While acne sores are bad enough, the scars they leave behind can seem like a permanent, long-lasting nightmare. Scars can rob individuals of their self-esteem and cause a great deal of distress for those suffering with them, affecting much more than their daily interactions with people. As hard to believe as it may be for those with blemish-free faces, stress from acne scarring can destroy a person’s self-esteem, with detrimental effects on their professional, romantic, and social lives.
Acne scars are stubborn, and no single treatment is best for everyone. One or a combination of the following approaches might improve the appearance of your skin, depending on your scar type, your skin type, and the severity of the scarring.
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Using sunscreen can help limit the contrast between unscarred skin and a scar. Some medicated creams, such as those containing azelaic acid or hydroxyl acids, Adapalene might help too.
Injecting dermal fillers under the skin can plump the skin over indented scars. The goal is to make the scars less noticeable. Results are temporary, so repeat treatments are needed to retain the effect. This method has little risk of changes in skin color.
Subcision is a relatively minor surgical procedure, performed by cosmetic surgeons to treat many types of depressed scars and wrinkles. Your doctor will insert a tri-beveled hypodermic needle through a puncture in the skin surface, moving its sharp edges under the skin in a fan-like pattern. These subcuticular cuts help to break up the acne scar tissue, releasing fibrotic bands that hold the scar underneath.
Nanofat is emulsified (liquefied) and filtered fat. The fat cells have been crushed and filtered out and what remains is a liquid that contains a high concentration of stem cells. Nanofat grafting has been shown to have beneficial effects in the treatment of scars, wrinkles, and skin discolorations.
Injecting steroids into some types of raised scars can improve the appearance of your skin. The shot, which is injected directly into an acne cyst or nodule, typically contains a small amount of a steroid, such as triamcinolone (Kenalog), a powerful anti-inflammatory. Cysts and nodules may take weeks to resolve on their own. A steroid injection can reduce the swelling, redness and pain in a few days.
Your doctor applies a chemical solution to the scar tissue to remove the top layer of skin and minimize the appearance of deeper scars. You can repeat peels to maintain results.
This approach is often used on scars that were once treated with dermabrasion. This technique is not recommended for people with darker skin as it increases the risk of side effects such a discoloration of skin and bad scarring called keloids.
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The device helps make scars less noticeable without damaging the outer layer of skin. Results are subtle. Few repeat treatments are needed to achieve good results.
Botox®: Sometimes the skin around acne scars puckers. Injecting Botox® relaxes the surrounding skin, which may improve the appearance of an acne scar. Results are temporary, so repeat treatments are needed to retain the effect.
ACNE Scars Before Treatment
ACNE Scars After Subcision
ACNE Scars After Subcision and Radiesse Filler