Before patients address their acne scarring, they must speak to a dermatological professional to determine the type and severity of the acne scars. Some may even resolve over time, while others are permanent and they must be addressed with treatment. The most common types of acne scars include macules, tissue loss, tissue scarring, and skin discoloration (post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation).
Once the type of scarring has been determined during an initial examination with Dr. Christine Lee, patients can then speak with her about the proper methods of removal. In addition, a dermatologist can also discuss with patients the ways in which they can prevent future acne blemishes that can result in further acne scars.
Common acne scar treatments may include:
Microdermabrasion and dermabrasion
Dermabrasion and microdermabrasion are popular solutions for acne scar treatment. These treatments use a brush (dermabrasion) or a very small crystal spray (microdermabrasion) which can help remove the upper surface of the skin, thus reducing the depth of scars. Patients may require downtime after these procedures but will see almost immediate results.
Peels are used to reduce acne scar depth while also treating any post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. These are administered by a dermatological professional and different strengths can be used based off the severity of scarring.
To help heal acne lesions and address acne scars, some patients may benefit from skin rejuvenation through laser therapies. Dr. Christine Lee has over 40 lasers in her state-of-the-art practice that can be used to remove the upper layer of skin and renew one's overall appearance.
For deep scars, patients can use certain dermal fillers to add volume and reduce the depressed appearance of the scar itself. Dermal fillers are not permanent but can last several months. They may also help in a more long-term fashion by stimulating collagen to the area or adding hyaluronic acid to the scar, which can attract water and maintain volume.
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