Anyone who has really struggled with acne knows the frustration pimples bring. For some, it seems that no matter how much they wash their face, they just can’t make the bumps go away. But, what’s worse than those glaring red pimples? The blemishes they leave behind. Thankfully, because of acne scar treatment, there’s no need to let acne scars cause any more frustration.
Blemishes vs. Acne Scars
Most pimples leave behind evidence. Our hope is that its marks are superficial. If your skin remains smooth in dark or red areas, you simply have a blemish. These marks are not scars and they will eventually go away.
However, if you have a scar, you’re dealing with permanent skin damage that needs treatment in order to disappear. An acne scar changes the texture of the skin. If acne has left indentations, the damage has occurred at a deeper level in the skin. This “cobblestoning” effect indicates scarring that needs more than a surface-level treatment.
The best intervention for smooth skin is prevention. If you’re experiencing acne, you need to take steps to keep these scars from occurring. If you notice that your skin remains bumpy after a pimple has cleared, visit your dermatologist for an early treatment plan. The ultimate goal is to stop the scars from forming.
What Acne Scarring Is NOT
An acne scar is a change in texture in your skin. Usually, it’s depressed. It’s not a brown spot. Discoloration is temporary, but texture changes are permanent.
This bumpy texture, also known as cobblestoning, starts when a pimple creates an indentation. If you notice a low spot form from a pimple, get the dermatologist ASAP. The more aggressively you treat this type of acne, the less likely you are to deal with the long-term effects of acne scarring.
The Best Acne Scar Treatment
Scars form because collagen fills in damaged skin areas in a column pattern that mimics the wound. The collagen binds the skin, but it also pulls the skin down and contracts it making it a different texture from surrounding skin.
In scar treatments, we break up the collagen. Then, as it re-grows, it comes back more randomly and the web of collagen produces smoother skin. If you’re living with scars, we have two primary treatments for breaking up the collagen and rejuvenating your skin.
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Rejuvapen for Acne Scars
The most cost-efficient treatment is the Rejuvapen for acne scars. The Rejuvapen uses needles to pierce the collagen and change the pattern of the scar. The collagen then reforms in a different arrangement as the skin heals.
Laser Treatment for Acne Scars
Our second primary treatment, the Icon Laser, offers patients the best results for smoother skin. Laser therapy breaks up the scar with laser light. It punches holes in the collagen without ever piercing the skin. Because it doesn’t break the skin, recovery tends to be quicker after this treatment. Also, lasers penetrate deep into the skin causing long-lasting results.
The costs of laser treatments for acne scars vary drastically. Depending on the area and the type of laser you need, the costs of laser treatment for acne scars range from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars.
Why Is Dermatological Treatment Recommended for Acne Scars?
When you have true scars that have changed the texture of your skin, you’ll need a medical procedure to see improvement. We use a laser specifically approved by the FDA for treating laser scars. Some people try chemical peels, which aren’t very effective. Others try dermabrasion, a technique like a sanding wheel on your skin, but there’s a high risk of permanent scarring. A laser gets much better results without the same risk.
Schedule an Acne Scar Treatment Today
If you’re ready to start the process of removing your scars, rest assured, you’re in good hands. For an acne scar treatment in Dallas, just give us a call and we’ll help you choose the treatment that’s best for you.
We start with a consultation. An esthetician will examine your skin to determine your skin type and the severity of your scarring. Then they’ll decide how many treatments you’ll need. Typically, dark skin requires more treatments. Because dark skin is more prone to produce pigment, we reduce the amount of energy for each treatment. That way, you’ll avoid dark pigmented areas after your treatment.
You’ll also learn how to prepare for your treatment. We’ll give you products to apply before your procedure to prime your skin and avoid pigmentation. You’ll also receive information on pain medication and the downtime you’ll need as you recover. If you decide to take time off work, you can schedule your procedures before a weekend or take a few days off.
After your treatment, have your sunscreen ready. You’ll need to apply it heavily in the weeks following your procedure to avoid over-pigmentation.
If you’re a victim of acne scars, there’s no need to live with skin blemishes of the past. Laser treatments work at a deep level to leave you with beautiful smooth skin, and Rejuvapen delivers great results at a fraction of the cost. Contact us to discover the best choice for your skin!