Acne Scar Treatment in Santa Barbara, CA
Acne can certainly be upsetting, especially when it leaves behind scars. Deep, painful nodules and cystic acne are prone to scarring, so you must turn to a dermatologist if you are dealing with these more severe forms of acne; however, if you are now dealing with unsightly acne scars as a result of teen acne, our dermatologists can provide you with a variety of treatment options to reduce the appearance of scarring.
Dermal fillers often use hyaluronic acid to help plump up areas of the face, including superficial scarring caused by acne. We can easily fill these scars and depressed regions with these fillers. Results can last up to 18 months and can be readministered once a year or so to refresh your appearance and keep your results looking their best.
Laser therapy can be ideal for a variety of acne scars including raised scars. Through the use of a pulsed dye laser or intense pulsed light, we can reduce the scar’s color and appearance. Laser therapy can flatten raised scars and even reduce itching and pain associated with the scar. We offer both the ThreeforMe and 2940 Fractional Ablative Laser for the treatment of acne scars and other skin imperfections and damage.
In some instances, skin tightening treatments can treat various acne scars including icepick and boxcar scars. This cosmetic treatment uses radiofrequency to firm skin and help to minimize depressions caused by acne. Most patients will require multiple treatment sessions spaced out 4 weeks apart. It’s important that while you are undergoing a skin tightening treatment that you wear a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher every day.
Resurfacing treatment involves removing the outermost layers of the skin, which are also the most damaged. This also stimulates the production of collagen, to help tighten and firm skin. Types of skin resurfacing include dermabrasion, chemical peels, and laser resurfacing. Skin resurfacing is ideal for depressed acne scars that aren’t too deep. Most patients only require one skin resurfacing session to see results, but there is downtime involved after treatment.