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.
Scarring requires a combination approach with lasers, microneedling, subcision, fillers etc. I suggest seeing an expert. Best, Dr. Emer.
Unfortunately acne can form scar tissue and once the acne clears it can be apparent the extent of the scars. The fibrous bands can create a "bound down" appearance and make the skin look worse. That's why fillers are highly effective as well for treating scar tissue. Lasers such as eMatrix and Fraxel also help a great deal. Please consult an expert.