Acne affects millions of people each year, and it can lead to permanent acne scars that cause you to feel self-conscious. Many patients feel like they’re forced to live behind makeup or simply deal with their scars forever, but this isn’t the case.
Dr. Shaun Patel is dedicated to helping each and every one of his patients find the personalized skin care solutions they need to get rid of acne scars for good. In this post, we’ll discuss how acne scars form and what type of treatment options we can offer.
Why Acne Scars Form
Acne is an infection medically known as acne vulgaris. Scars are caused by repeated inflammation and damage to the surrounding skin tissue of a breakout, whether it is a whitehead or cyst.
There are three primary types of acne scars:
- Atrophic acne scars — These are sunken or flat scars are also known as ice pick, rolling, and boxcar scars; they are deep and narrow, often requiring medical treatment to resolve.
- Hypertrophic acne scars — Hypertrophic acne scars are raised lumps that appear rough. They are most common on the back and chest and form as excess collagen production during the healing process.
- Keloid acne scars — Keloid scars are thick scars made of raised tissue. There is no conclusive scientific cause for keloid scars, but it’s believed that they form from excess collagen produced during healing, like hypertrophic scars.
Acne scars are usually red or brown in appearance. This discoloration is known as post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH), and it can be difficult to reduce and cover effectively.
Do Acne Scars Fade Over Time?
Mild and moderate acne scars can fade over time, but even as discoloration resolves, most patients still have some noticeable scarring on their bodies. Generally, acne scars require professional treatment to resolve completely.
Treatment for Acne Scars at Miami Skin and Vein
Dr. Patel offers several highly effective acne scar treatments to his patients. The right treatment for you will depend on factors like your age, whether or not you currently have acne and the depth, severity, and location of your acne scars.
Options for removing acne scars include lasering, sublative rejuvenation, dermal fillers, and chemical peels. We will work with you to find the most personalized solution for your skin.