After skin has healed from acne, any color change or defect present after approximately one year is considered to be a permanent acne scar. Before the twelve months, the redness or hyperpigmented mark could still be considered a lesion which requires healing.
The treatment to improve acne scarring is normally a multistep procedure. Dr. Ebrahim will examine the individual (the various subtypes of scarring, textural changes and irregularities to the skin), discuss their concerns, desired results as well as their "downtime" capabilities as certain treatments require more healing than others.
Laser Skin Resurfacing for Acne Scars: Laser Skin Peel
The physician uses a controlled beam of energy allowing for exact penetration of depth into the dermis in order to vaporize the damaged acne-scarred skin in a safe and predictable manner.
The treated areas begin a regeneration process, resulting in regrowth, healing, and smoother, more even skin.
It is most widely used as a treatment for the face but can be done on the neck, chest and back as well.
Afterglow's state-of-the-art laser skin resurfacing technology is the industry gold standard. The procedure is a very precise, controlled, physician administered treatment where thin sections of skin are removed, layer by layer, and are replaced by younger skin growth.
ProFractional™ for Acne Scars
The ProFractional ™ resurfacing technology has revolutionized treatment for acne-scarred skin. Cosmetic enhancement with a ProFractional™ laser treatment can dramatically improve pigmentation changes caused by acne with little to no downtime, thanks to its revolutionary fractionated technology.
The fractional laser technique is designed to target specific portions of damaged tissue. It creates tiny channels reaching depths appropriate for correcting acne scars. The treated areas stimulate the production of collagen, plumping up the skin and smoothing the scars and irregularities in the skin.
By creating microscopic "wounds" within the targeted areas, the treatment triggers the body's natural healing process accelerating the production of collagen and new, healthy skin cells.
This technology leaves the surrounding tissue unaffected and intact, allowing your skin to heal much faster than if the entire skin surface were treated at once.
This great advancement allows for just a few days' healing time and produces excellent results.
Dermal Fillers for Acne Scars
Dermal fillers are substances that are injected just below the surface of the acne scar. The substances add volume by raising the surface of the skin. This results in a smoother, softer looking skin surface.
Patients generally feel very little discomfort and there is minimal downtime involved.
The best results are witnessed with very deep scarring that can not successfully be treated with other standard therapies/treatments (i.e., laser or light-based treatments).
Treatment of acne scars through dermal filling requires a consultation with Dr. Ebrahim coupled with a well-thought-out corrective plan. There is a range of dermal fillers available today which are derived from various sources.