I'm not sure exactly what type of scarring i have , I have a few big marks and then it almost looks like u have little holes (ph
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Options for acne scars
Dark acne marks
Dark marks from acne
Much will depend on how quickly you want results and your budget.
1-Home or office chemical peels are an economical and effective first step; most people get adequate results.
2- The other important aspect is that just be avoiding picking, avoiding sun, wearing sunscreen, and using a bleaching cream at home, you can get great results.
3- If there is any chance that the acne is STILL ongoing, this must be addressed. There is no use is treating marks, when you will continue to get more.
4- any residual "icepick" scar (the tiny ones you point out) can also be nicely treated with TCA CROSS.
Certainly there are dozens of lasers and radiofrequency-based technologies however I do not think there is a need for you to start there. Simple steps shouldn't be overlooked. Be well!!
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Please consult a board certified dermatologist to ascertain what is the cause of the continued breakout. If it is hormonal or genetic. Then you can start using treatments to control the acne. The scars can be treated with Fraxel, eMatrix, Micropen, chemical peels or other modalities depending on the degree and type of scars. An in office consultation is really the only way to ascertain the best treatment. Best, Dr. Green
Active acne, a few minor box scars left cheek , congestion.
Acne scar revision is a specialised field. 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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