Acne scarring can occur when the dirt and bacteria form pus in your pores and becomes inflamed. The pus enlarges the pore and when it opens and drains it can often leave a large whole or lesion. Acne scarring can leave you feeling like there is nothing you can do to repair it. Although the scars can be difficult to treat, there is great new technology that can soften, minimize or even get rid of scars and help your skin look smoother once again.
If you still have active acne, you will need to wait until it has been treated to begin acne scar treatment. At Beauty Refined we have treatment programs to help you eliminate any active acne you have. Acne Scar treatment should only be done by a professional. Dr. Tantawi is board certified and specializes in surgery and cosmetic surgery. He is dedicated to helping you get the results you want and has the latest products and treatments to assist you in having the clearest, smoothest skin possible. Request a consultation with him today to discuss the treatment options for your unique situation.
Treating Acne Scars With the Fotona® Laser
Even after treating your acne, you may be left with scars from breakouts that can cause you to be self conscious in front of people. Treatment with the Fotona® Laser can lessen or eliminate acne scarring so that you can feel good about your appearance again. Along with dermal fillers many of these scars can become undetectable. Below are the types of acne scars that laser treatment can help with:
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Atrophic Acne scars
Atrophic acne scars are caused by tissue loss. They are the most common acne scars, and usually found on the face. These scars are formed by cystic or pustule acne that destroy the skin when forming a sac of bacteria. When the pustules break a hole is left and often the skin cannot produce enough collagen to repair itself. . There are 3 kinds of atrophic scars:
- Boxcar scars-can be superficial or deep and leave a depression in the skin
- Ice Pick scars-are deep and have the appearance of a hollow enlarged pore
- Rolling scars-create a wavy or rolling look to the skin
Treating atrophic scars with laser is the most effective way to eliminate the scars with the least downtime and best results.
Hypertrophic scars, sometimes called keloid scars, are larger, more severe, raised scars. They differ from atrophic scars in that they are often deep rooted and painful. Keloids continue to grow long after the wound has healed causing the body to produce more collagen and overgrow skin in order to repair it. This results in skin forming keloid scars. Keloid scars are the most difficult to treat, take longer to treat, and may use several different approaches with laser, silicone gels and steroid injections. Dr. Tantawi will discuss your options at your consultation appointment as to the best way to approach treating your hypertrophic scars.
Acne Scar Laser Procedure
In treating acne scarring the Fotona® laser is used as a skin resurfacing treatment. Your skin will be cleansed and numbed. For this treatment the laser is directed at the scar area to be treated. The laser beam is absorbed by the top layers of the skin vaporizing the scarred tissue and stimulating the deeper layers to produce collagen. In this way the top layers are exfoliated and new skin is produced from the collagen stimulation.
Recovery From Laser Acne and Acne Scar Treatment
The great thing about treating acne and the scarring it leaves behind with the Fotona® laser, is that it is minimally invasive and there is no downtime. Your skin will be red or pink for anywhere from 5-21 days. Dr. Tantawi will give you specific instructions for the best healing possible during your recovery. You will not be able to apply makeup for at least 5 days and sunscreen must be worn to protect the new skin. Other than aesthetic reasons, you are free to continue your usual activities and may return to work the same day if you like.
Acne scarring can be mild to severe, but can cause psychological trauma and affect how you feel about yourself. Fortunately, there is a way to treat it so that you can feel better about yourself and have smoother, clearer and healthier skin. Call or book an appointment online now to start your treatment.