Acne – it is a condition that is dreaded by all kids who hit puberty. However, it is not just kids who go through this facial problem but even adults can still get them. Although acne eventually heals, it often leaves scars that are seen in plain view.
These scars can be problematic and if not properly taken cared of, might lead to low self-esteem and other psychological problems. Most of the time, the scarring is caused by severe acne. These are the type of acne that forms nodules – those pus-filled cysts that are very painful. They leave pits and scars that are often permanent which leaves the face with large red scars.
There are two types of acne scars. One type creates depressions on the facial surface. The other type is more deep and narrow. Scars can be treated but only after the acne itself has been treated.
What are the types of Acne Scar Treatment Available?
There are a number of acne scar treatment options to choose from. This will depend on the type of scarring and on its severity. These options range from the non-surgical to the surgical.
Dermal fillers are often thought to only remove wrinkles. However, they can also be used to make acne scars less noticeable. The principle is the same. The dermal fillers are injected under the skin where the scars are and it will fill in the dips to even out the scars. Eventually it will be less noticeable.
Laser resurfacing is basically an acne scar treatment that use lasers to burn away the top layer of the skin. This allows the skin to peel off leaving a fresh looking skin. As the skin grows back, it will then fill itself and create a smoother surface. At the same time it can also make the skin look younger.
Laser burns off the skin. This method literally uses a steel brush to scrape the skin off. This acne scar treatment is painful but it has the same effect as the laser resurfacing. This method peels away the top layers of skin to promote growth thereby lessening the impact of the scars.
This is done for deep and extreme cases of scaring. Basically, the procedure is all about removing each individual scar by cutting them off. New skin can then be grafted in place to smooth everything out. There may be scarring from the procedure but it is often minimal as compared to the acne scars itself.
These different procedures will have their own specific recovery times. The more invasive it is, the longer time is needed for the skin to fully heal. It will also depend on the patient’s general health. If the patient is healthy, the body will have a faster recovery.
Consult with a doctor or a cosmetic surgeon first before doing any of these procedures. They can best determine the level of scarring and suggest an appropriate treatment to remove the scar. Patients need to be realistic about the results because these procedures may help alleviate the presence of the scars but it may not totally remove them. At the most they can lessen it so it becomes less noticeable.
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