Visible scars of any kind can affect your everyday life. Whether socially, mentally, or emotionally, scars can be detrimental to your self-esteem. Acne scars often leave depressions in the skin and may become more noticeable as you age and your skin loses its collagen.
If your skin is clear and you are ready to say ‘goodbye’ to old acne scars, there are a number of acne scar treatments that actually work. There is no one-size-fits-all approach. Our board-certified dermatologists in New J
ersey, New York, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania can help create an acne scar treatment plan that best works with your skin type and specific needs.
8 Acne Scar Treatments that Work
This nonsurgical cosmetic procedure works inside the dermis to ablate superficial layers of skin while stimulating the formation of collagen and elastin. It uses the body’s natural healing process to create youthful-looking skin and smoothen acne scars.
For a temporary yet effective way to makes scars less noticeable, soft tissue dermal fillers can make all the difference. This treatment involves injecting fat or collagen under the skin to fill out indented scars. You will have to repeat this procedure to continue its benefits, but it is nonsurgical and minimally invasive.
3. Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)
To treat discoloration caused by acne scarring, IPL photofacial treatments are an effective and efficient option. This non-ablative treatment emits high-intensity pulses of broadband light to address excess pigmentation without damaging the surrounding, healthy skin cells.
During this procedure, your dermatologist will apply a topic acid, such as TCA, to exfoliate and minimize acne scars and skin damage.
5. Botox Injections
Just as BOTOX relaxes the skin around fine lines to make them less noticeable, it can do the same to minimize the appearance of acne scars. This treatment will need to be repeated periodically, but it is quickly performed and causes very little discomfort.
Microneedling, or collagen induction therapy, uses tiny needles to stimulate the body’s natural healing process, which creates collagen and elastin. This 40 to 60-minute procedure results in tighter, brighter skin in just a few days.
7. Punch Excision Surgery
Scars with uneven edges or noticeable indentations can benefit from a punch excision. By cutting out the individual acne scar, it can be sutured shut to create a much less noticeable scar, often in line with the face’s natural lines.
Using a fine spray of tiny crystals, microdermabrasion gently exfoliates the surface of the skin and any acne scars to improve skin color and texture.
To minimize the appearance of acne scars and reclaim your self-confidence, request a consultation with The Derm Group online or by calling 973.571.2121.