I've been using the Obagi system for 3 mos, I'm Still breaking out. I just had a VI peel with ok results. Im opposed to laser due to having done it before with no results, the cost and fear of further scaring. (olive tone, scar very easily) My scar pigmentation issues are nearly resolved, my scars are 'rolling' and moderate. Not too deep. Would a series of VI peels or NEO glycolic peels in conjunction with microdermabrasion be beneficial to me? Or should I opt for a filler at this point?
What is the Best Treatment Option for Acne Scaring That's Not a Laser?
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Best non laser options for acne scar treatment
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Ultherapy 1.5mm, the new non-laser based Acne scar treatment
While Fractional co2 laser resurfacing and nonablative Nd:Yag laser such as GenesisPlus are mainstay treatments of acne scar treatment, if you are looking for non-laser based modality, there is one new option besides microdermabrasion, filler, and chemical peels. Ultherapy utilizing new 1.5mm transducer has been shown to be effective for softening acne scars though multiple treatments may be required. Ultherapy, safe for all skin types without risk of pigmentation or significant downtime, utilizes proprietary ultrasound technology to stimulate collagen, shrink pore size and remodel scar tissues.
It is very hard to advice what kind of treatment would benefit you the best without seeing you. In our practice we give our patients all the options you have, starting with laser, Profractional laser with micro laser peel. If you want more lasting results and bigger results we also recommend a mini facelift, stretching out the skin will help with the deep scars.
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It's difficult to know what to recommend for your scarring without a picture-but your first priority has to be to stop your acne breaking out. You need to stop the cause of the scarring before you go after the scarring. I recommend you see a board certified Dermatologist and get your acne under control as soon as you can. It will make treating your scarring easier and you'll get better, longer lasting results no matter what you do. I hope this helps - good luck.