Everyone has experienced acne at some level. Most people have acne in their teen years, and some have it throughout adulthood. Severe acne can leave behind scars, discoloring or create pockmarked skin. Our medical team at LM Medical NYC includes a board certified dermatologist and a double board certified facial plastic surgeon who can offer advanced options in acne removal.
Scarring occurs when acne lesions are deep in the skin. Usually, scarred acne cannot be controlled by diet or topical medications alone. Deep acne scars do not typically resolve on their own. Acne scars can impact the texture, tone and overall aesthetics of the skin. Even after acne is controlled, the scars left behind can last a lifetime. Fortunately, there are effective methods to fade discoloration and smooth pockmarks left behind by acne. Our providers can recommend treatments and products for acne scar removal to improve the beauty of your skin.
When the skin is wounded and tissue is removed, it can leave an atrophic scar. These scars are indented and pockmarks from chicken pox or acne are examples of atrophic scarring. The wound heals, but not enough tissue is created to restore an even surface. Atrophic scars can leave the skin permanently damaged without treatment.
Most atrophic scars are caused by skin growths or infections. Viruses, moles, acne and other skin conditions can leave behind indented scars once the skin heals. There are different levels of atrophic scarring, from small holes in the skin to boxcar and rolling scars that are larger and deeper. Instead of fading or “removing” atrophic scars, they need to be filled or smoothed by cosmetic treatments or surgery.
These types of scars are red or pink and are raised and thick. They often form around one to two months after the initial tissue trauma has occurred. The tissue that forms hypertrophic scars stays within the boundaries of the original wound.
Keloids and Keloid Scars
Keloid scars are usually red or purple. They are similar to hypertrophic scars, in that they are also very thick and raised. However, they may form years after an injury and can grow beyond the boundaries of the original wound. They can even become cancerous. Keloids may require more complex treatment solutions and may return.
What Should I Expect During a Consultation?
Your scar revision treatment consultation will start with a discussion of the scar that you want treatment for. This can include the cause of the scar, along with the date when it was caused. The scar will then be carefully examined.
We will also discuss your complete medical history, including any pre-existing medical conditions, drug allergies, recent treatments, and current medications and supplements. This will ensure that the chosen treatment does not result in complications.
Next, we will go over your scar revision options. We will work with you to select an ideal treatment option based on factors like the type of scar being treated. We will discuss every detail of the treatment plan, including preparation and aftercare directions, and we will be happy to answer any questions you may raise along the way.
What is the best treatment for scarring?
There are several treatments that can be used for improving the appearance of scarring. At Placer Dermatology, we offer both non-invasive treatments and surgical options for scar revision and removal including:
- Chemical peels
- Laser skin resurfacing
- Dermal filler injections
- Scar revision surgery
- Anti-scarring Topicals
The goal of atrophic scar removal treatments is to achieve a smoother appearance to the skin. This can include removal of damaged skin cells and collagen induction for healing. Multiple treatments may be combined to achieve the desired effect.
Placer Dermatology specializes in scar revision and has a multitude of products and solutions to create an effective, individualized plan for you.
How Much Does a Scar Revision Treatment Cost?
The cost of a scar revision treatment will depend on the details of the chosen treatment option. The size and type of scar can also impact the overall price of a scar revision treatment.
Contact Us to Learn More
If you have any unwanted scars on your body and want to inquire about scar revision options in Roseville, visit us at Placer Dermatology. Contact us today to set up an appointment for a consultation!