You finally got rid of your acne, but your scars are an unpleasant reminder of the experience. Fortunately, you don’t have to live with acne scars. Your Cleveland, OH dermatologists–Dr. Jorge Garcia-Zuazaga, Dr. Brian Moore and Dr. Amy Polster–explain how several popular dermatology treatments can help forget you ever had acne.
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Dermal fillers are a good choice if you have an indented acne scar. Fillers work by plumping up the skin, making the scar less noticeable. You may require a few treatments, particularly if your scar is very deep. Fillers must usually be reinjected every few years.
During microdermabrasion treatment, your Cleveland dermatologist uses a handheld device that uses a fine spray of micro crystals to remove the top layers of your skin. Microdermabrasion can be very effective in improving the appearance of shallow scars. You won’t need anesthetic for the procedure and will see results in about 24 hours.
Dermabrasion removes more layers of your skin than microdermabrasion. Skin is removed with a diamond wheel or wire brush. Anesthetic is required for this procedure, and you’ll need to take over-the-counter pain relievers for a few days. In about a week, you’ll see an improvement in your scar.
Chemical peels are also effective in removing scars in the top layers of the skin. You’ll be given an anesthetic before treatment and will use pain relievers for a few days post treatment.
Punch excision is used to treat deep ice pick scars. Your dermatologist makes an incision in your skin, removes the scar and places a skin graft over the area. The procedure leaves behind its own scar, but that scar will be much less noticeable than the original scar.
Laser treatment improves the appearance of acne scars by stimulating collagen production and breaking up and softening scar tissue. Pain during and after the treatment is usually minimal, although the area may be red for a few days after treatment.
Acne scars tend to fade with time, but if it’s been a year or more since your last breakout, and your scars are still very noticeable, dermatology treatments offer an excellent way to improve the appearance of your skin. Call your Cleveland, OH dermatologists–Dr. Jorge Garcia-Zuazaga, Dr. Brian Moore and Dr. Amy Polster–at (440) 352-7546 to schedule an appointment.