Acne is a skin condition that is almost a rite of passage for many young people. It can even affect younger adults. As if it was not unpleasant enough, the effects of acne can linger long after it has resolved itself, in the form of scars. If you are considering undergoing some type of acne scar treatment, you will need some good information to get you started.
Many patients are choosing to undergo minimally invasive skin treatments because they offer real results with no need for hospitalization or downtime. You should be able to return to work or daily life immediately after your treatment.
Chemical Peels for Acne Scars
A chemical peel is a medical-grade solution applied to the skin to remove damaged skin tissue, which your body replaces with fresh skin. After cleansing your skin in the treatment area, we apply a chemical solution that is left on your skin for a prescribed amount of time. When the treatment is complete, we will rinse away the solution and neutralize it.
Chemical peels help to rejuvenate skin tissue by encouraging your body to lay down a fresh collagen matrix in the treatment area. Depending upon the strength of your peel, you may require some sedation and a bit of downtime. Be sure to baby your skin after your peel, since your skin may be somewhat sensitive for a while. Avoid prolonged sun exposure, wear a good sunscreen when outdoors, and remain hydrated.
Microneedling Acne Scar Treatment
This innovative acne scar treatment is rising in popularity right now because of its undeniable ability to significantly improve all forms of scars. It triggers the renewal of collagen in your skin to help correct scars, hyperpigmentation, wrinkles, stretch marks, and more.
Your microneedling treatment begins with the application of a topical anesthetic to numb your skin in the treatment area. Next, your practitioner will gently glide the device over your skin to form thousands of micro-channels in its surface. Although these tiny openings are almost invisible, they stimulate the production of new collagen to replace damaged skin tissue with fresh skin displaying fewer and less prominent acne scars.
Unless your acne scars are very superficial, you would likely benefit from multiple microneedling treatment sessions, since each successive treatment builds upon the results of previous sessions. In the weeks and months after your treatment, your skin will gradually improve. You just need to wait a few weeks between each session so that your skin has time to heal and remodel fully.
Schedule Your Consultation to Learn More
If you are ready to say goodbye to your acne scars, please feel free to reach out and make an appointment with Dermatology and Skin Care Associates. At our convenient location in Mason, our caring and experienced team of professionals will be pleased to explain your options to you in full and answer any questions you may have about acne scar treatment. Contact us today to set up your consultation – we look forward to speaking with you!