Acne scars form when too much or too little collagen is produced to repair skin tissue damage caused by acne inflammation. Atrophic scars are the most common type of acne scar and are characterized by depressions in the skin’s surface that develop when too little collagen is produced. A hypertrophic scar is a raised scar that forms when too much collagen is produced, resulting in a thick, growth-like lesion. Acne scars can often be even more challenging to treat than the initial breakouts and, for many, may cause feelings of self-consciousness or low self-esteem. Consulting with an expert, board-certified dermatologist like Dr. Michele Green in NYC is the best way to treat acne scars safely and effectively.
The best acne scar treatment for reducing the appearance of acne scars is typically a unique combination approach, incorporating carefully selected in-office treatment options with specially-formulated skincare products. Popular non-invasive acne scar treatment options include Microneedling, subcision with dermal fillers, laser resurfacing, punch excision, steroid injections, and chemical peels. Since no two individuals will develop acne scars identically, the best way to determine which treatment options would benefit your particular acne scars most is by consulting with an expert, such as Dr. Green in New York City.
Dr. Michele Green is an internationally renowned board-certified dermatologist with over two and a half decades of experience providing some of the world’s most discerning individuals with the best non-invasive treatment options, including for acne and acne scars. She is consistently identified as one of NYC’s best dermatologists by Castle Connolly, New York Magazine, and Super Doctors for her dedication to her patients and expertise. When you consult Dr. Green at her private dermatology office in Manhattan’s Upper East Side neighborhood, she will work with you to create a customized acne scar treatment plan that best suits the types of acne scars present, your skin tone, skin type, and personal aesthetic goals.
Acne scar treatment, VBeam and eMatrix
What is an acne scar?
An acne scar is evidence of permanent damage to the skin tissue caused by inflammation associated with acne blemishes. An acne scar occurs when an inflamed acne lesion becomes engorged with excess oil, sebum, dead skin cells, and bacteria. As the lesion swells, the inflammation causes trauma to the underlying skin tissue. This triggers the skin’s natural wound-healing response, which stimulates collagen production. Collagen is the most abundant skin protein and contributes to a firm, smooth skin texture. When too little collagen is produced, a depressed scar develops. When excess collagen is made, a raised scar forms. The most common type of acne scar is a depressed scar, also known as an atrophic scar. While acne scars are permanent, their appearance can be significantly improved through various non-invasive treatments at Dr. Green’s private dermatology office in NYC.
Why does acne scar?
Acne is the most common skin condition in the U.S., with up to 50 million Americans experiencing some acne annually. It is estimated that one out of every five patients with acne will develop acne scarring. Although there are some risk factors for acne scarring, who will develop acne scars cannot be predicted. There may be a genetic predisposition, such as a family history of cystic acne and acne scars. If inflammatory acne is not promptly treated, there is a greater chance that the acne lesions will form a spot. Picking, squeezing, or popping acne lesions and cysts causes more trauma to the skin and increases inflammation, increasing the likelihood of acne scar formation. If you are suffering from acne breakouts, it is best to consult an acne expert, such as Dr. Michele Green in NYC. Dr. Green is a world-renowned expert in cosmetic dermatology and will help you manage your acne breakouts to prevent acne scars best, as well as recommend the acne scar treatment options that will provide you with smooth, clear, healthy skin that lasts.
What are the different types of acne scars?
There are two main types of acne scars: hypertrophic and atrophic scars. Based on these two main types of acne scars, they can further be divided into four subcategories. These subgroups include ice pick, boxcar, rolling, and raised spots. Acne scars can also vary in severity, ranging from macular, mild, and moderate to severe.
Atrophic acne scars are the most common type of acne scar. Atrophic acne scars develop when the skin’s natural wound-healing response produces insufficient new collagen. Depressions in the skin’s surface characterize these types of acne scars. Inflammatory acne lesions, such as nodules and cysts, are the most likely to cause atrophic acne scars. Icepick, boxcar, and rolling scars are the three types of atrophic acne scars. Ice pick scars have a deep, narrow, v-shaped indentation. These acne scars are the most difficult to treat due to their depth and shape. Rolling scars are shallow, uneven, and wave-like in appearance, seemingly “rolling” across the skin’s surface. Boxcar scars have a round or oval-shaped appearance, well-defined edges, and deep vertical sides.
