Acne Scar Treatment
There are many treatment options that can improve the appearance of acne scars. Dr. J. David Kriet and Dr. Clinton D. Humphrey frequently employ laser treatments, chemical peels, dermabrasion, and surgery to camouflage and improve acne scarring with significant results.
To schedule a consultation for acne scar treatment, contact our Kansas City and Johnson County, Kansas-area practice.
Acne Scar Treatment Options
Acne sometimes leaves enduring scars that form crater-like indentations in your skin. Low self-esteem is common among patients that suffer from acne scarring as they are forever self-conscious of their permanent skin imperfections. Fortunately, a variety of treatment options exist that can improve the appearance of your skin and diminish acne scars.
Fractionated and resurfacing laser treatments are state-of-the-art methods for improving acne scars. These laser treatments are office procedures that improve the surface and depth of the scars. The old surface layers of skin and scar tissue are ablated by the laser and replaced by a fresh layer of smoother, tighter skin. Lasers also penetrate below the skin surface, internally promoting new collagen formation that softens scarred areas and improves texture.
Chemical peels minimize the appearance of superficial acne scars and make way for a smooth new layer of skin. Peeling the outer skin layers removes damaged skin cells. Smoother new skin propagates from the healthier dermis.
Dermabrasion and Microdermabrasion
Traditional dermabrasion mechanically removes outer skin layers to smooth out scars and promote new collagen and skin formation. Dermabrasion is most effective for very deep or isolated acne scars and is typically performed under a light anesthetic. Microdermabrasion is an office procedure that improves smaller acne scars and indentations. Tiny crystals are projected onto the surface of the skin, exfoliating the outer damaged layers and allowing new production of collagen and skin cells. This provides the patient with a fresher appearing face-perfect before parties, events, and the holidays.
Most acne scars are best handled with minimally invasive skin resurfacing procedures. However, deep acne scars or pits occasionally require surgical excision to achieve the optimal cosmetic result. As surgeons, Dr. J. David Kriet and Dr. Clinton Humphrey can lend their expertise to scar removal when indicated.
Please contact our practice in Kansas City to schedule a consultation to discuss treatments for acne scars.