Over the counter skin care products often promise to reduce the appearance of acne scars and inflammation and they do make good on their promise to reduce the appearance. Many of today’s skin creams and scrubs contain acids such as salicylic and glycolic acid, which serve well as exfoliators. Fade creams can lighten the redness that goes along with severe acne scarring, but neither of these options will rid you of the scars, nor will they repair the pitting that causes indentions in your skin.
If the indentions or pitting is what bothers you the most about your scarring, you can consider filler injections. A thin needle is used to inject a filler solution into areas around the indentations, causing little or no pain. This method only works on one of the three types of pitting and needs to be reapplied about every four months, as the body will absorb the filler over time.
Done in a physician’s office, a concentrated acid solution (more powerful than what is available over the counter) is applied to the face and dissolves the top layer of skin, allowing the new skin underneath to shine through. As the old skin is exterminated, blistering and redness may appear, and as such, sun exposure should be limited in the initial days after the peel has been completed.
Microdermabrasion exfoliates the skin by “sanding” away the damaged top layer of skin using a small wand in a physician’s office. This procedure is effective and has very little discomfort or down time associated with it, but it will need to be repeated periodically.
Using a liposuction process, fat is taken out from another area of your body, processed, and then injected into the pitted areas of your skin. Safer than other fillers, as you won’t have to worry about an allergic reaction, fat grafting plumps up your skin, eradicating the pits of acne while giving you a more youthful appearance. This procedure takes about an hour to perform and is generally pain-free.
At the end of the day, there are pros and cons to all the above listed treatments, and you may find that laser acne scar removal is the best solution for you. When you schedule a consultation with Dr. Seiger – one of the best skin doctors in Michigan – we will discuss all options with you in great detail. Working with The Skin & Vein Center is the best way to discover the best you—shouldn’t you give it a shot?
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