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How Can I Get Rid Of Acne Scars Without Dermabrasion
Difficult: Depends on the nature and depth of the scarring. If minor, then use of resurfacing lasers and medium to deep chemical peels will help. If scars are "ice-pick" in nature, even deep mechanical dermabrasion is not totally effective. Most treat with deeper mechanical abrasion to provide a "planing" effect versus the surface change of microdermabrasion. See medical care. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Dermabrasion is a surgical procedure designed to gently remove the outer layers of skin. It is commonly performed to improve the appearance of the skin, camouflage scars, and remove irregularities of the skin. A brush or diamond fraise is commonly used for this procedure ...Read more
Subspecialist help: Nobody can make the scars go away, but a dermatologist or plastic surgeon can use a 21st-century laser, a filler, or microsurgery to make them less visible. I'm sorry you ended up with scarring instead of having your acne traeted effectively in the first place. Keep in mind that several hollywood leading men have kept their scars for the "tough guy" look. It's your choice. ...Read more
Rx: I start with topical clindamycin, with a retinoic acid derivative if there are many blackheads and benzoyl peroxide if not and the person can stand it. I add a systemic antibiotic if needed; dermatologists have bigger guns that are a bit dangerous but worth it. Nothing will remove scars, but dermatologists have lasers and surgery to make them fade if that is what you wish; some actors like theirs. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Improve not remove: Manynoptions exist for cosmetic improvement and include anti-inflammatories, peels, exfoliation, lasers, resurfacing, bleaching, excision, grafting, fillers, and much more, scars vary in their severity and so dote treatments. See a plastic surgeon, dermatologist or ENT for options. ...Read more
See a medspa doctor: A medspa doctor will show you many lasers that can help you with this. Co2 fractionated lasers or erbium lasers can help resurface the skin and rid you of scars. There is downtime involved. Otherwise nonablative lasers can help over a longer period of time. Your medspa doctor will also get you started on products to use between laser treatments, . ...Read more
Scar improvement...: Is possible, but once a scar is present, it can never be totally removed. Options for treatment depend on the age of the scars, presence of active acne, depth of scars, other skin conditions which may be present, etc. Treatments can include lasers, peels, scar revision, dermabrasion, topical treatments, etc. Seek a facial plastic surgeon or dermatologist with experience in that area. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Acne: It is important to treat your acne so that you don't get permanent scarring. Some patients wait too long before seeing their dermatologist to have their acne treated. Normally topical medicines and internal antibiotics are used to keep acne under control. You can start with an over the counter benzoyl peroxide wash while you are waiting for your appointment with your dermatologist. ...Read more
Prevention is best: Preventing acne breakouts is the best form of treatment. Once formed, scars are amenable to variety of techniques depending upon whether they are depressed, pitted, boxlike or elevated.. These include fillers and subcision to free up and elevate depressions and boxes; punch-excision or pinpoint chemical peels to remove pits; and intralesional injections and scalpel removal for elevations. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Specialist Rx: I'm sorry your acne was neglected and you ended up with scars. The red and/or brown post-acne lesions need to be allowed to fade on their own. A dermatologist or plastic surgeon can treat scars with fillers, microsurgery or a laser. Several hollywood leads have kept their for the "tough guy" look. It's your choice. ...Read more
Manage the acne: All acne can be managed today; if 5% topical benzoyl peroxide 2x/day has not cleared you in two weeks, get with your personal physician. Individual acne pigmentation lesions may take up to a few months to fade; if you use a hydroquinone bleach, do it sparingly. The vast majority of folks do not care whether you have some acne pigmentation; make sure this is what you really want to do. Best wishes. ...Read more
Scars or Stains: All too often, patients refer to staining, or discoloration of the skin as scars. They are not. A scar is a dermal process (deeper in the skin) that resulting in depressions (depressed or boxcar scars) or deeper pits (pitted scars). Scars are not helped much, if at all, by any topical remedy. Stains, on the other hand, are. ...Read more
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