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Acne Scars

Acne is a common skin disorder causing embarrassment in both teenagers and adults. In many instances, acne can be controlled with a regular skincare regime. However, the deeper lesions associated with severe acne can leave behind acne scars. There are different types of acne scars, which vary in appearance. The type of scar that forms is related to amount of collagen the body manufactures during the healing process.

  • Pitted scars are identified by a pattern of depressions in the skin.
  • Box car scars have sharp defined edges, similar to a chicken pox scar.
  • Rolling scars are continuous depressions with smoother edges.
  • Ice pick scars are characterized by deep, narrow punctures in the skin.

Common Treatments for Acne Scars

Acne scars can be psychologically devastating and have a lasting impact on an individual’s self-esteem. As the skin ages and collagen reserves are depleted, acne scars can become more pronounced. Fortunately, today’s advanced aesthetic treatments can vastly improve acne scars.

  • Dermabrasion and micro-abrasion are surgical planing treatments that use a wire brush or diamond wheel to remove the upper layer of the skin. Dermabrasion can be an appropriate and effective option for fair-skinned individuals. However, it is generally not recommended for those with darker skin due to the potential risk of discoloration.
  • Microdermabrasion is a non-surgical skin resurfacing treatment that exfoliates the skin for reducing the appearance of acne scars.
  • Dermal fillers, such as the hyaluronic-based jUVEDERM, can be used to fill in acne scars and smooth out depressions in the skin. Most fillers are temporary and touch up treatments are needed every 6-12 months to maintain results.
  • Laser treatments promote skin regeneration and can even out skin discoloration. A variety of laser devices can be used to minimize and erase acne scars, including ablative CO2 lasers and non-ablative fractional lasers.

Palomar Icon 1540 Laser Treatments for Acne Scars

Dr. Miguel Delgado is a California board-certified plastic surgeon and expert in acne scar treatment. For many of his patients, he recommends the Palomar Icon 1540 Fractional non-ablative Laser. The Palomar Icon System is a powerful state-of-the-art laser and light technology device that can deliver a range of resurfacing skin treatments. Specially designed to treat acne scars, surgical scars and stretch marks, the Palomar Icon 1540 delivers a fast and effective skin-healing solution.

The precisely calibrated Palomar 1540 Fractional Laser has several advantages, including:

  • Accuracy
  • Impressive, visible results with no downtime
  • Enduring improvement of skin texture

If you have acne scars and would like to feel more confident, contact Dr. Delgado’s Novato office for a consultation.

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