Walnut Creek residents learn the benefits of laser acne scar removal
By Dr. Christine Lee
Preventing scarsPrevention is often the best treatment. Do not pop pimples! We understand the embarrassment caused by acne, but picking at it only makes the problem worse. It can cause redness, broken skin, inflammation, infection, and scars. Avoiding sun exposure helps in acne treatment, as well. Overexposure to the sun makes acne worse and last longer.
Scar formationWhen pimples burst deep within the skin, bacteria and dead skin cells spread under the surface creating bigger lesions. Your body tries to repair damage by generating new collagen. The texture of the skin may change due to the repairs. Hypertrophic or atrophic scars may form.
- Hypertrophic scars occur when too much collagen is created, causing bumps or raised areas on the skin.
- Atrophic scars occur when tissue is lost, resulting in depressions or indentations in the skin.
Treating scarsLaser treatment for acne scars was introduced around 1980. With improvements in technology, there are now pulsed light and heat energy therapies, blue light treatments, and photodynamic therapy. The method used depends on the patient and severity of scarring. A combination of treatments may be used to get best results. Although no scar treatment gets rid of acne scars completely, laser therapy can reduce their appearance and improve the texture and quality of skin.
You’ve done your time. Stop letting acne ruin your skin. Contact The Skin and Laser Treatment Institute to learn more about treatment options. Make an appointment with Dr. Christine Lee today – 925-500-1180.