Chronic acne can leave permanent scars on an individual’s face. A scar is formed as a natural part of the body’s healing process. These scars vary from deep pit scars to angular and wavelike scars. Fortunately, laser treatments are available at our office to reduce the appearance of acne scarring.
How do acne scars form?
Acne scars are scars like any other. They generally appear after facial acne clears up and are remnants left behind. During an acne breakout they are more common when irritated (by touching or scratching), risks increase when individuals:
- Have redder inflammatory acne. Swollen, painful, often cystic acne, that penetrates deep into the pores.
- Don’t treat acne in a timely manner.
- Pick, squeeze or pop their acne
- Have acne scars run in their family. Acne scars can be hereditary, passed on through generations.
Acne scars are a product of deep penetrating cystic acne, and tissue damage. Like scars on other regions of the body they present themselves when the body is trying to heal itself, however being on the face, deep in the pore, they do not heal as fast on their own. Acne scars can last for life in severe cases. When trauma from acne occurs, the body produces collagen to heal itself. If too little or too much collagen is produced, then a scar will appear.
Treatment with Laser Skin Resurfacing
Laser skin resurfacing removed skin layer by layer with precision. The new skin cells that form during healing give the skin a tighter, younger looking surface. The procedure can be done alone or in conjunction with other cosmetic procedures.
The lasers penetrate the skin’s surface and using high-energy beams stimulate the body’s own natural production of collagen. This collagen allows for the production of fresh, new skin cells that replace the old, dead skin cell’s formerly on the skin’s surface.
As the lasers penetrate the skin, they resurface the outer layer and remove the scars along with the older skin. The new skin cells take its place, and patients are left with a fresh, new layer of skin that is far smoother, softer, and more supple, free of blemishes and acne scars!
Laser skin resurfacing is one of the best new methods of scar and blemish removal in practice today. If you are suffering from acne scars and are in need of treatment contact us today.