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    Get Rid of Acne Scars For Good

    Acne Scars Treatment in Newport Beach, California

    Acne scars occur when blemishes damage the skin and the body produces either too much or too little collagen when repairing the damage. Atrophic scars are depressions into the skin, which occurs when not enough collagen is produced. Common atrophic scars include boxcar, rolling, and ice pick acne scars. Hypertrophic scars appear raised because they are caused by too much collagen being produced.

    Acne scars of all types can be frustrating and hard to get rid of. Patients in Irvine, CA have several options for treating their acne scars, including laser treatments, PRP, chemical peels, a PDO thread lift, and RF microneedling. These treatments work by resurfacing the skin and promoting collagen production to prompt your body to heal your acne scars naturally.


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    Frequently Asked Questions – Treatments For Acne Scars

    Acne scars can look like raised bumps, depressions in the skin, or dark spots. Boxcar scars are indented and U-shaped with sharp edges. Ice pick scars are narrow and can go deep into the skin; they normally are round or oval and can be mistaken for chickenpox scars. Rolling scars are wide depressions in the skin with rounded edges. Discoloration from acne can look like red, brown, or purple marks that may fade over time.

    Atrophic acne scars look like depressions in the skin, which occurs when the skin is damaged and too little collagen is produced to repair the skin. Hypertrophic scars are raised bumps that stand out from the skin. This type of scar occurs when the body produces too much collagen when healing the damage from acne. 

    The best treatments for atrophic scars are procedures that boost collagen production by resurfacing the skin. A PDO thread lift, laser treatment, PRP, a chemical peel, and RF microneedling are all effective at treating depressed acne scars. 

    The best treatments for hypertrophic scars are lasers, RF microneedling, and corticosteroid injections. Laser treatment and RF microneedling work by creating minimal, targeted damage to the top layer of the skin. When the skin heals itself, it will also heal imperfections like raised acne scars. Corticosteroid injections treat hypertrophic scars by breaking the bonds between the fibers, causing the scar to shrink.

    A PDO thread lift is a procedure that uses sugar threads to lift sagging skin on the face and neck. Sugar threads have the added benefit of boosting the body’s collagen production, which makes them ideal for treating atrophic acne scars. 

    Some lasers, like the CO2 laser, are only effective on patients with lighter skin tones. Patients with darker skin tones are good candidates for treatments with the Pico laser because it won’t damage their skin. 

    Certain at-home treatments can fade less severe acne scars. Skin care products containing alpha hydroxy acids, lactic acids, and salicylic acid work on most types of acne scars. Topical retinoids are a popular at-home treatment for depressed scars. While at-home treatments may effectively fade certain types and severities of acne scars, the best way to get rid of acne scars for good is with an in-office procedure. 

    Some acne scars will fade on their own. It normally takes 3 to 6 months for shallow acne scars to heal enough to be less visible. Deeper acne scars and raised acne scars are unlikely to heal completely. Patients will require special treatment to get rid of their acne scars for good. 

    The best way to prevent acne scars from forming is to prevent acne in the first place. Maintaining a consistent skin care routine and avoiding excessive sun exposure can help. If acne does occur, it is very important to avoid popping, picking at, or scratching it. Acne scars are caused when the skin is damaged from a breakout, so patients must avoid damaging their skin to prevent acne scars.

    PRP is short for platelet-rich plasma. It is a treatment where the patient’s own plasma is applied to the skin using a microneedling device. By resurfacing the skin, this procedure removes damaged skin cells and breaks up acne scars. The plasma and the device promote collagen production, so the skin will naturally heal scars and wrinkles over time. 

    Schedule a consultation at Qazi Cosmetic Clinic to learn which procedure Dr. Qazi recommends for his patients’ acne scars.

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