Hypertrophic scars are thick, firm, raised scars that occur when the skin’s natural wound-healing response produces too much new collagen. Hypertrophic scars commonly develop as a healing response to a deeper wound. Hypertrophic scars typically affect areas of the body such as the chest, back, shoulders, and jawline. Raised, growth-like lumps of scar tissue the same size as the initial wound are called hypertrophic scars. Raised scars larger than the initial wound and may continue to grow after healing are called keloid scars. Hypertrophic scars may eventually regress, whereas keloid scars do not.
What is post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation?
Post-Inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH) refers to the dark spots that may be left behind after an acne lesion, breakout, or other inflammatory skin condition such as eczema or psoriasis. Wounds from abrasions or scars from an injury can also heal with this type of discoloration. Depending on skin tone, the color of the dark spots associated with post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation may be brown, black, red, pink, or purple. During the natural healing process of the skin, there is potential that skin cells involved with healing the area are also contributing to the overproduction of melanin, leading to the development of the hyperpigmented regions of skin. Although this hyperpigmentation may fade over time, it’s more effective and efficient to have treatment with a board-certified dermatologist like Dr. Green in New York.
How do dermatologists treat acne scars?
An experienced and knowledgeable healthcare professional, such as board-certified dermatologist Dr. Green in NYC, selects the best treatments for each individual based on their skin type, skin tone, and the severity and different types of acne scars present. Typically, a combination approach is the most effective acne scar treatment plan. This is because no two patients develop faults in the same fashion. By utilizing different acne scar treatment options, acne scars can be significantly improved.
Subcision with dermal fillers
Subcision with dermal fillers effectively treats depressed scars such as rolling and shallow boxcar scars. Subcision is not typically recommended for icepick scars or profound boxcar scars. During a subcision procedure, a needle or cannula punctures the skin surface. The sharp edge of the hand is then used to break up the fibrotic strands of scar tissue that are tethering the top layers of skin to the underlying tissue. Once the rope is broken and the fibrotic bands of scar tissue are released, the skin is encouraged to produce new collagen in the treated area and heal with a smoother, more even skin texture. When subcision is performed with dermal fillers, the filler is then injected directly into the acne scar to replace lost volume and provide an even smoother skin surface. Dr. Green often performs subcision with Sculptra or hyaluronic acid dermal fillers to provide optimal cosmetic results with zero downtime.
Sculptra is a unique dermal filler in that it is composed of a substance called poly-L-lactic acid, which stimulates new collagen production in the treatment area once injected. Over time, as collagen is produced, the skin texture becomes smoother, reducing the appearance of depressed acne scars. Most patients require a short series of three Sculptra treatment sessions to achieve optimal results. It takes 4 to 6 weeks to see the effect of each Sculptra treatment, and results last up to two years. Most patients engage in regular follow-up treatment sessions to maintain ideal results.
Dermal fillers such as Juvederm and Restylane are composed of hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance in the skin that contributes to hydration and a youthful appearance. They are commonly used to fill in facial wrinkles, restore lost volume, enhance facial features like the lips, fill in acne scars, and provide contouring and definition to the jawline. Following the treatment, Dr. Green recommends icing the treatment area, staying hydrated, and refraining from consuming alcohol and blood thinners for several days. Any mild side effects, including bruising and swelling, should diminish within 3-5 days following the procedure. Depending on the type of HA filler used and the patient’s metabolism, the results last 6-18 months. This subcision technique is highly effective since you have the immediate benefit of restoring volume to these scars via the injectable filler and the long-term effect of producing new collagen and elastin and rejuvenating your skin. Dr. Green’s unique technique of subcison and injection will improve the appearance of scars even after one only treatment.
