Even though acne scars are a common ailment among adults and teenagers, they don't have to be permanent. There are ways to treat acne scars these days if people are willing to seek the aid of a board-certified dermatologist. At OC Skin Institute, we have certified acne specialists in our various Orange County locations, capable of providing acne scar treatment for patients of all ages.
Saline injections are one way to help clear up the appearance of acne scars. They are relatively safe and one of the most inexpensive ways to reduce depressed scarring. Dermatologists inject these deep scars with a bolus of sterile saline fluid into the deepest part of the scar. The water molecules then cause minor trauma in the skin, which causes collagen and elastic fiber to form and fill the scars. Five to seven treatments are usually all that are needed to see a remarkable improvement.
Fractional CO2 resurfacing is known for taking years off of facial skin. This procedure uses a small amount of "fractional energy" in damaged areas which causes small injuries to the skin. In turn, the healthy skin surrounding the scar fills in the area with collagen and elastin. This is a one-time treatment performed under local anesthesia, though several sessions may be needed.
Chemical peels are a slightly less invasive way to help get rid of acne scarring. Chemical solutions are applied to the skin that cause a controlled burn. The depth of scarring is what determines the amount and type of chemical peel application is applied to the skin. After the peel, the skin begins to regenerate itself, producing a healthier layer of skin, free of scarring.
Dermal filling gives the most immediate improvement of acne scarring. A dermal filler is injected under the scar to fill the depression and flatten the countour of the skin. This is the most popular acne scarring treatment done by dermatologists because patients often leave the office noticing immediate improvement.
If acne scarring is making you feel self-conscious and down about your appearance, don't lose heart. Pick up the phone and contact an experienced acne specialist at OC Skin Institute. We have locations throughout Orange County.