Medical Treatment for Acne Scars

We all have battle scars. Some of them are quite literal, in full view for everyone to see and speculate on. Others are hidden and may come in different kinds of feelings, ideals, and principles. Battle scars are good reminders of challenges we surpassed successfully, and therefore should be worn with pride. But what if your battle scars come in deep pocket marks that dot your face?

Our teenage years are often complex. Aside from the emotional growth we experience, teenage life also gives our hormones a vicious shake, stirring up physical or bodily changes that last for a long time, if not permanently. We discover ourselves dealing with things like acne that can leave behind marks that cause shame and embarrassment even when we become adults.

medical treatment for acne scarsFortunately, advancements in medicine and technology now provide us with several options to take care and finally get rid of acne scars. There are many things to consider, though, before undergoing treatment with a dermatologist. On top of that list of concerns should be the treatment’s effectiveness and possible side effects. One should also consider the price and if it can be afforded, the time it takes to undergo treatment and how long the “down time” (healing process) will take. The patient’s tolerance for pain and threshold for discomfort are also considered.

Laser Treatments

With this kind of treatment, a laser beam is used to make the outer layer of skin disintegrate. While the skin heals, newer, younger skin is pushed forward to the surface, making dark acne scars less visible. Laser treatments are used to fade away acne marks. It also help break down pigments of unwanted tattoos, cure rosacea and other types of hyperpigmentation, even out skin tone and reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles. Pain is often manageable. However, some laser treatments might be more intense and would require administering the patient with both oral and pain relievers.

Soft Tissue Fillers

This is an invasive procedure that involves injecting the skin with soft tissue fillers such as hyaluronic acid, calcium hydroxyapatite, and poly-L-lactic acid. These substances are known to stimulate the growth of collagen, proteins found in the body’s connective tissues. The procedure entails very little discomfort. However, some patients prefer to apply ice on their faces prior to the process or opt to have an anesthetic or a numbing cream applied to the area. This procedure is also used to give lips a plumper appearance, improve skin elasticity and smooth out wrinkles; however, soft tissue fillers are temporary and would normally last from six months to two years.

Dermabrasion

Dermabrasion involves the removal of the outer layer of skin through the use of a rotating wire brush or wheel. The top skin layers disintegrate through this process, which often causes minimal bleeding or skin injuries. New skin appears when the damaged skin has fully healed. While lauded for its effectiveness in smoothing out wrinkles and getting rid of acne scars, dermabrasion causes mild pain that needs to be controlled with topical anesthesia during the procedure and oral pain relievers several days after the dermabrasion take place.