Bellafill was FDA approved in 2015 as an alternative to treat moderate to deep acne scars and nasolabial folds. Bellafill injections can last up to five years in duration, and for this reason, it is a popular alternative for certain patients with acne scars. Bellafill injectable fillers comprise a collagen base and polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) microspheres. Since Bellafill has a bovine collagen base, it is essential to skin test all patients for Bellafill before the cosmetic injection; a subset of patients will be allergic to Bellafill. When Bellafill is injected into your acne scars, the body absorbs the collagen, and the PMMA microspheres stay in the skin. The PMMA maintains long-lasting support for up to five years after drinking the collagen. This long-term treatment for acne scars is why Bellafill appeals to a subset of patients with deep scars.
A chemical peel is a resurfacing treatment that uses chemo exfoliation to accelerate skin cell turnover and trigger new collagen production, improving overall skin tone and texture. Many different kinds of chemical peels can serve as acne scar treatments, and each type uses an additional acid-based ingredient for exfoliating the skin’s surface. Chemical peels range from superficial (or light), medium depth, and deep chemical peels. To treat acne scars, Dr. Green will often opt for a superficial peel or a medium-depth peel, depending on the severity of the acne scarring. Generally, the best superficial chemical peels for acne consist of glycolic acid or light trichloroacetic acid (TCA). Medium-depth peels usually come with an acid solution containing a 20% trichloroacetic acid (TCA) or higher. To treat acne scars, a series of 3 to 6 chemical peels is typically recommended, depending on the severity of the acne scars and hyperpigmentation.
TCA Cross is a chemical acne scar treatment for icepick scars and works by stimulating the production of new collagen and elastin. The TCA Cross entails depositing a small amount of concentrated TCA directly into the acne scar indentations. The treatment is unsuitable for patients with darker skin tones, as there is a risk of hyperpigmentation as a side effect. Dr. Green typically recommends between 3 and 5 treatments for optimal results, each spaced 6-8 weeks apart. The production of new collagen can begin as little as four weeks following the treatment, with ongoing improvements to the skin’s surface observed up to 4 months afterward.
eMatrix 5 months 4 sessions
Microneedling, a popular cosmetic procedure also known as collagen induction therapy, is a popular facial treatment for skin rejuvenation that entails using a handheld device containing tiny needles to create controlled micro-injuries in the skin. This acne scar treatment stimulates the natural wound-healing process of the skin, which boosts the production of new collagen and elastin, improving the appearance of acne scars. Performing microneedling with platelet-rich plasma (PRP) enhances the rejuvenation results. PRP is a topical serum applied to the top layer of skin after the provider performing the treatment has created micro-channels in the skin with the microneedling device. PRP is collected by taking a sample of the patient’s blood, spinning it in the centrifuge to separate the plasma from the red blood, and drawing it into sterile syringes for application. The abundant epidermal growth factors in the plasma contribute to improving the results observed from a microneedling treatment.
Radiofrequency microneedling is another innovative treatment option for acne scarring. The microneedling process involves creating micro-injuries in the epidermis with tiny needles, while radiofrequency energy is used to heat the dermis, maximizing the stimulation of new collagen production. Dr. Green offers the Vivace RF microneedling treatment in her boutique dermatology office in Manhattan’s Upper East Side neighborhood. Vivace RF Microneedling is the newest generation of FDA-approved radiofrequency microneedling devices by Aesthetics Biomedical. Vivace utilizes the most advanced technology to deliver optimal results and a comfortable experience for the patient. Vivace has adjustable needles that can be changed in increments of 0.1 millimeters, allowing Dr. Green to produce exact, controlled treatment. Radiofrequency microneedling is a non-invasive treatment option that results in smoother, firmer, healthier skin and a more radiant, youthful complexion with no downtime.
eMatrix is a laser resurfacing treatment that relies on radiofrequency energy to stimulate new collagen production. The eMatrix laser is a viral acne scar treatment, as it is safe and effective for all skin tones. Over time, as new collagen is formed, the laser treatment will produce long-lasting rejuvenation results, including a smoother skin texture and a more even skin tone. For the best cosmetic results, Dr. Green recommends approximately five eMatrix laser treatments for atrophic scars, each spaced 4 to 6 weeks apart. There is minimal downtime associated with this non-ablative laser treatment. The healing process generally takes 48 hours, and the main side effect of treatment is a mild amount of facial redness, swelling, and peeling.
