars to raise the surface of the skin and give a smoother look.

Chemical peels– Like laser resurfacing, a chemical peel removes the top layer or layers of skin. The stronger the peel, the deeper it can reach into the skin, with greater impact, but also longer downtime.

Microdermabrasion– While not a leading treatment for acne scars, microdermabrasioncan be effective for very mild acne scarring. During this procedure, a machine is used to remove the top surface layer of skin. With a series of microdermabrasion sessions, the skin can repair itself and shallow scars tend to become less noticeable.

If you would like to get rid of your acne scars once and for all and live in La Jolla or the San Diego area, please contact us to request a call from an information specialist.

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