Acne Scars

Effective Acne Scar Treatment in Newport Beach for All Skin Tones

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How To Get Rid Of Acne Scars For Good

Acne Scars Treatment in Orange County, CA

Acne scars are caused by damage to the follicle wall when acne is popped or burst. It results in a wound in the skin. When the skin produces too much or too little collagen to repair the wound, it results in a scar.

Patients of all skin tones have several options for treating their acne scars including laser treatments, RF microneedling, and chemical peels.

Laser acne scar removal includes CO2 laser resurfacing and Erbium laser. These lasers work by resurfacing the skin which prompts the body to heal over the scars. The body will also produce collagen, which will fill in depressions in the skin.

Radio frequency microneedling combines controlled micro-injuries and RF energy to stimulate collagen production, effectively erasing acne scars.

Chemical peels exfoliate and stimulate skin renewal, effectively diminishing acne scars, and unveiling a clearer, smoother, and more youthful complexion.

Atrophic scars (depressed scars) can be treated effectively with Subcision, Bellafill, TCA Cross, punch excision, and punch grafting. Subcision for acne scars cuts the bands beneath the skin to reverse depressions. Bellafill is an injectable filler for acne scars that creates instant volume in the skin; it can raise acne scars and boost collagen levels. TCA Cross for acne scars utilizes trichloroacetic acid to promote collagen production to heal the scar. Both punch grafting and punch excision involve removing the scar from the skin surgically.

Raised acne scars can be treated with a topical retinoid, surgical removal, or a steroid injection. No matter the type of scar, patients do not have to live with their acne scars. Dr. Nadir Qazi is an expert in treating acne scars in Orange County on all skin types and skin tones safely.

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Frequently Asked Questions – Treatments For Acne Scars

There are 5 types of acne scars: boxcar scars, icepick scars, rolling scars, hypertrophic scars, and keloid scars. 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 and can be mistaken for chickenpox scars. Rolling scars are wide depressions in the skin with rounded edges. Hypertrophic and keloid scars are both raised bumps on the skin, but keloid scars are usually bigger.

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.

Treatments like RF microneedling, chemical peels, and laser therapy are all designed to resurface the skin. They do this by strategically and safely damaging the top layer of the skin. Once the damaged skin is gone, the skin can heal properly. When the skin is damaged like this, it also produces collagen. Greater collagen production means better skin texture and quality. It also allows the skin to fill in atrophic acne scars.

TCA Cross is a new treatment on the market for acne scars. CROSS stands for Chemical Reconstruction of Skin Scars. For the procedure, trichloroacetic acid is applied to acne scars. The acid triggers the body to produce more collagen, which can repair the depressed scars in the skin. TCA Cross can be combined with laser treatments for even better results. It normally takes 3-5 treatments, 6-8 weeks apart to see the best results.

Subcision is a treatment specifically for atrophic scars. It works best on rolling scars. Under an atrophic scar, there are fibrous bands that pull the skin down. During Subcision treatment, a small needle is inserted into the acne scars. When it is moved back and forth, it can be used to sever that band. Once the skin is no longer being pulled down, the appearance of the scar is improved.

Anyone with acne scars is a good candidate for laser treatment. Qazi Cosmetic Clinic offers a variety of laser treatments for all different skin tones. Patients with dark skin are suitable candidates for treatment with a pico laser. Because the pico laser uses short, gentle bursts of energy, it does not damage dark skin. These laser treatments can provide great results for patients with melanated skin.

Both punch grafting and punch excision involve the physical removal of the bit skin with the acne scar. For this procedure, the patient is given local anesthesia. Then a medical punch tool is used to remove the damaged skin. During punch grafting, clear skin is taken from a donor area and moved to fill the gap. For punch excision, no donor skin is used. Instead, the skin around the punch is pulled back together.

Ablative lasers, like the CO2 laser, work very well for treating non-pigmented acne scars. The laser removes the top layer of skin and allows the body to produce new, healthier skin. This healing process also prompts the body to make more collagen to improve skin texture. Non-ablative lasers are safe for patients with melanated skin. These lasers use energy to boost collagen collagen production in the body. There is very little damage to the surrounding skin. Pico Lasers are the best for treating pigmented acne scars. This laser delivers fast energy pulses and breaks up pigmentation in the skin. Pico Laser treatments are completely safe for all skin tones, including darker skin tones.

Some atrophic scar treatments also work on raised scars, for example, laser treatment. Other ways to treat raised acne scars include: cryotherapy, punch removal, a cortisone shot, and a topical retinol. Cryotherapy involves freezing the scar with liquid nitrogen; this can flatten it or remove it entirely. Punch grafting and punch excision can also be used to physically remove the scar. Cortisone is a steroid that can be injected into the raised scar to soften the scar tissue and shrink it.

Qazi Cosmetic Clinic specializes in treating patients with all skin tones. Most resurfacing treatments are safe for dark skin, including chemical peels, RF microneedling, non-ablative laser treatments, and pico laser treatments. The only treatment that is not safe for melanated skin is CO2 laser resurfacing. Atrophic scar treatments like punch excision, punch grafting, subcision, Bellafill, and TCA Cross are also safe for dark skin. Anyone with melanated skin can also safely get all of the available treatments for raised acne scars.

Bellafill is a type of dermal filler that is commonly used for creating volume in the skin. Unlike other fillers, Bellafill is made of a collagen base and PMMA (polymethyl methacrylate). Atrophic scars look like depressions in the skin due to a shortage of collagen. As a dermal filler, Bellafill can add volume to the skin, raising those acne scars. The collagen in Bellafill will also help improve the texture of the skin. The results can last up to 5 years and, in some cases, treat atrophic acne scars in a single treatment.

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

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