Acne is the most common skin ailments around, affecting over 50 million Americans annually. A whopping 85 percent of people between the ages of 12 and 24 experience at least some minor acne, with many developing acne scars that can stay with them for the rest of their lives. Fortunately, Dr. Brian Armijo and his team offer several methods to drastically reduce acne scarring.
Different types of acne scars require different treatments. However, most scars can be treated with laser skin resurfacing, so here are five ways laser treatments reduce acne scarring in Dallas, Texas.
Remove Dead Layers of Skin
Acne scars form when the structure of the skin cells is damaged beyond repair. Depending on the severity of one’s acne, this happens at varying depths of the skin’s dermal layers.
The vast majority of people experiencing acne scars have shallow to medium damage. This means the cells that form the upper layers of their skin is likely damaged beyond repair.
Laser skin treatments are highly useful in treating shallow to medium scars by completely removing the damaged skin cells to make way for newer, healthier cells.
This is why the term “resurfacing” is appropriate— because the laser removes the older, damaged skin surface to reveal the healthy and non-scarred cells underneath.
Target Large or Small Areas
Depending on the acne type, patients may have a particular area of the face affected by acne scars, such as around the temples, or may have a larger area requiring treatment, such as across the cheeks and along the jaw.
Laser treatments for acne scars are highly beneficial in that they can treat as specific or as broad an area as required.
Treat Varying Depths
The worse the acne scar, the deeper it goes into the dermal layer. Lasers can treat deep scars precisely without damaging the surrounding skin cells. Depending on the type of scar, however, deeper scars may be better treated with a volumizing procedure such as dermal fillers to raise the area and eliminate the scar.
Stimulate Collagen Production
As we’ve discussed, scars arise from damaged skin cells. Laser treatments stimulate the natural production of collagen, which tightens and improves skin texture and surfacing. Collagen is vital for skin health and structure and also to correct existing scarring.
A significant benefit to laser treatments for acne scarring is that there is minimal downtime associated with the treatment. Patients will need to avoid direct sunlight for a few weeks following the procedure to allow the skin to heal fully, but they can return to their daily activities within one or two days.
Ready to Be Free of Acne Scars?
Acne scars are often a residual memory from puberty and high school, but they needn’t be permanent. If you are looking for an acne scar treatment that offers outstanding results, laser scar treatment in Dallas, Texas, is your ideal solution. Dr. Brian Armijo, a leading cosmetic surgeon, will gladly discuss your acne scar treatment options with you. Please reach out to us at (214) 540-1434 or fill out this online form to arrange your consultation today.