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, 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.
Big Acne Scars what should I do?
With any red areas and scars that might be from recent acne, an aggressive skin care approach can help get things started. This will get you ready for a more definitive treatment for your acne scars. Then treating your scars with a multi-layered approach is a must. For example we have a unique 5-7 step process that treats all acne scars in about 2 hours.
Thank you for sharing your question and photo. Acne scars are one of the most difficult type of scars to treat. Usually, a combination approach is required. Patients often see benefits with erbium laser skin resurfacing and miconeedling with PRP (platelet rich plasma). Several treatment sessions might need to be performed for maximal benefit.
These red acne scars respond very well to the V-Beam laser. It may take multiple treatments but will improve these scars. Please consult an expert. Best, Dr. Green