Many people suffer from acne, which can be caused by stress and lifestyle habits. Some forms of acne can lead to scarring which can be on the face, chest, and back. Acne scarring is a common issue for many people, with almost 10 million Americans having to deal with acne scars every year. Luckily, SCS Physicians offers a wide range of treatments for individuals that suffer from acne scars.
Types of Scars
When wanting to treat your acne scars, you first have to know the type of scars you are suffering from. There are two major types of scarring: atrophic and hypertrophic scars. Atrophic, or depressed scars, sit below the surrounding skin and form when there is not enough collagen made during the healing process. Depressed scars are most common on the face and can be categorized into three types: boxcar, ice pick, and rolling. Hypertrophic, or raised scars, stand above the surface of surrounding skin and form when there is excess collagen during the healing process. They are most common with chest and back acne.
One treatment that helps reduce the appearance of acne scars and can even assist in the prevention of future acne is microneedling. During the procedure, the dermatologist will use a device with tiny, shallow needles to poke holes in the skin’s surface. This jumpstarts the skin to repair itself through increased collagen and elastin production, resulting in smaller-looking pores, reduced scars, and smoother skin. The dermatologist may recommend having this procedure done monthly for up to six months initially and then twice a year after that for maintenance.
Another popular treatment among acne patients are fillers because they help plump up and smooth out depressed scars. Your dermatologist may use collagen, commercial filler, or even your own skin to smooth out your acne scars. Dermal fillers can provide instant results that last anywhere from six to eighteen months before you need to see your dermatologist again.
SCS CAN MEET ALL OF YOUR GENERAL AND COSMETIC DERMATOLOGY NEEDS
Skin Care Specialty Physicians has been serving the residents of the greater Baltimore area for over ten years. From skin cancer screenings to treatments for hair loss, eczema, acne, and more, we treat conditions affecting your skin, hair, and nails. We diagnose a wide range of skin conditions each day and work with you to select treatment options that best fit you and your skin. We also offer variety of cosmetic treatments and procedures, ranging from botox to microneedling, to fit you and your aesthetic goals. If you are interested in any of our services, contact us at 410.252.9090. You can also follow SCS Physicians on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Linkedin and Pinterest.