Fraxel is a laser resurfacing procedure that utilizes fractional energy to stimulate new collagen production in the dermal layers of the skin. As a non-ablative laser treatment, the top layer of skin is left intact, minimizing the downtime required. The Fraxel Dual laser offered at Dr. Green’s boutique dermatology office uses two different wavelengths, 1550 and 1927, that can remove or reduce hyperpigmentation, age spots, sun damage, and other skin discoloration, as well as improve skin texture and the appearance of fine lines and acne scars. Three to five Fraxel laser treatments are required to treat acne scars; each spaced approximately one month apart.
Clear + Brilliant is a laser treatment option that can improve skin texture and tone. Clear + Brilliant utilizes fractional laser energy to create thousands of microscopic injuries in the middle layers of the skin. This triggers the skin’s natural healing processes, producing more significant skin cell turnover and new collagen. Collagen is the most abundant protein in the skin and provides structure, firmness, and youthfulness. Clear + Brilliant laser treatment is recommended every 3 to 4 weeks, with an average of 5 treatments for acne scarring. Each treatment takes approximately 15 minutes, and there is no recovery time. After your laser treatment, the skin texture in the treated areas may feel like fine sandpaper, which is not noticeable to others.
V-Beam is the gold standard treatment for red pigmentation, including that which is associated with active acne lesions and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. This laser treatment utilizes pulsed dye technology to deliver a specific wavelength of light energy that targets exclusively red pigment, leaving surrounding skin cells untouched. The V-Beam laser has the added benefit of heating the deeper layers of the skin to stimulate new collagen production, creating a smoother skin texture while enhancing clarity. Most patients require 5 to 6 treatment sessions to achieve optimal rejuvenation results and diminish post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.
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Other acne scar treatment options
Dermabrasion is a skin resurfacing cosmetic procedure that removes the entire top layer of skin with a specialized, abrasive tool. Several dermal layers of skin are also treated to stimulate new collagen production. The treatment area is numbed for the procedure, and there may be the option to be under general anesthesia, depending on the scope of treatment. Several weeks of downtime are associated with this treatment option, during which the treatment area may be red, blotchy, or swollen. Dermabrasion is not recommended for individuals with a history of keloid scarring or darker skin, as it may cause unwanted side effects, including hyperpigmentation and scarring.
Microdermabrasion stimulates new collagen production by exfoliating away the top layer of skin, smoothing out the skin texture. Traditional microdermabrasion is called crystal microdermabrasion. During a crystal microdermabrasion skin treatment, a specialized handpiece is used to gently spray tiny crystals (usually aluminum oxide or sodium bicarbonate) to sand away the outer layer of the skin. Diamond microdermabrasion entails directly applying a diamond-tipped handpiece to the skin’s surface to exfoliate the outer layer of the skin gently. This treatment option is painless, non-invasive, and does not involve downtime.
Kenalog injections are used to flatten raised scars like keloids and hypertrophic scars. These steroid injections are highly effective for shrinking active acne lesions and raised spots. Generally, intralesional kenalog injections are needed to flatten hypertrophic scars successfully.
Punch excision is a method for treating acne scarring in which a punch tool (regularly used for skin cancer biopsy) removes scar tissue. This scar revision treatment is a minimally invasive surgical procedure, ideal for deep ice-pick scars. During the process, the punch tool removes the acne scar. After removing the spot, the wound left behind is closed with fine sutures. A flatter, less-noticeable fault replaces the acne scar when the skin heals.
What is the best acne scar treatment?
The best treatment for reducing acne scars is customized for you by an expert, such as internationally renowned board-certified dermatologist Dr. Michele Green in NYC. This is because the best method of removing acne scars is often a combination of different treatment options. The first determination necessary to remove acne scars is to identify the type of acne scars present. An experienced board-certified dermatologist like Dr. Michele Green will also consider the patient’s skin tone, skin type, and skin condition to customize an ideal acne scar treatment plan. Consult an expert healthcare professional like Dr. Green is essential for the best cosmetic results. When you consult Dr. Green at her private, boutique dermatology office in Manhattan’s Upper East Side neighborhood, you can identify your particular skin concerns and overall aesthetic goals. Dr. Green will then work with you to create your acne scar treatment plan and a timeline that best suits your needs.
