What acne scar treatment can be done while on Accutane?
Acne Scar Treatment While on Accutane?
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Acne scar treatment after Accutane
Generally 6 months after finishing would be safe, though 1 year would be ideal. That said, it all depends on how aggressive one is as far as acne treatment. Mild things like chemical peels & microdermabrasion & fillers & subcision would be fine after 6 months, while ablative or resurfacing lasers (e.g. CO2, fractional lasers) are worth waiting for 1 year to be perfectly safe. Good luck!
Fillers for scars, nothing else
Accutane can interfere with the production of collagenase. This is an enzyme that breaks down excessive collagen during the healing process. When this happens, a keloidal type scar or a hyperplastic scar (excess tissue) may result. This is why most dermatologists and plastic surgeons advise avoiding ablative procedures for 6 months to a year after Accutane.
Performing acne procedures while on Accutane
Any treatment that requires healing of the skin surface should not be performed while on Accutane. This product can impair of delay healing. Some physicians recommend waiting at least 6 months and others advise up to 2 years.
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Acne scar treatment during accutane treatment requries conservative treatment.
Accutane is a very effective medicine for treating ongoing acne. However, it dramatically affects wound healing and it would be wise to avoid any surgical treatment for acne scarring until you are off of the medication. Conservative facials or light peels can be done while on accutane and fillers can be used but nothing that can affect wound healing should be done while on accutane and not until being off of acutane for at least 10 to 12 months.
Accutane and ascne scar treatment
Accutane affects wound healing. Therefore, you should be off accutane for at least one year before undergoing any ablative or surgical procedure to treat the acne scars.
Maybe a filler
There is no resurfacing procedure, neither ablative nor non-ablative, that is recommended until AT LEAST 6 months after Accutane is discontinued. The same goes for peels. Less aggressive treatments can be tested after 6 months, but most wait 12 months to be sure.
If the scarring is the result of irregular contours, filling in the depressions with Restylane, Cosmoderm, Evolence, Radiesse, or Juvederm may be an option while on Accutane . Talk to your dermatologist.
Wait for 8-12 months after your accutane treatment is over.
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