If you struggled with chronic acne during your adolescent years, you may have lingering scars on your face or another visible part of your body. Some individuals who suffer a burn or a significant wound that becomes infected can also develop a noticeable scar. These dermal imperfections can leave you feeling self-conscious about your appearance. At the same time, a raised scar in an area that requires frequent shaving can also be very prone to suffering nicks and potential re-injury.
Here at our practice, there are a few potential ways we can minimize acne scars and other dermal defects. While the scar may not be completely gone, it can be reduced enough to become unnoticeable to the casual observer.
The scar reduction process starts with our doctor performing a basic examination to determine the extent of the scarring as well as the specific characteristics of your skin. Be sure to mention any skin care products you are currently using as well as any medication you are taking. We can then help you understand your treatment options.
Sometimes a small acne scar on the face can be minimized with a chemical peel and the follow-up use of prescription-strength skin cream. This option might be preferential for minimizing an area of insignificant acne scars.
If you have scars that are large or raised up, our doctor might recommend using a targeted laser treatment. Recent advancements in laser scar reduction treatments have made it a popular option for minimizing dermal defects including raised or textured scars.
This procedure can be performed on an outpatient basis. If the defects in the dermis are significant, you will likely need to return to our clinic for multiple scar reduction treatments.
Afterward, our doctor will help you understand basic measures you will need to take to maximize the effects of the scar reduction treatment. This might include limiting your sun exposure and making sure to use sunblock with a high SPF if you are going to be out in the sun for any length of time.
Smoking can also impact the health and texture of your skin. If you do smoke or use other tobacco products regularly, you might want to consider reducing this habit or embracing total cessation.
If you have acne scars or other dermal defects that leave you feeling self-conscious about your appearance, you should consider calling our experienced team to explore the scar reduction options available at our clinic. We’ll be happy to help find a solution with you today!