Those that have suffered from severe acne have undoubtedly undergone medical treatment, often with little success. Even if the acne is eventually controlled through medications, the patients are usually left with acne scarring on their skin which can be embarrassing and affect their self-esteem. There are cosmetic surgery options that can be used to minimize the appearance of acne scars, giving patients smoother, healthier looking skin. Some techniques used include:
- Dermabrasion and chemical peels. Removing the top layer of skin cells through dermabrasion or a chemical peel can reduce this appearance of acne scarring.
- Dermal fillers. For less severe acne scars, dermal fillers can be used to smooth and fill the pitted skin, although these treatments are only temporary and would need to be continually repeated.
- Laser treatments. There are several laser treatments that have been proven effective in reducing acne scarring, including fractionated CO2 laser treatments. Also to reduce pigment changes, IPL and Filtered IPL may be used.
- Surgical treatment. In severe cases, surgical incision and closure are used to repair skin damaged from acne. This procedure can take longer to heal with more downtime, but for those with deeper acne scarring, the results can be worth undergoing this more intricate surgery.
Those with acne scars wanting to improve the appearance of their skin should consider all the different options available. Consulting an experienced cosmetic surgeon that offers a wide variety of solutions is the best place to begin. Each person’s situation is different and some may respond well to less invasive treatments such as chemical peels or laser treatments, while others may need surgery. But in the end, there is almost always a solution available to help those with severe acne improve the appearance of their skin through cosmetic procedures.
Posted on behalf of:
Beverly Hills Center for Plastic & Laser Surgery
120 South Spalding Drive #236
Beverly Hills, CA 90212