Is acne laser treatment safe?
Yes! The laser treatments offered at Dr. Green’s boutique dermatology office in NYC have been FDA-approved as safe and effective acne scar treatments. Laser resurfacing is considered one of the most effective acne scar treatments. It is essential, however, to consult and have laser treatment with an experienced board-certified dermatologist, such as Dr. Michele Green. Some laser treatments are unsafe for patients with darker skin, and unwanted side effects can include hyperpigmentation, hypopigmentation, and scarring. Unfortunately, this can occur when laser treatments are performed by inexperienced or unqualified technicians, such as in a med spa setting. Dr. Green is an internationally renowned board-certified cosmetic dermatologist with over two and a half decades of experience treating acne scars in some of the world’s most discerning individuals. Dr. Green creates a safe and effective acne scar treatment plan for patients of every skin tone and skin type that provides optimal results.
Does insurance cover acne scar treatment?
While insurance often covers treatment for acne breakouts or acne treatments, acne scar treatment is considered cosmetic rather than medically necessary and is not covered by most insurance. It is best to contact your insurance provider to determine which treatments may be substituted.
Is acne scar treatment permanent?
It is possible to reduce the appearance of acne scars permanently. It is not possible, however, to prevent the process of aging. Depressed scars form when insufficient collagen is formed during the wound-healing process. Many acne scar treatments work by replenishing lost collagen, but as we age, we continue to lose collagen. Collagen is the most abundant skin protein, contributing to a firm, youthful appearance, and smooth skin texture. As collagen is continually broken down, it is possible that acne scars can become more apparent, even after having acne scar treatment. For this reason, most patients engage in maintenance treatment sessions as needed. When you consult board-certified dermatologist Dr. Michele Green in NYC, she will work with you to establish a customized acne scar treatment plan and timeline that caters to your particular needs and aesthetic goals.
Do acne scars stay forever? Can acne scars be removed?
Unfortunately, many types of acne scars are permanent. Permanent acne scars are atrophic or hypertrophic, appearing either as depressions or thick, raised, growth-like lesions on the skin’s surface. Many acne scar treatments can significantly improve their appearance, but removing acne scars is impossible. Reducing the appearance of atrophic and hypertrophic acne scars requires professional treatment, such as from board-certified dermatologist Dr. Michele Green in NYC. The cutting-edge non-invasive acne scar treatment options at Dr. Green’s private dermatology office in New York City’s Upper East Side neighborhood provide consistently stunning cosmetic results without discomfort or downtime.
Are acne scars treatable?
Yes! Acne scars, including atrophic and hypertrophic scars, can be reduced with a variety of non-invasive treatment options available at Dr. Michele Green’s private dermatology office in Manhattan’s Upper East Side neighborhood. Acne scars can be a challenging skin condition to treat, and it is essential to consult an expert to guarantee optimal results and avoid unwanted potential side effects. It is essential that the acne scar treatments and skin care products that are incorporated into your treatment plan are suitable for your skin tone, skin type, and the types of acne scars present. Dr. Green has over two and a half decades of experience expertly treating acne scars in patients of every skin type and tone, and she will work with you to create a completely personalized plan to help you achieve long-lasting, healthy, smooth, clear, and radiant skin.
Are acne scars noticeable?
Acne scars are most noticeable to those who are affected by them. For many, acne scars induce feelings of self-consciousness and low self-esteem. Various non-invasive acne scar treatments available at Dr. Green’s private dermatology office can significantly reduce the appearance of acne scars, making them much less noticeable.
Why do acne scars form?
Acne scars form when inflammation associated with an acne lesion causes irreparable damage to the underlying skin tissue. During the natural wound-healing process, collagen production occurs. When insufficient collagen is produced, depressed acne scars form. When excess collagen is produced, raised scars form. Dark spots that are left behind on the skin following a breakout are referred to as post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. These pigmented lesions are not acne scars and may resolve independently over time. However, they can be lightened more quickly with the right combination of in-office treatment options and specially formulated skin care products, recommended by Dr. Green, depending on your skin tone and skin type. Some individuals are more prone to acne scarring than others. There is thought to be a genetic component to acne scarring, as those with a family history of acne scars are more likely to develop them than those without. While there are some risk factors for acne scarring, it can not be predicted who will grow acne scars. This is why treating acne breakouts, especially cystic acne, is critical as soon as possible.
