Acne Scar Treatment

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WHAT ARE ACNE SCARS?

Acne scars are skin depressions that can occur as a result of resolving acne or folliculitis problems. There are several subtypes of acne scars. . These include "boxcar", ice pick, scalloped, pitted and rounded. They occur as a result of inflammation or cyst regression. As the skin heals, it contracts and depressions form in the skin. Acne scars can occur over the face, back, chest and neck. Acne scars present no health risk, and do not impair the body's ability to function normally. Still, for many people they become a frustrating problem, and they want to get rid of these unsightly scars to make their skin look better.

HOW ARE ACNE SCARS REMOVED?

At our laser center, we use three lasers to reduce acne scar appearance. V Beam™ Laser is used for vascular (red) acne scars. We also can use the Fractional "DOT" CO2 laser or Fraxel™ re:store laser to improve the acne scars appearance on the skin. Sometimes, we can combine laser treatments with fillers such as Restylane™ or Juvederm™ to further improve the cosmetic benefit on the skin.


HOW LONG DOES TREATMENT TAKE? HOW MANY SESSIONS ARE NEEDED?

Treatment with the laser devices mentioned above takes anywhere from 5 minutes to 1 hour depending on the number of acne scars and their size. Usually 2 to 7 treatments sessions are required to see a 50 to 95% improvement. These are spaced out every 4 weeks (on average).

WHAT IS THE PRE CARE INSTRUCTIONS FOR ACNE SCAR REMOVAL?

Typically, we ask our patients to discontinue the use of retinoic acid products and glycolic acid products for 3 to 4 days before your next treatment. It is also wise to stay out of intense sunlight (or tanning beds) beginning 1 week prior to your laser treatment.

HOW MUCH DISCOMFORT CAN I EXPECT FROM THE TREATMENT?

There is mild to moderate discomfort with our acne scar removal procedure. A topical or local anesthetic is all that is usually required. Topical anesthetics are applied for 30 to 60 minutes and covered with Saran Wrap™ to enhance the cream's effectiveness. Pain usually is described as a modest burning, or stinging. Cool compresses and medications such as Motrin™ or Advil™ can readily help to alleviate any discomfort.

HOW LONG DOES THE SKIN TAKE TO HEAL?

Acne scar removal is mildly traumatic to the skin. Bruising and minimal swelling is often noted post op. Depending on the location and treatment type, these processes can take up to 3 to 7 days to heal. Once the skin has fully healed, you can then undergo another treatment.

WHAT ABOUT POST OP CARE?

We recommend a post laser skin care system. Remember to stay out of intense sunlight the week after your acne scar removal treatment has been performed. Concealing makeup, e.g. Jane Iredale™, can be used to minimize the color changes of healing if the acne scars are in a noticeable location and you experience bruising.

HOW LONG WILL THE BENEFITS FROM ACNE SCAR REMOVAL LAST?

The benefits from the acne scar removal procedure can last for a long time. Repeat treatments are sometimes required to further enhance your results but this is determined on a case by case basis. In our experience, patient satisfaction has been high for this procedure. Results, however, may vary from patient to patient.

HOW CAN I SCHEDULE AN ACNE SCAR REMOVAL CONSULTATION OR TREATMENT?

Feel free to contact our office at 904-285-SKIN (7546) or click here. We look forward to meeting you at your initial consultation visit. Thanks for allowing us to educate you about the benefits of the acne scar removal procedure. See you soon.



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