Do acne scars get worse over the years ?
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Acne scar treatments in Los Angeles
Best Laser Treatments for Acne Scars
Acne Scarring -- Requires a Combination of Fractional Laser Resurfacing, Fillers Like Bellafill, Subcision and Eclipse Micropen
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Acne scars worsen with age
The reason that acne scars worsen with age is because your skin loses collagen and elasticity as you age. In other words, injecting collagen or volume into scars will make your scars look better. That is why I use Sculptra on many patients who have acne scars to give added volume to their face and produce new collagen. I much prefer the eMatrix for your type of skin color and acne scars. You can go deeper than with the total FX and not have to worry about hyperpigmentation. I treat so many patients with acne scars and it is a complex process to give the best cosmetic results. Best, Dr. Green
Acne scars and worsening with age
It's not possible to give any specific recommendations without seeing you in person or seeing pictures but you might consider microneedling as a less invasive alternative to laser resurfacing. In my practice, we are seeing good results with SkinPen microneedling for boxcar and rolling scars and there is little downtime. We generally recommend a series of five treatment sessions to start with.
I would recommend that you get an opinion from an expert in the treatment of acne scars who offers more than one type of treatment for acne scars.
Yes with volume loss
For the best results, one should target the acne scar type with ideal treatments. For example deep ice pick scars, and narrow box car scars can be treated with TCA CROSS peels, mixed scars, rolling, and atrophic scars treated with fractional devices such as Fraxel, fractional lasers, and INFINI radiofrequency. Atrophic scars (depressions) can be treated with either fat grafts, or with HA dermal fillers. Tethered and anchored scars are best treated with surgery.
The majority of patients will have a collection of different scar types, and hence a tailored treatment METHOD will be best. Careful examination, especially under angled lighting with scar mapping will give you an understanding of what are the best options for your scars.
All the best,
Dr Davin Lim
Laser, surgical & aesthetic dermatologist
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