However, the excessive pressure and pain on the skin can cause pimples to scar during the healing process, and these visible scars can range from small and barely visible to large, crater-like depressions, or “icepick scars” that are virtually impossible to conceal. Breakouts and scarring have a negative impact your feelings of self-confidence. The professionals at Advanced Skin Care, Dermatology, and Plastic Surgery in Fullerton have treatment options available to improve the smoothness and reduce the appearance of visible acne scars, uneven skin texture, and redness.
The degree of scarring and type of scars you have will determine your treatment method.
The most common treatments for acne scars include:
A variety of procedures can be used to resurface the skin, including laser treatments, microdermabrasion, microdermabrasion, or chemical peels. Skin resurfacing works by removing layers of skin to encourage growth of new skin cells and collagen to fill in areas of scarring.
Another form of resurfacing, microneedling uses a device with a grouping of tiny needles that penetrate the skin and cause the body’s natural healing process to produce collagen and elastin. The procedure is effective in treating depressed scars.
Collagen or other materials can be used to fill in depressed acne scars. Some will last a few months while other dermal fillers are more permanent.
Specially-designed lasers can flatten raised acne scars, diminish abnormal colors, and reduce pain.
Surgical options are available for both depressed and raised acne scars. The ultimate goal is to create a less obvious scar that will diminish with time.
Our skilled dermatologists will help you determine which procedure is right for you and your symptoms, and create a treatment plan to help you avoid future scarring.
After your procedure is complete, you will receive detailed aftercare instructions. The treatment options have varying recovery times and aftercare steps. Over time your acne scars will diminish or even disappear, and you can enjoy your fresh, smooth, radiant skin. You will also receive skincare tips to decrease the likelihood of continued breakouts and further scarring. Most scar treatments will require minimal downtime and you can usually resume normal activities quickly.