The only thing worse than living through your developmental years with acute acne is trying to face adulthood with the remaining scars, knowing that they aren’t likely to go anywhere. For those who suffer from acne scarring, there is still hope in the realm of laser treatments.
Laser resurfacing is a treatment that can help reduce the appearance of acne scars and even eliminate them completely in some cases. If you want to learn more about how laser resurfacing can help treat your acne scars, read on!
A Little Background, Where Do Acne Scars Come From?
When sebum and dead cells collude to block skin pores, acne develops that can lead to inflammation and lesions.
While most acne will pass without scarring, sometimes the severity is more than your body can manage cleanly, and it forms more collagen to repair the damage, which can produce scarring. While most people don’t develop acne severe enough for this to be a concern, for those patients who have acute acne the scarring can actually get to be quite severe.
Are All Acne Scars The Same?
Acne scars vary in type based on what was going on when they formed and healed. These three different types are known as Atrophic, Keloidal, and Hypertrophic scars. We’re going to go into each of these scars a little bit to explain the differences and what can be done to help them.
These scars result when there is a loss of tissue during the healing process, leading to the skin having depressions. Three common types of atrophic scars are boxcar scars (A Scar with a U-Shape and a wide Base), Icepick scars (Scars that are deep and indented), and rolling scars (typically an M-Shaped scar).
Keloid and Hypertrophic Scars
These kinds of scars are the result of the healing process producing too much collagen, leading to ridges and other raised areas on the surface of the skin. Keloids have a deep color to them, appearing as papules of red-purple and being able to spread beyond the initial source of the scar. These types of scars are common in those with dark skin.
How Can Laser Resurfacing Help?
There are a few techniques that are used to help the appearance of acne scars that use laser resurfacing as their foundation. The two most common techniques involve the use of ablative or non-ablative lasers, meaning lasers that either remove or do not remove damaged tissues. Non-ablative lasers function by stimulating collagen development to help restore tautness to your skin.
If you have more questions about laser resurfacing and how it can help restore your appearance through the minimization or elimination of acne scarring, pick up the phone and give Dr. Amber Allen a call at Allen Aesthetic Surgery.
Every year thousands of patients visit Dr. Allen in Raleigh, NC to get their assistance in eliminating acne scarring and improving their confidence by enhancing their appearance through cosmetic treatments. Don’t let your acne scars keep you hiding from the world any longer.