Which acne scars are easy to treat?
The most accessible type of acne scars to treat are rolling scars. Rolling scars are relatively shallow and soft, typically responding well to many different acne scar treatment options. Ice pick scars are the most challenging type of acne scar to treat due to their depth and narrow v-shape. Rolling scars often form due to long-term acne breakouts, whereas icepick scars are most likely to develop from deep, cystic acne lesions. The unique characteristics that define an icepick scar make them the most challenging type to treat. Many patients have some unique combination of different kinds of acne scars, and successfully reducing the appearance of acne scars typically requires a combination treatment approach and a series of sessions with an experienced, board-certified dermatologist, such as Dr. Michele Green in NYC. Some popular icepick acne scar treatment options include punch excision, laser treatments, and chemical peels. Rolling scars are often treated with laser resurfacing, Microneedling, and subcision with dermal fillers.
Is acne scar treatment worth it?
For many, the appearance of acne scars can induce feelings of self-consciousness and low self-esteem. There are many types of acne scar treatment options, and Dr. Green customizes each patient’s plan to address their specific concerns best. When you consult with Dr. Green at her private dermatology office in Manhattan’s Upper East Side, she will work with you to determine which acne scar treatments are suited to your skin tone, skin type, and the types of acne scars present. Although it can be a process to treat acne scars, most patients agree that it is worth it to achieve a smoother, brighter, healthier-looking complexion that lasts.
Is acne scar laser treatment painful?
When you have laser treatments to improve the appearance of acne scars, Dr. Green prescribes a topical numbing cream that should be applied to the entire treatment area one hour before your appointment. Once you arrive at Dr. Green’s dermatology office in Manhattan’s Upper East Side neighborhood, the numbing cream will be removed and the skin sterilized to prepare for treatment. The topical numbing cream eliminates any potential discomfort associated with the laser treatment.
Can I treat acne scars at home with skincare?
Depressed or raised scars typically require in-office treatment options to diminish their appearance. That is, unless acne scars are treated, they are permanent. Treating acne breakouts immediately is essential to prevent permanent acne scars from forming. The most effective way to treat acne is to consult an experienced board-certified dermatologist, such as Dr. Green in NYC. Dr. Green will evaluate your skin condition and recommend a customized combination of the best topical skin care products, any necessary medications, and in-office treatment options to clear your acne and prevent acne scars.
Dark spots left behind from acne breakouts can often be lightened with skincare products at home. Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation is usually treated with skin care products containing active ingredients such as salicylic acid, glycolic acid, lactic acid, vitamin C, and azelaic acid. The active ingredients that are recommended will ultimately depend on your skin type. In addition to brightening components, moisturizing daily is essential because the skin heals faster when hydrated. Wearing sunscreen is another crucial step; it will help prevent the pigmentation from worsening. Dr. Green recommends layering a chemical and mineral sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30 for the best protection. Remember, sunscreen must be reapplied every ninety minutes.
Which serums are best for treating dark spots?
Dark spots and discoloration that may be left on the skin after an acne lesion or breakout has healed are known as post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH). Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation is not true acne scarring and typically resolves independently over time. However, it can take months or even years to diminish without intervention. Targeted over-the-counter skincare products, such as brightening serums, can help accelerate the process and create a more even skin tone. Serums containing active ingredients like azelaic acid or alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), such as glycolic acid and lactic acid, are great topical options for reducing post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. Alpha hydroxy acids exfoliate discolored skin cells to reveal healthy, even-toned skin cells. Azelaic acid inhibits the activity of enzymes involved with melanin production. When you consult with board-certified dermatologist Dr. Michele Green at her private dermatology office in NYC, she will work with you to develop a customized skincare routine that includes the products best suited to your particular needs and goals.
Will topical retinol/retinoid creams help treat acne scars?
