Herpes and acne scars, how do I get rid of the scarring?
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Multiple treatments for acne scar revision.
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.
Treating acne scars with HSV
Treatment can be performed even with HSV if the virus is treated with Valtrex. I like the Infini for this and other methods which may help are: subcision, TCA Cross, PRP, Bellafill. Don't back off therapy because of the HSV.
Acne scarring and cold sores
I am sorry to hear of your challenges treating your skin. Without photographs it is difficult to make truly informed recommendations. I do feel that technology-based options are acceptable in patients who have a history of HSV as long as appropriate preventative measures are taken. For the treatment of depressed acne scars, aggressive subcision is often extremely helpful. Injectable fillers may play a role as well. Best of luck.