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As we prepare to enter a new year, it’s the perfect time to take stock of our accomplishments, what we’re proud of, and what we want to achieve next. It can also be a good time to think about what’s holding us back. If acne scars are keeping you from feeling comfortable in your skin, it’s time to give yourself the confidence you deserve with a dermatologist-approved acne scar treatment.
Rough, pitted skin doesn’t have to follow you into yet another year of triumphs, challenges, and joys. If you’re ready to move on from acne scarring, the experts at Advanced Dermatology of North Central Ohio are here to help make it happen. We use leading-edge methods to break up old scar tissue, boost collagen production, and help you put your best face forward for whatever the new year brings your way.
Are Acne Scars Permanent?
Acne scars don’t have to be permanent—but the earlier we can intervene the better your chances of significantly improving their appearance! On their own, acne scars may slightly improve over time, but they tend to become more noticeable as we age and lose collagen (a vital component of our skin’s structure). With the right treatment, you can improve or remove them altogether.
The best approach will depend on what type of acne scar you have, how old you are, and other aspects of your skin’s unique condition. That’s why visiting a dermatologist is key. We’ll perform a thorough evaluation of your skin to determine the best course of action for you, boosting your odds of coming away with a clear, bright, and smooth complexion.
Chemical Peel for Acne Scars
Chemical peels can be a great option for acne scars because they’re gentle on the skin but invigorating enough to refresh and recharge your skin. Using an acid solution, chemical peels scour away the outer layer of dead skin cells, oils, and debris that builds up on our faces over time.
While words like “chemical” and “acid” may sound harsh, these formulas are specially designed to be safe and effective. The old, tough skin cells of acne scars register the peeling solution as damage, encouraging them to slough off and make room for fresher, more supple skin. The process also encourages the production of collagen and elastin, promoting a plump and glowing appearance.
In-office peels are much more effective than at-home varieties, and safer too. Your dermatologist can recommend a chemical peel that will be most beneficial for your skin, or a series of treatments for long-term, dramatic results.
Microneedling with PRP
Microneedling has been lauded as a wonder treatment for acne scars for several years now. This treatment works on the same principles as a chemical peel. But instead of acid, microneedling uses ultrafine needles to create that cellular microdamage and boost collagen and elastin production.
When we add Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), we can take the healing process to a whole new level. Think of PRP like a supercharging serum that’s uniquely suited to your skin—because it comes from you. The platelets in your blood are potent healing agents, and we can harness their power to encourage acne scars to heal anywhere on the body.
We start by drawing a small amount of blood, then refine it in a specialized machine that isolates the platelets within. We then apply them back to the target treatment area in the form of a serum. In combination with microneedling, which opens pathways for this incredible regenerative substance to do its best work, PRP is one of the most promising acne scar treatments available today.
BBL Laser for Acne & Acne Scars
We’ve talked before about the wealth of cosmetic treatments we can provide with BBL Laser technology. One of its major benefits is that it can treat not only acne scars but also redness, pigmentation, and acne itself.
BBL is a powerful form of light, targeted precisely at the areas of tough skin and built-up pigmentation that make up stubborn acne scars. The light converts to heat energy deep within the skin, breaking up the scars at a cellular level.
Over the next 7 to 14 days, your body will naturally process these old cells out, replacing them with fresh cells and proteins for a silky smooth complexion. This treatment can also help calm and control the overactive oil glands that lead to acne breakouts in the first place.
The number of BBL treatments you need will depend on the size of the target area and the nature of your acne scars. You may see dramatic results with just one treatment, or you may need to come back for a set of three to four treatments. We’ll always talk about your options and plan with you before we get started.
Put Your Best Face Forward in 2023
The best acne scar treatment is the one that is uniquely suited to you. If you’re tired of wasting your money on at-home rollers, peels, and creams with no results, make this the year of lasting, meaningful change. The expert team at Advanced Dermatology of North Central Ohio has years of experience treating acne and the damage it can leave behind on your skin. Let us put our leading-edge treatments to work for you!
Bringing the Latest Acne Scar Treatment Options to Mansfield, OH
At Advanced Dermatology of North Central Ohio, we continually investigate the latest medical advancements to make your aesthetic goals a reality. Whether you’re struggling with the aftermath of acne, signs of aging, hyperpigmentation, or even unwanted hair, we have a cosmetic dermatology solution for you. Give us a call at (419) 664-5138 or contact us online to get started today.