Acne Scar Treatment
You have options when it comes to treating acne scars. The treatments vary in intensity and invasiveness depending on the level of scarring. A good dermatologist in New York City can treat the scarring with chemical peels, filler injections, surgery, laser treatments and microneedling.
Each treatment has pros and cons and works well with specific cases. Despite the wide variety of treatment options, your New York dermatologist can help you determine the best treatments for your condition. It starts with an initial consultation. If you’re suffering from acne scars, don’t wait any longer.
All symptoms, potential procedural/surgical options should always be discussed with your physician after a thorough consultation and examination for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.
For this treatment, an acidic solution is applied to the affected area, which causes the skin to exfoliate and peel off. New, smoother skin regenerates in its place. Peels come in different strengths. Your midtown dermatologist chooses which, depending on your level of scarring. The procedure takes about 15–30 minutes. You may feel a little stinging or burning during the procedure but you should not feel any pain. Your face may feel sensitive afterward. Skin peeling is expected to last for a few days depending on the strength of the acid used. Aftercare includes staying out of the sun and applying prescribed moisturizers. Potential risks and side effects of chemical peels include scarring, a permanent change in skin color and a reactivation of cold sores.
Dermal Filler injections
Filler injections are an acne scar treatment that gives great immediate results. Your doctor can choose from among many different filler formulations. During the procedure, your NYC dermatologist numbs the area with a topical cream to reduce pain, but pain is minimal. Then your dermatologist fills your scars by injecting the fillers beneath your scar. This procedure takes anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour, depending on the severity of your scarring. You may experience slight bruising, redness or swelling on your face for the next few days. These are common but temporary side effects. Potential rare risks include vascular occlusion or infection.
Laser Resurfacing and Microneedling
Laser resurfacing and microneedling are frequently used in combination with other treatments. Scarred skin is traumatized in order to promote skin cell regeneration and collagen formation. Each treatment takes between 10 –30 minutes, depending on the surface area of the affected area. You’ll feel little to no pain with this procedure as numbing cream is applied prior to the procedure. After your procedure, your face may be pink and swollen for several hours to several days. You will not see results for weeks or even months after treatment. Risks from this treatment are minimal, but include pain, discoloration, swelling, scarring or infection.
A common procedure for raised scars, this treatment requires corticosteroids to be injected in your scar, which causes it to soften and flatten. The procedure isn’t painful and takes just a few minutes, depending on the size of the treated area. There are minimal side effects and risks associated with corticosteroid injections including skin thinning and hypopigmentation.
Your dermatologist in Manhattan uses an instrument to punch a hole in your scarred skin to remove the scar. A plug of new skin replaces the removed skin. The procedure itself causes minimal scarring, so it’s typically recommended only for very deep acne scars. Local anesthesia is often used. While healing generally takes a week or two, you can participate in daily activities the next day. The duration of this procedure depends on how many scars are being treated. The risks associated with punch grafts involve the anesthesia, infection, scarring and bleeding.
A subcutaneous incision, also known as subcision, is typically performed for deep rolling acne scars. Local anesthesia is applied to the area before the procedure, keeping your pain minimal. A thin needle is inserted under the scar to break up the fibrous bands that tether down the scar. The duration of this procedure differs depending on the treatment surface area. It takes weeks, sometimes even months to see the effects of this treatment. A few side effects and risks associated with this treatment include temporary bruising of your skin. It takes about a week to heal from this procedure.
Important Reminder: This information is only intended to provide guidance, not a definitive medical advice. Please consult dermatologist NYC about your specific condition. Only a trained, experienced board certified dermatology doctor or pediatric dermatologist can determine an accurate diagnosis and proper treatment.
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