Acne can cause us to feel self-conscious of our appearance, reduce self-esteem and can sometimes influence our personal and professional relationships. When acne has left behind scarring, those effects can become long term, but this is not necessary. There are treatments that can reduce the appearance of acne scars so you can feel more confident.
Chemical peels are a common treatment for acne scarring. During a chemical peel, an acid is applied to the skin for just a few minutes to help remove the outermost layer of skin. This can reveal healthier and less scarred skin that is just below. The type and concentration of acid used will depend on the severity of scarring.
Dermabrasion is used to gently sand away the outer layers of skin. It can reveal the smoother texture and skin tone beneath and is perfect for treating mild to moderate acne scarring. It can also treat fine lines, discolorations and other common skin concerns.
Lasers work in many ways to treat acne scars. First, the laser removes the top layer of skin, which reduces the appearance of the scar. Second, the breakdown of cells encourages the growth of new, healthy skin cells. Third, the laser breaks up pigments in the skin that cause discoloration. Laser treatments are especially useful for severe scarring.
Acne scars can be deep, causing widespread pitting and an uneven skin texture. Dermal fillers are injected into the areas of deep scarring to help create a smoother surface that greatly reduces the appearance of acne scarring overall.
Whether the acne scars you have are mild or severe, or somewhere in between, it’s important to know that you don’t have to live with them. There are treatment solutions available. To learn more about your options, schedule your consultation at Los Angeles Plastic Surgery today.