Acne scars, particularly those visible on the face and chest, are notoriously difficult to treat – and emotionally distressing to those who suffer from them. Sufferers had to endure the acne itself and now are left with pitted or discolored scars. The most effective acne scar treatments blend the latest in aesthetic medicine with tried-and-true techniques. Choices are available regarding the treatment that may be best for you. Many readers who have acne scarring may know that the gold standard of treating acne scarring is the “fractionated laser,” but results can be obtained by other treatments which have less downtime and may fit into your busy daily schedule.
Skin micro-needling utilizes information dermatologists and cosmetic physicians have known for decades – that the body responds to a skin wound by creating newer, fresher, plumper skin in its place. Micro-needling devices, such as SkinPen and Aquagold Fine Touch, create tiny pin hole-sized punctures in the skin to stimulate the body’s wound response: the creation of new collagen and elastin fibers. The skin plumps and thickens, reducing the appearance of scars, fine lines and wrinkles.
Micro-needling can improve new or existing scars, smooth fine lines and wrinkles, plump lax skin, reduce pore size, and treat stretch marks. Plus, the tiny punctures allow for deep and efficient penetration of skin product treatments. Microneedling is suitable for all skin types and can be used on any area of the face or body, including the scalp and around the eyes and mouth. It is also one of the most cost-effective acne treatments, with virtually no negative side-effects. Most people will start to see results after the first session, however several treatments are needed.
Like micro-needling, both micro-dermabrasion and a chemical peel remove skin. Micro-needling creates tiny puncture marks to promote the body’s wound response, creating new skin in and around the punctures. Micro-dermabrasion and a chemical peel both remove the entire uppermost layer, essentially stimulating the body to create an entire swath of new skin. However, the downtime of these two treatments may be significant.
Although micro-needling can improve the texture of a scar, and may address discoloration depending on the client’s skin type and severity of the discoloration, I and my staff at The Elizabeth Roche M.D. MedSpa may select to incorporate either a skin care lightening regimen, such as prescription hydroquinone, or other in-office laser treatments. Always lighten skin under the supervision of a skin care physician who prescribes medical-grade treatments, rather than self-administer drug or department store products. Used incorrectly, the skin discoloration may actually deepen and become more difficult to treat.
Acne scarring is one of the more challenging conditions to cure, simply because each client’s skin is unique and will respond differently to medical care. We welcome all potential patients to meet with me and my team of skin care specialists to discover their most effective acne treatment plan.