Treatment for Acne Scarring

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Acne is a very common problem.  It affects up to 80% of teens, and roughly 5% of adults.  Although most people who experience acne do not experience severe scarring, some patients can find their scarring to be quite disturbing.  One study, by Layton and associates, showed that as many as 95% of some patients may be affected to some extent by acne scarring.

The best way to prevent acne scarring is to treat acne early and aggressively.  Treatment regimens typically include topical and oral medications.  In some cases laser treatment can also be helpful.  Other preventative measures include not picking scabs, using Retin-A, and avoiding direct sunlight on the face.

In contrast to hypertrophic scarring, most acne scarring is atrophic in nature related to destruction and loss of supporting tissues.  Jacobs and colleagues categorized acne scars into three groups:  ice pick, boxcar, and rolling.

A wide range of procedures have been used to treat acne scarring including dermal fillers, punch excision, punch excision with skin grafting, punch elevation, subcision, laser resurfacing, and dermabrasion.

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Yuba City Plastic Surgeon