Crushes and homework aren’t the only hallmarks of high school. Ongoing struggles with acne leave a mark well beyond the teen years. Acne scars can leave permanent skin indentations. Makeup doesn’t hide them and skin looks prematurely aged. Acne scar removal is possible with a variety of methods.
Dermal fillers are one example.
Injected directly, dermal fillers smooth the skin’s surface. Examples of dermal fillers include fat, bovine collagen, hyaluronic acid derivatives and polytheyl-methacrylate microspheres with collagen. These injections are a temporary fix and require repeat treatments.
Punch Excision is another example.
Resembling a cookie cutting tool, this is a surgical procedure. The size of the tool depends on the scar to be treated. Under local anesthesia, the tool extracts the scar and closes up the adjacent skin.
A third option is subcutaneous incision.
This method, also known as subcision breaks up the scar’s fibrous tissue. A slanted needle is injected, running alongside the skin’s surface. Some bruising may result, but it only lasts a few days. Some of the possible side effects are bleeding (controllable with proper anesthesia and bandages) and development of subcutaneous nodules.
Resurfacing with a laser.
Various skin conditions are treatable with laser resurfacing. Acne scarring is typically treated with carbon dioxide or erbius lasers. Lasers take off a certain amount of the top layers of skin. Newer skin then replaces it. Post-operative care is critical if the procedure is to be successful.