Discover smooth skin with acne scar treatment at the Center for Surgical Dermatology.
What are Acne Scars?
When you suffer from troublesome acne blemishes, the skin becomes inflamed due to the excess oil, dead skin cells and bacteria clogging your pores.
As a result, the pore swells and becomes enlarged, breaking the follicle wall. This can cause shallow scarring, which may heal quickly. In other cases, the contents of blemishes spill into the surrounding tissue and can cause deeper lesions and deeper facial scars.
In an attempt to repair the damage, the skin creates new collagen fibers, which can result in two types of acne scars: depressed and raised. If there is a loss of tissue and the body does not make enough collagen to optimally repair the area, an indented (or depressed) acne scar forms. If the body does its job too well and creates an abundance of new collage, a raised acne scar develops.
Acne scars can also form as a result of picking—or popping—blemishes, as this can damage the skin and increase inflammation. This is why we always recommend you do not pick at acne blemishes and seek out professional treatment for more severe acne breakouts.
Acne Scar FAQs
Do you want to learn more about acne scars and acne scar treatment in Westerville, Ohio? Explore our comprehensive FAQs section where our board-certified dermatologists explain the type of acne scars we treat, the treatment methods we use to deliver effective results, how acne scar treatment works, and more.
There are several types of acne scars, all of which fall into two categories: depressed or raised acne scars. If the body produces too little collagen to repair the area, a depressed acne scar forms. If the body produces too much collagen, a raised acne scar forms.
Within these two categories, you can find four types of acne scars:
When seeking out treatment, your dermatologist will first determine which type of acne scar you have and recommend a personalized acne scar treatment plan that best fits your unique skin and cosmetic concerns. For more information, give us a call at (614) 847-4100 or reach out online to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced providers.
Yes, with the right treatment you can improve the appearance of acne scars. With new, innovative dermatology treatments, you have many options when it comes to treating acne scars, such as chemical peels, dermal fillers, microneedling, and more.
Generally, acne scars do not go away entirely on their own. While they may slightly improve over time, there is often a little scarring that remains long-term. Furthermore, depressed acne scars often become more noticeable with age as skin loses collagen. This is why we recommend you seek acne scar treatment early on to achieve the best possible results. Additionally, wearing sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher every day helps protect your skin’s collagen from being broken down by UV light exposure.
Yes, many dermatologists specialize in treating both acne and acne scars. At the Center for Surgical Dermatology, we have been helping patients improve their acne scars for several years, using the latest and cutting-edge treatments that smooth and soften acne scars.
At the Center for Surgical Dermatology, our trained providers use a wide range of treatments to address acne scars, including:
Each of these treatments work differently to improve your acne scars. For more in-depth information or if you are ready to schedule an acne scars consultation, reach out to our Westerville practice.
This depends on the type of treatment you are having. For instance, chemical peels work by chemically exfoliating and removing the outer layer of skin to reveal the softer, smoother skin underneath, as well as increasing collagen and elastin production.
On the other hand, microneedling works to improve acne scars by creating micro injuries in the skin, triggering the body’s natural healing process and stimulating collagen production. When paired with PRP therapy, the results are amplified.
Dermal fillers are ideal for depressed acne scars, as they can actually “fill in” the area to create a smoother appearance.
In some cases, OTC topicals—such as OTC retinoids—can improve the appearance of acne scars, but the results will never be as significant as getting a dermatology treatment administered by a licensed professional.
This depends on your individual healthcare plan. In some cases, it may be covered depending on the type of treatment and if your care is considered medically necessary. Some acne scar treatment is considered cosmetic and elective, which means it is often not covered by health insurance.
Before scheduling your acne scar treatment in Westerville, we recommend you consult with your insurance provider for more information on what type of dermatology treatments are covered under your healthcare plan.
Acne Scar Photos
Acne scars can take on many different forms. Browse our acne scar photo gallery to better understand what type of acne scars we can treat and address at the Center for Surgical Dermatology.
If those pictured below look familiar, get in touch with our team and schedule a consultation today. We look forward to helping you attain smoother skin with the latest acne scar treatments in Westerville, Ohio.
Effective Acne Scar Treatment in Westerville, Ohio
Are you ready to feel more confident and self-assured with softer, smoother skin? At the Center for Surgical Dermatology, our team of board-certified providers have been helping patients achieve their aesthetic goals with cutting-edge acne scar treatments. After years of suffering from troublesome acne, you deserve to have beautifully clear and clean skin. Let’s work together to revitalize and restore your appearance.