Very few people can make the claim that they emerged from adolescence without suffering the pain and embarrassment of acne. Often acne leaves unsightly scars that serve as a reminder of those years.
It is possible to remove acne scarring from the skin once and for all. Dermatologists have several methods for dealing with this problem. One such technique is referred to as Laser Resurfacing. A laser is used to eliminate the scarring completely by removing the top layers of the damaged skin. In a few weeks, the new clear skin will grow in place of the scarred skin. Often doctors recommend the application of an ointment during the recovery period.
A second method for the removal of acne scarring is called Dermabrasion. This technique removes a few layers of skin. It will be necessary to numb the skin first. The procedure that follows is referred to as sanding. As it turns out the term is quite indicative of the process. Recovery takes place over a period of a few weeks. The skin may form scabs during this time. Once the scabs fall off, new skin will grow giving the face a fresh new look.
This technique may not be right for everyone. In general, it is most effective on patients with very dark or light pigmentation.Patients with light scaring should consider a chemical peel. Acid is applied to the top layer of skin. The acid remains on the skin for about 15 minutes before it is removed. Expect the skin to be red and swollen. Recovery varies from patient to patient depending upon the amount of acid applied. After recovery, the skin will take on a fresh, healthy glow.
Dermatologists also offer a procedure called Augmentation. In most cases, collagen is injected under the skin. The collagen works to smooth out the acne scarred skin. Sometimes the doctor may choose to use fat from other places on the body rather than use collagen. In either case, recovery time is short. It is not unusual to return to a normal routine in a day or two. It is important to know that Augmentation is not permanent. In six months time, it may be necessary to repeat the procedure.
The last technique for dealing with acne scarring is called the Punch Technique. Often this procedure is used in combination with Dermabrasion or Laser Resurfacing. The piece of scarred skin is “punched” and removed. New skin taken from behind the ear is then placed where the damaged skin was removed. In some cases, it may not be necessary to replace the “punched” skin. Recovery may take a few weeks.
The good news is that there is help for people suffering from acne scarring. A visit with a dermatologist will determine the right treatment to restore the skin to a natural glow.