The “Will These Scars Ever Go Away?” Guide to Acne Scar Treatments
Acne scars can alter your skin’s appearance, cause frustration, and even lead to feelings of embarrassment. Thankfully, there are acne scar treatments to address various types of scarring. At Chadwell Facial Plastic Surgery, Dr. Jon Chadwell is accustomed to diagnosing and treating moderate to severe acne scarring. Learn what he can do for your facial acne scarring.
Seven Types of Acne Scars You Probably Didn’t Know About
Who knew there were so many different types? Besides dermatologists and facial plastic surgeons like Dr. Chadwell, the general public may not realize the breadth of acne scarring variations. Take a look at a few scars you may not have been previously familiar with:
- Boxcar Scar
The boxcar scar refers to a depression underneath the skin caused by a cyst. Once the cyst is removed, an indentation appears.
Unlike acne blemishes caused by cysts, macule scars are flat. They appear as red spots that take the place of an acne lesion. Although visible for weeks at a time, they typically fade away without medical intervention.
- Ice Pick Scar
Similar to the boxcar scar, an ice pick scar is a result of the skin collapsing from the former pimple occupant.
- Rolling Acne Scar
Rolling scars resemble small saucers that are grouped together, causing the facial skin to appear “wavy.”
- Skin Discoloration
Similar to macule scarring, some acne simply promotes what’s referred to as post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. When this occurs, the skin exhibits discoloration, even after the breakout has healed.
- Keloid Scar
Keloid scars are a result of inflammation associated with cystic acne. The scars appear as discolored, raised bumps on the skin.
- Tissue Scars
Keloid scars are an example of tissue scars—visibly large and raised. Other examples of tissue scars are hypertrophic scars, caused by excess production of collagen in the skin.
Acne Scar Treatments With Real Results
For anyone who has tried to treat acne scars with over-the-counter products or acne scars home remedies, the frustration is too real. Topical OTC acne creams and serums that are supposed to improve the look and feel of scars often overpromise and underperform. Similarly, acne scar treatment DIY options simply do not stand up to significantly damaged skin.
The futility in treating acne blemishes often has exasperated individuals wondering, “Will these scars ever go away?” While Dr. Chadwell can’t 100% guarantee the complete disappearance of stubborn acne scars, he can offer innovative, effective treatments to improve skin damaged by acne.
Take a look at how a few acne scar treatments can significantly minimize scarring and help restore skin to a more youthful, healthy, and smooth appearance.
Radiofrequency energy is utilized to penetrate deep layers of the skin. The energy effectively works as a matrix of micro pins, similar to those used in micro-needling techniques to revitalize skin collagen. While producing a more radiant and youthful appearance, Fractora™ reduces the appearance of acne blemishes and can be used on almost every skin type. Results are usually visible after a couple of weeks and continue to improve for three to four months following the procedure.
If more than one treatment is required, Dr. Chadwell will space treatments out every three to four weeks. Patients love that there is minimal downtime and side effects involved with Fractora.™
- Skin Resurfacing
Dr. Chadwell performs chemical-based skin resurfacing treatment to attend to the deep layers of the skin. A deep chemical peel improves the damage associated with acne scarring and achieves long-lasting results. Although skin resurfacing isn’t technically referred to as a surgical procedure, the downtime involved is similar (full recovery can last anywhere from four to six weeks.)
Chemical resurfacing is best suited to lighter skin tones and may not be suitable for certain skin conditions such as facial warts, post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, and those who have a history of abnormal skin scarring.
- MicroPeel Plus®
As part of the Chadwell Facial Plastic Surgery Skincare Spa, patients can take advantage of the MicroPeel Plus® that helps to improve acne scarring. Dr. Chadwell utilizes one of two different concentrations of salicylic acid depending on the individual needs of varying skin types. The session includes dermaplaning and soothing cryogenic therapy.
There is no downtime needed following a MicroPeel Plus®.
Acne Scar Treatment Products That Work!
In addition to facial procedures that reduce acne scarring, some of the best acne scar removal products can be found right in our office. If your skin continues to show signs of acne breakouts, we also have topical solutions to curb future acne and prevent scarring.
The best way to find out what acne scar treatments or products are most suited to your skin type is to schedule a consultation.
To make an appointment you can contact us here. Or, you can call our office at (574) 280-4818 anytime.
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Refining your face is a dramatic personal decision. As you explore your options, know that the staff at Chadwell Facial Plastic Surgery will guide you through your decision-making process. To us, the cosmetic process is more than just “surgery”. Each patient has different shapes, features, contours, and personal goals. We consider shadowing, proportion, depth, and perspective to combine medicine with artistry and ultimately achieve your new look.
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