Effective and efficient treatment for acne scars? (Photo)
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Multistep approach to acne scars
Acne Scar Options
It looks like you need a combination of treatments if you want both of these addressed.
As with most medical procedures, there is not one way to achieve an outcome. There are different lasers and techniques used to improve your appearance. One key would be to have the practice show you before and after photos of skin types and acne scars like yours to indicate that they can actually deliver on the expectations.
To see our before and after photos for Los Angeles acne scar patients, click on the link below.
Acne Scarring -- Requires a Combination of Fractional Laser Resurfacing, Fillers Like Bellafill, Subcision and Eclipse Micropen
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Johnson C. Lee MD
Your condition will require more than one intervention.
Starting with topical/homecare-You would do very well to combine the ZO Medical Kit referenced below along with use of Retin-A at night, starting with only 3 nights per week. There are prescription components in the system so you will need to find a doctor's office that carries this line. You can go to the ZO Skinhealth Website and use the Find a Doctor feature to see who near you carries the products. The non prescription ones can be obtained online but you really need the Melamix, Melamin and Retin A and those are Rx only.
Next- indented scars- consider going to an experienced injector who does Bellafill for acne scarring. Laser is also an option but since your screenname says "i love the sun" and since you are a darker skin type who is at higher risk for hyperpigmentation from laser, this would be tricky and I certainly wouldn't do it unless your skin was pre-treated with hydroquinone for 6 weeks prior and you could avoid the sun for that time, as well as minimum 2 weeks post treatment.
Another useful treatment over time could be microneedling with platelet rich plasma/PRP- the so called Vampire Facial- to stimulate collagen remodelling in the skin.
Lisa Vuich, MD
ZO® Multi-Therapy Hydroquinone System - RX
An all-encompassing system formulated to help treat hyperpigmentation, severe texture damage, sun damage and general skin health restoration.
Melamin™ Skin Bleaching & Correcting Crème – Net Wt. 32 g / 1.12 Oz.
Glycogent™ Exfoliationg Accelerator, 10% Concentration – 30 mL / 1 Fl. Oz.
Melamix™ Skin Lightener & Blending Crème – Net Wt. 32 g / 1.12 Oz.
Ossential® Daily Power Defense – 30 mL / 1 Fl. Oz.
Oclipse-C™ Broad-Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 50 – Net Wt. 60 g / 2 Oz.
- Treats moderate to severe hyperpigmentation, especially melasma
- Treats severely dry, dull, rough and leathery textured skin to help restore a smooth, healthy glow
- Great to use as pre/post procedure skin conditioning to help maintain results longer
- Helps improve overall appearance and quality of skin
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