Acne Scars

Acne is no longer a problem only associated with teenagers. Patients of all ages are visit Dr Ron Shelton to learn about ways to improve and control this condition. There are many reasons acne may occur, and patients who receive a proper diagnosis through our practice are able to work hard at getting the condition to a much better place. However, even after the acne is gone, some patients deal with acne scars.

Acne scars are caused by inflammation that occurs. Cysts, papules, and pustules can become inflamed and swell, breaking the skin’s surface and causing the skin to try to heal from the trauma. When this happens, some individuals are left with a lasting scar due to the destroyed skin tissue.

In order to repair areas of the skin where acne scars are presents, patients must first consult a dermatologist to receive a proper diagnosis. Acne scars can vary in shape and thickness. Some are deep and very narrow (known as ice pick acne scars) and others are broad known as craters or more angulated box cars, while others appear as a raised surface on the skin. Some are also different in color, some being red, white and others, brown. This hyperpigmentation may be faded with certain medications. Deep and severe acne scars may be improved by other means.

Dr. Shelton offers a few methods of reducing the appearance of acne scars. Clear and Brilliant, Fraxel Restore and dermabrasion treatments may be used to help improve the texture and color of the skin overall, while reducing possible acne breakouts when used in conjunction with an effective skin care regimen. Punch grafts are often done first to remove ice-pick scars as they don’t improve enough with resurfacing.

Another method is plasma resurfacing. Plasma can assist in stimulating the body’s regeneration of healthy skin cells to reduce the depth and appearance of acne scars. This exciting technology is cleared by the FDA for several purposes and it involves a varied down time from a few days to more than a week.

If you live in the New York area and you have considered methods of reducing acne scars, our team is here to help. Call to schedule an appointment with Dr. Shelton and find out which solution will work best to reduce the appearance of acne scars.

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