Acne Scar Treatment and Reduction
Acne affects up to 80% of people in their lifetime and while many people may recover without any permanent damage, acne scars may be left behind and these can even be disfiguring.
Scarring occurs after acne has healed, leaving the remnants of tissue damage and the skin’s attempts to repair the damage from prior inflammation. This inflammation is often greater with skin “popping” or picking at the skin, which can create additional injury and damage. The body’s immune system destroys the offending bacteria but often leaves behind areas of incomplete remodeling, which show as areas of ‘ice-pick’ scarring or cratering. The appearance of acne scars depends on the degree and duration of acne inflammation, family history, use of certain medications and many other factors.
Many treatments have been tried to correct acne scars, including topical skin creams, medications, surgical procedures and skin resurfacing. However, topical creams often cannot reach the deeper skin areas where scarring has occurred and usually only have limited benefit. Some studies even suggest that certain topical creams can make the scarring worse. Surgical procedures are also usually reserved for the most severe cases, and can be very expensive.
However, more advanced methods such as laser acne scar treatment can be an effective and safe way to treat acne scars as well as active acne. By using combined radio-frequency (RF) energy and pulsed laser light, deeper layers of the skin can be targeted to produce collagen and ‘fill in’ the areas of scarring and reduce skin irregularities. The laser can also target the Propionibacterium acnes species of bacteria and reduce the risk of future acne breakouts as well as reduce uneven pigmentation in the skin. Avalon Laser uses an advanced, patented technology that is proven to reduce the appearance of acne scars.
Many people see improvement even after one acne scar treatment. However, for optimum results, significant improvement can be seen after three to five sessions. Avalon Laser offers laser acne scar treatment in San Diego, Carlsbad, and Mission Valley. Avalon Laser can consult with you and recommend a strategy to help you achieve smoother, beautiful skin.