Are holes after acne permanent?

Or can they heal after years? 1? How many? 1? 2? 3? 4? More?

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Deep Acne Scar Treatment

Generally, deep acne scars are not permanent and you can get treatments, though it may not be 100% resolved. The best course for deep acne scars is a combination of V-beam for redness, fillers such as Restalyne or Bellafill, or Sculptra injections to produce new collagen.  Depending on the level of acne scars, chemicals peels,micro needling, PRP, E-Matrix, and Fraxel are all excellent treatments. Please consult a baord certified dermatologist with expertise in acne scars for the best cosmetic results. Best,  Dr. Green

Acne Scarring -- Lasers (Fraxel, Co2/Erbium, VIVA, Intensif); Microneedling/PRP, Fillers (Bellafill); Subcision; Punch Excision

Pitted acne scars do not have to be permanent, though they may not be 100% resolved. Lasers microneedling, PRP, fillers, subcision and punch excision can all help. Best, Dr. Emer

Jason Emer, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
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Are holes from Acne permanent. Not if you get treatment for it.

You can get treatment for this for sure. They're many options. TCA, lasering can all help. Lasering is our preferred approach. But there are special ways to improve your acne scars that takes a lot of experience. You have to treat Acne at multiple different layers of the skin. If you don't do this you will only get a partial result.  The way to get your holes to be better is to create a controlled trauma to the depressed portion of the hole to get it to raise up to the level of your skin.

Philip Young, MD
Bellevue Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Acne scars

Acne scars are treated differently depending on their appearance and structure. Sometimes there is no actual scar at all, but just a dark spot from inflammation. These spots usually improve on their own if you protect them and keep them out of the sun. In the meantime, to control the inflammation and acne breakouts, topical retin-a cream with intermittent salicylic acid peels can dramatically improve your skin tone and frequency of breakouts. Once the acne is controlled and you continue to do have remaining scars due to permanent dermal injury from acne, a variety of treatments can be performed to remodel the scar from energy-based lasers and radiofrequency devices to mechanical disruption of the scar with microneedling. Deep wide scars can be released and filled in with subcision and fillers and ice-pick (thin, deep) scars are best treated by excising them completely. For the best treatment options, it is important to visit an expert for an in-person examination. Hope this helps! Johnson C. Lee MD Plastic Surgery

Johnson C. Lee, MD
Beverly Hills Physician
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