Acne Scar Treatment And Removal

Acne Scar Treatment and Removal Cleveland

What Causes Acne Scars?  The Best Acne Scar Treatment….

Acne scarring is a result of cysts that have ruptured through the skin which end up destroying the surface of the skin.  Many times the removal of an Acne cyst actually destsroys the surface of the skin.  This results in scarring not only on the surface but in the deeper layers of the skin structure itself.

Remedies for Acne Scars

There really is no treatment for an act the scar other than modification of the surface of the skin.  Before modern lasers, this "planing" of the scars was done a wire wheel in a procedure called dermabrasion.  This was done under general anesthesia.  With the advent of lasers, the surface of the skin can be safely modified and in many cases smoothed and regenerated.

Laser Skin Resurfacing

Laser skin resurfacing and pro-fractional treatment are the most effective means for acne scar treatment.  Laser skin resurfacing involves the use of a laser which removes the upper layers of dead skin, the epidermis, and in many cases removes part of the dermis.

The removal of 100 ┬Ám of skin, which is the thickness of a Post-It Note, or more is necessary at times to treat certain acne scars.  This is the best acne scar treatment for light to medium scars.  Heavier scarring requires the use of a much deeper laser treatment called Pro-fractional.   Pro-fractional laser treatment creates a series of small holes in the skin.  The body heals these micro-lesions and brings in new collagen which improves the skin area treated.

Acne Treatment to Prevent Scarring

The Fountain™ Clinic has BBL ( Broad Based Light ) treatments designed to go deep into the skin and kill the bacteria that produce the acne lesions.  Proper treatment early on can significantly reduce scarring and the need for treatment later in life.

Acne Scars and Laser Treatment

Any acne treatment is not without downtime.  The fact that the surface of the skin has to be deeply modified requires some downtime.  Pro-fractional laser treatment will modify the structure of the skin on both the surface and deeper layers.  Acne prevention treatment has no downtime.

Cost of Acne Scar Treatment

Since every case is different we cannot give a general rule as to the cost of what an acne scar treatment will cost.  Only a  skin consultation with Dr. Birchall would give you an accurate estimate of what the final treatment would cost.  Many times, multiple treatments are necessary because of the depth of the acne scars.  This is not a fault of the laser or its operator, this is just the way skin heals and the amount of work needed to repair the skin.  Think of the skin as a road with potholes… multiple fillings and smoothing may be required to make the road smooth again.

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