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Doctor insights on: How Long Should Facial Scarring After Acne Last

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Will I have permanent improvments on acne with a 3 months tactuo treatment? How long before it starts working?

Will I have permanent improvments on acne with a 3 months tactuo treatment? How long before it starts working?

Meds: Many patients do well with over the counter benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid preparations. Some patients require topical or oral antibiotics or retinoids as well. If the over the counter meds alone don't control your acne after a month of daily use, see a doctor for additional treatment options. It is important to be persistent, and some patients 'get worse before they get better'. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Press
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Scarring (Definition)

A scar is the result of the body healing. It is the end product of a long cascade of signals and cellular repair that takes approximately a year to complete, and a lifetime to maintain. It is a normal process that occurs whenever ...Read more


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How long after rhinoplasty can I start accutane?

How long after rhinoplasty can I start accutane?

Usually 4 weeks: I have recommended cessation for about 4 weeks but these limitations will vary by practitioner and I would discuss with your dermatologist and surgeon. ...Read more

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How long will your initial breakout with Accutane last?

How long will your initial breakout with Accutane last?

4-8 weeks: Most patients show improvement within 12 weeks on isotretinoin. There are always a few patients who require longer to show improvement. ...Read more

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How long does it take for acne red marks to fade after having a chemical peel?

How long does it take for acne red marks to fade after having a chemical peel?

Fade acne red marks: Acne red marks may take several weeks to fade. Follow your specialists post peel skin care plan and use a spf 30 sunscreen daily. Once you are healed from your peel, follow your recommended acne control regimen. Persistent redness may be improved with an ipl (intense pulsed light) treatment or more. ...Read more

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I finished accutane a while ago and I'm treating the remaining scars with microderms and peels. How long does it usually take to fix your face?

I finished accutane a while ago and I'm treating the remaining scars with microderms and peels. How long does it usually take to fix your face?

I'll bet you're fine: I'm sorry you weren't treated in time to avoid scarring. You'll never be scar-free. Jet Li and several other Hollywood guys kept some of their scars for the "tough guy" appeal. Chris Pine sports a beard to hide his; Brad Pitt's got moderately rough scarring and I haven't heard any complaints. For severe scars, there's injectable fillers. What guy really wants a "baby face"? It's your call. ...Read more

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How long should I wait to get a chemical peel or ipl after stopping accutane?

How long should I wait to get a chemical peel or ipl after stopping accutane?

IPL/ Peel p/Accutane: The recommendation is to wait 6 months after completion of accutane, prior to ip or chemical peel treatment. Confirm timing of elective cosmetic procedures with your prescribing physician. ...Read more

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How long does the swelling last after having a face lift?

How long does the swelling last after having a face lift?

Varies: Swelling varies from person to person. Some swell more than others. The surgical technique of the surgeon and the way he handles the tissues will make a difference. In my experience over 90% of my patient are back to work within 2 weeks. The swelling however will last 6-12 weeks on the average. ...Read more

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How long does your face stay reddish after microdermabrasion?

How long does your face stay reddish after microdermabrasion?

Depends...: ...On your skin type and sensitivity, and how vigorous the treatment was. Many of our patients stay red for only a few minutes. I've never seen redness last for more than an hour or two. ...Read more

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How long will the scar after waxing will last on my face? How should i get rid of it quickly?

How long will the scar after waxing will last on my face? How should i get rid of it quickly?

Depends: Waxing shouldn't cause scars, but you may have post inflammatory hyper pigmentation, which is usually a reddish or purple discoloration. This will generally fade with time, but bleaching creams like hydroquinone, retinoic acid creams and steroid creams can help it to resolve more quickly. You will want to use sunscreen, as sun exposure will make it worse. ...Read more

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How long will i be out after skin resurfacing?

How long will i be out after skin resurfacing?

Depends: If you are getting a deep treatment you may have a week of downtime and then be red or pink for the next couple of weeks. If you get a less deep treatment you may be down only one or two days. Discuss this in depth with your doctor and be prepared for the after care necessary to heal. ...Read more

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How long does uneven skin tone last after a laser pigmentation treatment?

How long does uneven skin tone last after a laser pigmentation treatment?

Uneven/tone/postlase: Best to see your treating doc or seek in person derma opinion. Might be permanent, sorry. ...Read more

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How long does it take for facial swelling to go down after a laser peel?

How long does it take for facial swelling to go down after a laser peel?

Depends...: ...On how aggressive the peel was, more than anything else. Superficial peels with erbium:yag lasers typically heal in a few days, while deeper peels with more powerful lasers may take a week or longer. Fractional laser treatments sometimes take even longer than that -- depending, once again, on how aggressive the procedure was. ...Read more

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How long after Accutane to get piercing?

1 year: Because Accutane can affect your ability to heal, it is usually recommended that you wait 1 year before having any procedure like laser or tattoo. While i don't know of an exact recommendation for piercing after accutane, the one year rule is a safe one to follow. ...Read more

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When can I seek treatment for residual scars from acne once I'm off acutane?

When can I seek treatment for residual scars from acne once I'm off acutane?

1 year: Although each surgeon/dermatologist that treats this may have different opinions, at least 6 months and for most of us, 1 year must have passed before any facial resurfacing for acne scars should be performed. Options include dermabrasion / laser resurfacing (most often CO2) and/or chemical peel. ...Read more

Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Acne (Definition)

A very common skin condition that starts as a blockage of the sebaceous glands followed by inflammation. It occurs in areas where there are lots of sebaceous glands, such as the ...Read more


Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
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Pimples (Definition)

A pimple is a small inflamed spot on the skin. Also known as zit, ...Read more