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Acne Scar Removal

Is Acne Scar Removal Right For Me?

When looking into acne scar treatment, it helps to know what kind of acne scars you’re dealing with. The type of treatment you receive will be based on the kind of acne scarring you have. Consider the following types of acne scars:

Atrophic scars

The blemishes left behind on the face after a bad acne breakout are typically atrophic scars. These types of scars occur when the scar is forming but there is not enough collagen present. There are 3 types of atrophic scars which are ice pick scars, rolling scars, and boxcar scars.

  • Ice pick scars – These are typically small or oval holes that are also narrow and deep. These are the most difficult to treat.
  • Rolling scars – They get their name from their hill and valley-like appearance. Rolling scars have rounded edges and wide depressions.
  • Boxcar scars- These are wide and u-shaped. Boxcar scars can be shallow or deep, with the former being easier to treat.

Hypertrophic (Raised) Scars

Found on the chest and back, hypertrophic scars are a result of acne being in these locations. They appear above the surface of the skin and develop due to too much collagen while healing.

The only way to definitely know what type of acne scarring you have is to visit a dermatologist. It’s also important to note that before treating acne scars, it’s best to make sure your acne is completely gone.

Common, But Rare Side Effects

Like all cosmetic procedures, Dysport too has a few side effects. However, when you work with a trained professional, like the board-certified dermatologists at BHSkin Dermatology in Encino, side effects are few. The most common side effects include muscle weakness, bruising, swelling, bleeding, and pain at the injection site.

A Convenient Option for Treating Wrinkles

Over time, repetitive muscle contractions and facial movements will inevitably lead to fine lines and wrinkles. Fortunately, with Dysport, you have a temporary solution that’s practically painless. Within just 10-20 minutes, you’ll be on the road to radiant skin.

What Are My Options for Acne Scar Removal?

When it comes to acne scar removal, there are plenty of treatment options. When you book a consultation with BHSkin Dermatology, we’ll be able to tell you which option is best for you. Here are some of the most common and favored acne scar removal options:

#1 Dermabrasion

This procedure involves deeply exfoliating and removing the top layer of the skin with a wire brush/wheel.

#2 Dermal fillers

Dermal fillers are used to even out the skin. With these injections, composed of collagen, fat, or other commercial fillers, depressed scars can plump up and fill out.

#3 Chemical peeling

With this form of acne scar treatment, a strong acid is used to remove the top layer of the skin.

#4 Laser resurfacing

Laser skin resurfacing removes the top layer of the skin and has a fast healing time. Pulsed light sources can help reduce the appearance of scars. However, laser skin resurfacing is subtle. It’s not uncommon to have it done a few times in order to achieve the best results.

#5 Microneedling

This procedure uses a small handheld pen or needle-studded roller to pierce numbed skin. As it heals, the skin produces collagen, which can plump and even out skin. The results for microneedling are also subtle, and there may need to be repeated sessions.

#6 Minor surgery

A BHSkin Dermatology skincare expert can remove a large acne scar. It may leave behind a smaller scar, but it should fade over time. There is also subcision, which is when a scar is lifted by loosening the fibers beneath it. This brings the scar closer to the surface so it’s less noticeable.

#7 Alpha-hydroxy acids

Alpha-hydroxy acids are used to treat acne. They aid in removing dead skin and preventing clogged pores. These acids also help in making acne scars appear less noticeable.

#8 Topical Retinoids

Topical retinoids speed up cell regeneration and improve skin texture, making your acne scars appear less noticeable. Talk with one of our expert dermatologists today to see what concentration is right for you. Topical retinoids with a higher concentration must be prescribed.


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