How do I diminish acne scarring? (photos)
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Most effective treatment(s) for acne scarring
At the next treatment session, I would use a deep fractional CO2 laser to correct textural irregularities at the surface and to stimulate the replenishment of damaged collagen and elastin in the dermis. In some patients, especially darker skin types, I prefer fractionated needle radiofrequency (Fractora) as an alternative to laser. Fractora RF has the advantage of reduced healing time and is a much more color safe device. Finally, if redness and inflammation are present, I would consider a vascular lasers or BBL devices to reduced redness and inflammation. Best of luck.
Treating Acne Scars
Thank you for posting the photos of your scars. From the photo it appears that you would need several treatments to minimize these scars. It is difficult to tell from a single photo but you would benefit from either Fraxel or eMatrix lasers. Both lasers work extremely well at improving acne scars. For the best results please consult a board certified dermatologist with a great deal of experience with lasers and cosmetic dermatology.
Acne scars on the face using a combination approach
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Acne Scarring -- Requires a Combination of Fractional Laser Resurfacing, Fillers Like Bellafill, Subcision and Eclipse Micropen
Skin type, scar type, down time....factors to consider.
With the two limited photos my plan is as follows-
Fractional laser- CO2 is my preferred, even in dark skin types. 3-5 sessions.
Subcision during, or after CO2 for tethered scars
Dermal filler at the end for atrophic scars.
Realistically a program like this takes a year to complete, but gives the best long term results.
For an in depth explanation of acne scar treatments review my before and afters- note, each case is unique, and a tailored program will give you the best results by far.
All the best
Dr Davin Lim
Laser & Aesthetic Dermatologist
Acne Scars – Combination of Treatments Needed
The best treatment for acne scars depends upon an individual’s skin type, age, ethnicity, sun exposure, overall health and most importantly, the type of acne scars present (ice pick scars, boxcar scars, rolling scars, hypertrophic scars and variable degrees of hyperpigmentation). In order to give you an accurate treatment plan, a consultation is required to properly assess your skin.
An important step for all skin types is sun protection including the use of daily sunscreen, sun hats and sunglasses, all of which help prevent aging and sunburns.
When it comes to acne scar treatments, a combination of treatments are available including cosmeceuticals (medical grade skin care products specific for acne including ZO® Skin Health or ZO® Medical, Skinceuticals® or Glo-Minerals®), advanced laser resurfacing procedures (CO2 laser, Er:YAG laser, Fraxel DUAL®, PicoSure® FOCUS Lens Array), chemical peels (light, medium, deep including the blue peel), dermabrasion, augmentation/fillers, excision and/or subcision, punch techniques, microneedling/rolling, injections (corticosteroids, interferon, 5-FU), cryosurgery, electrodesiccation and microdermabrasion.These are advanced techniques so be sure to get an experienced dermatologist or plastic surgeon consultation for recommendations and treatment options.
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