Around eighty percent of people between the ages of 11-30 struggle with acne. Of this considerable portion of the population, a significant number will develop some degree of scarring. But what makes some people more prone to acne scars? And how can you treat them?
The causes of acne scarring vary. However, your genetics play a primary role. If you have relatives who have acne scarring, there’s a considerably higher likelihood you might too, according to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD). Scarring’s also more likely to occur with age, as the skin loses vital collagen.
Collagen is essential for maintaining supple, healthy, and youthful-looking skin. This powerful protein also plays a pivotal part in the skin’s ability to repair itself following a breakout. If your skin produces too little or too much collagen, a scar can develop.
Scarring is also affected by the duration and extent of skin inflammation caused by acne. The sooner you can treat your acne, the less likely you’ll be to develop scarring. That said, anyone who experiences acne can have temporary or permanent scarring. Acne scars are most common amongst people with numerous cysts and pimples.
If you struggle with acne scarring, Desert Bloom Plastic Surgery and Oasis Aesthetics can help. Dr. Wallin and our expert team of aestheticians have extensive experience working with patients of all ages and genders to reduce and sometimes reverse acne scarring. To learn more about the powerful tools and treatments we offer, read on.
Improving or Removing Acne Scarring
When it comes to preventing acne scarring, your best bet is to maintain a healthy diet, skincare regimen that’s fit for your skin type, and consult with a dermatologist if acne persists. Every person’s skin is incredibly unique, though. In many cases, acne scarring can develop even if you follow all of these steps.
So, what can you do to reverse scarring? Here are a few of the most successful and popular treatments:
A chemical peel is a proven method of rejuvenating the skin and addressing several concerns, including acne scarring. During your treatment, a chemical solution will be applied to the skin. This solution removes the outer layers of skin, engaging your body’s healing process, and revealing the smoother skin beneath.
We will customize your procedure depending on your skin type and personal experience with chemical peels. As this process is abrasive, patients may experience peeling and redness for three to seven days following treatment.
A laser resurfacing treatment also works by removing the outer layer of your skin. However, rather than using a chemical solution, it harnesses the power of advanced laser technology. We offer several laser resurfacing techniques to suit the needs of various skin tones and issues. Laser resurfacing offers an unparalleled degree of precision and control and will recontour acne scarring and lighten redness or discoloration caused by acne.
Generally, patients require between three and ten days for their skin to fully recover, during which you’ll need to avoid direct sun exposure.
Fillers are a suite of products, including collagen, hyaluronic acid, or fat, which can “fill out” several types of acne scars. This option beautifully refines the appearance of scarring and offers an incredible degree of customization. However, most filler types are naturally absorbed by the body over several months.
Following this period, your skin will return to its previous volume. If you want to maintain your results, we’ll need to schedule a follow-up treatment session.
Microneedling, also known as collagen induction therapy, is a technique that involves creating a series of “micro-injuries” in the top layer of skin. By repeatedly making small pricks into the skin, your body will kick collagen production into overdrive.
Microneedling can improve your skin’s overall appearance and address acne scarring, wrinkles, fine lines, stretch marks, and more. Most patients will experience some skin redness for a few days following treatment. However, this typically subsides on its own.
Schedule Your Consultation
As a board-certified facial plastic surgeon with years of experience, Dr. Wallin can help alleviate your acne scarring concerns. We believe every client deserves a treatment plan that is as unique as they are. Our team is committed to providing our clients with the highest possible quality of care.
We are taking every possible precaution in the office to protect our patients’ and staff’s safety during the COVID-19 crisis. Along with following strict social distancing and sanitation protocols, we’re offering both in-person and virtual consultations. During a virtual consultation, you’ll get to meet with Dr. Wallin to create a personalized treatment plan from the safety and comfort of your home.