Retinol and retinoids are derived from vitamin A. Retinoids are known to reduce active pimples and can be beneficial for treating mild acne scars. These topical skincare products increase the skin cell turnover rate, encouraging healthy, new skin cells to be revealed. Retinoids also stimulate new collagen production, improving skin texture and tone. Retinoids are available over the counter and in prescription strength formulas. Retinoids can increase the photosensitivity of the skin, and it is essential to wear sunscreen with a minimum of SPF 30 daily while using retinoid products. While retinoids can significantly improve the appearance of enlarged pores, mild acne scars, and fine lines, most patients with moderate to severe acne scars require in-office treatment options to achieve a smoother complexion and even skin texture.
Does acne scarring heal?
It is estimated that one in every five individuals that experience breakouts will develop acne scars. While dark spots associated with post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation will likely fade over time, atrophic and hypertrophic scars are usually permanent. It is possible, however, to reduce the appearance of acne scars with various cosmetic treatment options available at Dr. Michele Green’s private dermatology office in Manhattan’s Upper East Side neighborhood. Dr. Green is a board-certified dermatologist with over two and a half decades of experience providing some of the world’s most discerning individuals with the best personalized non-invasive acne scar treatment plans. Dr. Green will collect a thorough medical history, review any previous cosmetic treatments, and physically assess the treatment area to determine which combination of cosmetic procedures will provide you with long-lasting, smooth, clear, healthy-looking skin.
Do acne scars stay forever?
Acne scars form when inflammation associated with active lesions causes permanent damage to the underlying skin tissue. Unless acne scars are treated by an experienced board-certified dermatologist, such as Dr. Green in NYC, they are unlikely to resolve independently. Luckily, many non-invasive treatment options are available to improve acne scars’ appearance. At Dr. Green’s boutique dermatology office in NYC’s Upper East Side, she offers a wide range of acne scar treatments, including chemical peels, subcision with dermal fillers, laser resurfacing, and Microneedling. A dermatologist customizes the best types of acne scar treatments to suit your skin type, the types of acne scars present, your skin tone, and your overall aesthetic goals. With over 25 years of experience at the forefront of cosmetic dermatology, Dr. Green has the expertise to create a completely personalized treatment plan for safely and effectively reducing your acne scars to provide a healthy, clear complexion that lasts.
Are acne scars attractive?
Acne scars can be a devastating reminder of a painful breakout and, for many, induce feelings of self-consciousness or low self-esteem. The presence of acne and acne scars don’t necessarily define attractiveness, but individuals with acne scars are less likely to feel confident. Various acne scar treatment options, including Microneedling, chemical peels, laser resurfacing, and subcision with dermal fillers, can be performed to reduce the appearance of acne scars and restore self-confidence. Consulting with an acne scar expert, such as board-certified dermatologist Dr. Michele Green, is the best way to develop an acne scar treatment plan that will work best for your particular needs and overall aesthetic goals.
How to get started with acne scar treatment at Dr. Green’s NYC dermatology office
Acne scars can be challenging to treat and, for many, may induce feelings of self-consciousness or low self-esteem. Luckily, many non-invasive acne scar treatment options at Dr. Green’s private dermatology office can reduce the appearance of acne scars. Most patients with acne scars have several types of acne scars, requiring a unique combination treatment approach to reduce their appearance successfully. An expert in cosmetic dermatology, such as Dr. Green in NYC, can work with you to create a customized acne scar treatment plan to address the types of acne scars you have and provide a healthy, smooth, clear, beautiful complexion that lasts.
Dr. Michele Green is an internationally renowned board-certified dermatologist with over two and half decades of experience providing some of the world’s most discerning individuals with the best non-invasive treatment options. She is consistently identified as one of New York City’s best dermatologists by Castle Connolly, Super Doctors, and New York Magazine for her dedication to her patients and expertise. Dr. Green takes a holistic approach and embraces a less-is-more philosophy regarding rejuvenation, customizing each patient’s treatment plan to suit their specific concerns and personal aesthetic goals best. If you’re ready to get started with your personalized acne scar treatment, schedule a consultation with Dr. Green by contacting us online or calling the NYC office at 212-535-3088.
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