Acne scarring can be frustrating, stressful, and overwhelming. While some types of acne scars fade on their own over time, others are permanent without treatment. Then, many types of scars that fade on their own can take years to slowly do so. Luckily for those dealing with the stress of acne scars, there are numerous ways to successfully treat them. Here at Z Cosmetic Health, we specialize in acne scar treatments. The removal of acne scars is a top request at our office and we have a broad range of treatments available. For some, one type of treatment works well to clear up their acne scarring. For others, a combination of treatments is the most effective approach. To give you an idea of your treatment options, read on to see our list of ways to treat acne scars.
Fillers are best known for their ability to smooth deep wrinkles or plump the lips. Yet, there are many other ways to use fillers, including using them to fill depressed acne scars.
The scientific name for depressed acne scarring is atrophic acne scarring. This type of scarring looks like like small pits in the skin. Atrophic acne scars are a common result of one of the most troublesome types of acne, cystic acne. Though, they can be caused by many types of acne, as well as by chickenpox.
Depressed acne scars are a permanent type of acne scarring; they do not go away without treatment. However, they can be easily, and quickly, treated with fillers. To treat acne scarring with fillers, Dr. Zadeh will strategically inject a small amount of filler into the depressed areas of the skin, filling them and smoothing the skin.
Many different types of fillers can be used to treat acne scarring, including hyaluronic acid fillers like Juvederm, Restylane, and Belotero. These fillers are temporary, usually lasting anywhere from 6 to 18 months. However, the results of fillers for acne scarring can easily be maintained with regular follow up appointments.
Like the fillers we mention in the last section, Sculptra is a filler that can treat depressed acne scarring. However, Sculptra works differently from hyaluronic acid fillers, which makes it last considerably longer. The active ingredient in Sculptra is poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA), a collagen stimulator. When Sculptra is injected into the skin, it stimulates the body’s own collagen growth, causing the treated area to plump and smooth. This collagen growth allows the results of Sculptra for acne scarring to last for up to 3 to 5 years.
Microneedling is a treatment that stimulates collagen growth, which can reduce the appearance of depressed acne scars. During a microneedling treatment, tiny needles stimulate the deep layer of skin, which results in collagen stimulation that smooths and evens out the skin. Microneedling can also be used to deliver products deep into the skin, which can help treat the root causes of acne.
Microneedling is often a good option for those who would like to the reduce the appearance of numerous acne scars across the entire face. Additionally, microneedling is a good treatment for reducing the skin discoloration sometimes left behind by acne.
Chemical peels are an excellent way to treat several skin conditions caused by acne. They can also can help treat the root cause of acne, reducing the possibility of further scarring.
Chemical peels work by purifying the skin and removing dead skin cells. A peel removes skin impurities, speeds up cell turnover, and can stimulate collagen growth. Chemical peels are often a great option for those with mild to moderate acne scarring or skin discoloration caused by acne. Additionally, they can be excellent addition to an acne scarring treatment plan for those with more severe scarring.
At the Z Center for Cosmetic Health, we have two types of specialized chemical peels we use to treat acne scarring: the VI Peel and the Obagi Blue Peel Radiance. The VI Peel is perfect for those who want the deep results of a classic chemical peel without the discomfort or downtime. The Obagi Blue Peel Radiance is an excellent peel for those with more sensitive skin. This peel offers a gentle way to purify the skin and remove dead skin cells.
Subcision is an acne scarring treatment that can help correct depressed scars. During treatment with subcision, a minor cut is made upon these depressed areas. This incision technique causes the body to create tissue in the depressed area, evening out the skin.
Punch excision is a common treatment for the deep, slim acne scars known as ice pick scars. During this treatment, a small punch tool is used to remove damaged, scarred skin. These treatment is generally only used for more extreme scarring. However, it can be a great option for those suffering from more severe scarring, especially when used in conjunction with other treatments.
Which Treatment for Acne Scars is Right For Me?
The best treatment for your acne scars will depend on your level and type of scarring. If you want to reduce or eliminate your acne scarring, make a consultation appointment at the Z Center for Cosmetic health. At your consultation appointment, Dr. Zadeh will examine your skin and develop a personalized treatment plan for your unique skin issues.
Dr. Michael Zadeh is a Board Certified Surgeon and Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Zadeh’s accomplishments in the field of Surgery and Non-Surgical Aesthetics along with his commitment to superior patient care have made him a winner of multiple awards and honors.