Dear bright face: If you can't afford laser or, even better, #microneedling with PRP, then I would recommend a #ViPeel. There are many treatments available for the treatment of acne scars, but microdermabrasion will have virtually no benefit for you. Try to get a prescription for Tazarac, which can help slowly, over time, and is more effective than the tretinoin you are using, and see if you can purchase a product with growth factors called #Regenica Replenishing Cream or #TNS serum, and #Alastin. I do hope this is helpful! Dr. Clark
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Hi brightface. Thanks for sharing photos. Acne scars are difficult to treat with approaches that do not penetrate deeper into the skin. Microdermabrasion is a superficial treatment that I wouldn't start with. Deeper chemical peels can make an impact, and will likely need to be repeated after waiting an appropriate interval of time. Keep up with the Tretinoin-great for continued cell turnover and increasing collagen content- 0.01% is a very weak strength however. Some patients with skin sensitivity benefit from the use of probiotics and diet changes. Have a consult with an ABPS certified PS' office-be sure to ask about microneedling which is also a good option and around the same price range. Best wishes,
Thank you for your question. I suggest that you consult with a board certified facial plastic surgeon to discuss the medium depth chemical peel. This solution is used to deal with acne scars, deeper wrinkling, and uneven skin color. Most often the acids used for the medium chemical peel are tricholoracetic acid and glycoric acid. Best wishes,
A treatment that is gaining popularity for his is fraxel treatment of the skin. If you have darker skin then you would want to have non-ablative fraxel with coated tips (e.g., Fractora) to avoid pigmentary color changes. Fraxel has to be periodically repeated, but would do much more than microdermabrasion and superficial peels. These are hard to treat with dermal fillers, but some improvement can sometimes be achieved. Strong TCA chemical peel to ice-pick scars can help, but has to be applied directly to the depression and not to surrounding areas. Best regards.
We offer micro dermabrasion but do not perform this procedure to treat acne scars. Some deeper chemical peels will help. Acne scars are a particularly difficult problem to address. We usually treat this condition with a combination laser and filler protocol. and sometimes also use peels. You indicate that you can't afford lasers, our sublative treatments are performed by our aestheticians and are less expensive than full-scale fraxal or CO2 laser treatments. I would check with a board-certified dermatologist and indicate your pricing concerns. Dr. Adrienne Stewart MD F AAD
Microdermabrasion will do nothing and is a waste of time and money. For acne scarring treatments to be effective, you need to even the surface level of the skin. This can done by raising the depressed scar with filler, or by lowering and leveling the irregular complexion with a resurfacing procedure, such as a dermabrasion (not microdermabrasion), laser, or deep chemical peels. Light and medium depth peels will not be effective.You must also remember that once you have a scar, you will always have a scar. The goal in treatment is to make the scar more cosmetically acceptable and less noticeable. Consult with an experienced facial plastic surgeon.
chem peels do help acne scars a little but need to be at least a medium TCA peel to make any difference. Micro dermabrasions do nothing at all. Real dermabrasion is the best way to improve scars.