Can dermabrasion reduce the appearance of my acne scar? (Photo)
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Dermabrasion for Acne Scars
Can dermabrasion reduce the appearance of my acne scar
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Dermabrasion isn't the Best, but it can Help
At the end of the day, it takes a good cosmetic dermatologist to ensure the removal of acne scars; but, each of these procedures certainly have the potential at doing so non-invasively.
Different Types Of Acne Scars Require Different Treatment Approaches.
Dermabrasion, whether automated or manual is a time honored approach to acne scar treatment that has been effective for making depressed scars more shallow and for evening out surface irregularities. However, it is not without its potential for adverse results and prolonged downtime.
Fractional microneedle resurfacing, on the other hand, aka medical microneedling, a relatively inexpensive technqiue, may then be used, if necessary, to blend any residual irregularities in surface texture and tone of the scars. It is associated with little to no significant downtime.
Consult with a board certified aesthetic physician with experience and expertise in scar treatments. Since acne scars come in different varieties that require specific tailored treatments for each kind, be very wary of the allure of marketing hype for this or that kind of laser or fraxel or any other device or approach for that matter that promises that it will be a "one size fits all."
Best treatment for acne scars
I have found micro-needling to be even more effective when combined with the application of human growth factor serums at the time of the treatment. This treatment works by stimulating the skin to trigger the release of growth factors to create more collagen and elastic fibers, resulting in thicker, healthier looking skin with greater improvement in the appearance of the acne scars.
In my office, we use the ProCell Therapies system which combines motorized micro-needling with concentrated growth factor serums made from human bone marrow stem cells and are seeing excellent results in the treatment of acne scars. Our patients also maintain their improvement by using growth factor serums at home after their office treatment.