The majority of people develop acne in their life, leaving them with acne scars. Acne scars affect your appearance, emotions and cause you to lose your self-esteem. If you are struggling with acne scars in Fort Worth, Northstar Dermatology specialists can help.
Symptoms of acne
If you have acne, you will experience whiteheads, blackheads, cysts, pustules, and papules.
Causes of acne scars
When your scar tissue builds up, they cause raised lumps of tissues known as hypertrophic scars that are the same size as the acne blemish and keloid scars larger than the original acne.
Lack of collagen causes slightly flat indents on your skin due to a lack of adequate tissue production needed to cover the blemish area during your acne healing. As a result, it forms a scar known as an atrophic scar.
Another cause of acne scar is the concentration of pigmentation on the acne spot through the healing processes. These cause you to develop hyperpigmented faults.
Acne scars diagnoses
When you visit Northstar dermatology, your doctor will check your skin to determine how severe your acne scars are through visual examination. Your acne scars can be macular, mild, moderate, and severe.
Macular scars appear red and flat. Mild scars you can easily cover with makeup. Moderate scars you can recognize at a social distance and you cannot protect them with makeup. Severe scars you can quickly notice in a social space.
Acne scars treatment
Your doctor will recommend treatment depending on the type of acne scar you are experiencing and its condition.
Your doctor will use tiny needles to stimulate collagen production by injuring your skin just enough to trigger your body’s healing process and to help smooth your scars. To prevent further development of acne, your doctor can recommend micro-needling radiofrequency. The treatment can also help improve the texture of your skin.
Your dermatologist will recommend laser resurfacing to help your new skin grow and replace the scarred skin. Your doctor will use a laser to deliver heat to your scarred collagen under your skin depending on your body’s ability to heal the wound and develop new healthy collagen.
There are two types of laser resurfacing treatments; ablative and non-ablative laser. Your doctor will resurface your skin through an ablative laser by removing your scarred skin’s top layer and allowing the skin to heal naturally.
Your doctor will recommend non-ablative lasers for mild acne scarring. It helps stimulate collagen production to remove scars without removing the skin.
Acne scars surgery
To improve your skin appearance, your dermatologist may recommend you undergo minor surgery. Your doctor will perform the surgery in the office and will numb the treatment area.
Your doctor will lift your scar tissue closer to your skin’s surface during the surgery to ensure indentations are less noticeable. The scar can be obliterated or break up your scar tissue to allow new collagen formation, which smoothens the area.
You do not have to continue struggling with acne scars that remind you of your past emotional experience. Call or book an appointment online with Northstar Dermatology to start your treatment.