Acne Scar Treatment in Austin
Many of us look back at our teen years fondly, and just as many cringe at our years of teen awkwardness. For those who suffered from acne throughout their years as a young adult, the cringing may not be over thanks to acne scars left behind. Acne is painful, uncomfortable, and frustrating, but even more so because it does permanently mar the skin – even when the acne is a thing of the distant past. The good news is that Personique On The Spot in Austin can help speed up the healing process of acne-damaged skin by rebuilding collagen that will greatly improve skin texture and create radiant skin that looks healthier than before.
ACNE AND ACNE SCARS EXPLAINED
Acne is a skin condition that creates inflamed blemishes that can appear anywhere on the body. Acne blemishes are, technically, pores that are full of dead skin cells, excessive amounts of natural oils known as sebum, and bacteria. As the pore swells, it causes the wall of the follicle to swell, too. Eventually, it breaks and causes lesions to form beneath the skin.
Though the lesions are actually quite mild and typically heal quickly, they will leave scars. Any damage to the skin will always result in a scar. If the lesion is deep enough and the materials within the pore are infected, it creates a much deeper lesion. The body attempts to repair the break and clear up the infection, and once all of the irritation and swelling are gone, there is usually a scar.
There are two varieties of acne scars:
Also called depressed scars, these are concave and due to a loss of tissue. They are visible “pocks” in the skin and can include small, hole-like scars or the larger depressed areas that are flat or ovoid with steep sides
These are the type of acne scars caused by the overproduction of collagen during healing. This causes a raised scar that may be small or massive in size
Many people also experience skin discoloration or dark spots caused by an acne blemish or breakout. These may be purple to brown and may fade over time or leave some permanent discoloration or changes in pigmentation.
SHOULD YOU CONSIDER ACNE SCAR REMOVAL?
Scars are a natural part of healing, but they can also be a constant reminder of the acne you once suffered. There are many reasons that you may want to treat your acne scars, including:
- Boosting your self-esteem and comfort in social conditions
- Improving your appearance
- Improving the look, feel, and condition of your skin
- Improving the range of motion in deeply scarred skin
- Creating more evenly toned skin
Which type of scarring do you have and which treatment is best for it? That depends on several factors. The very first step in getting your acne scars removed is to consult with a skincare expert who can evaluate your conditions and help you decide on your goals.
As a prime example, you may have deeply pitted scars that can be addressed with some laser treatment but might also require some fillers to reduce their appearance or noticeability.
THE BENEFITS OF SCAR REMOVAL
There are many good reasons to choose scar removal, including:
- It is usually non-invasive, safe, and effective
- It can reduce scar pain and itch
- It can increase range of motion in scars that limit movement
- It makes any scar less noticeable
- It can often be accomplished in only a few visits
- It works well around sensitive areas, including the eyes, mouth, and forehead
- It is not painful, but sedation is always an optionIt is an outpatient treatment, and you can go home right after the procedure is done
Naturally, the benefits depend entirely on the type of treatment and the type of acne scarring you suffer, but most patients find they enjoy all of those benefits and more.
IS SCAR REMOVAL TREATMENT PERMANENT?
Let’s be frank about eliminating scars…it is not possible to entirely erase scarring. However, acne scar removal options can dramatically reduce their appearance. This is particularly true if you and your doctor work out a plan that relies on multiple treatment methods, including laser treatments, IPL treatments, and topical treatments.
TALK WITH A DOCTOR ABOUT ACNE SCAR TREATMENT
As noted, acne scars come in two different forms. They can either be a mild wave-like form, or they can be deep and narrow. Treatment plans will be customized depending on the type of acne scarring you have and the severity of your case.
Treatment options include a Chemical Peel and/or a Microdermabrasion treatment to help exfoliate the top layer of skin. For more severe cases, we recommend a laser-aided approach to stimulate the production of new collagen and elastin that remodels the skin’s surface, leaving it smoother.
You will also want to avoid sun exposure as it will always darken any sort of scar. Acne and injury scars all become more pronounced with sun exposure. The use of sunscreen is one small step anyone can take to reduce the looks of scars. However, when it comes to addressing the scarring and reducing its appearance, it is the in-office options that will yield the best results.
SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT
At Personique on the Spot, we offer a variety of treatments to help you achieve smoother, healthier skin. Call us today at (512) 599-8672 to learn more about your Austin acne scar treatment options or simply fill out the form to schedule a consultation.