Surgical Dermatology Treatment for Acne Scars
by Jules Stark
Acne scars sometimes occur in people who have acne, a common skin disease that causes acne lesions or pimples. Many surgical treatments are available to reduce or remove acne scars.
Raised vs. Depressed Scars
Raised acne scars include keloids, which tend to grow beyond their borders, and hypertrophic scars, which are generally smaller and do not grow beyond a certain point. Depressed acne scars are soft pits in the skin that may give the skin a wavy appearance.
Acne Scar Surgery
According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), acne scar surgery, including punch excision, punch graft and subcutaneous incision, is one of the most effective treatments for depressed acne scars. Acne scar surgery may also be used to treat raised acne scars, often followed by radiation or injection to prevent the scars from returning.
Laser Skin Resurfacing
The AAD states that depressed acne scars can be effectively treated with laser skin resurfacing. In most cases a series of laser treatments is necessary. Laser skin resurfacing can also improve the look of skin after scar surgery.
Cryotherapy may be used to treat raised acne scars. In cryotherapy, the scar tissue is frozen, often during a series of sessions, and eventually falls off.
To perform microdermabrasion, your dermatologist uses a machine to remove the top layer of skin. Multiple microdermabrasion sessions allow the skin to heal in cases of minor scarring.
Talk with your dermatologist to find the right treatment for your acne scars. Many surgical and nonsurgical procedures are available to treat acne scars.