If you have acne scars, you’re definitely not alone. According to the American Academy of Dermatology Association (ADA), acne is the most common skin condition in the United States, affecting up to 50 million Americans annually. From age 12 to 24, approximately 85% of the population will experience minor acne. While commonly associated with puberty, acne can often last into your 30s or 40s.
It’s easy to see acne as a problem that goes away with treatment and less oily skin. Unfortunately, acne doesn’t like to go quietly. Many people who had acne previously are left with acne scars – an embarrassing reminder of the past. It could feel like you’re stuck with acne scars, but that simply isn’t the case. Skin resurfacing can help you leave your discomforting acne scars where they belong: the past.
Do you want to get rid of acne scars for good? Come see us at Bayview General Medicine & Aesthetics. Dr. Richard Blanchar and the rest of our team will make sure you receive the excellent aesthetics care you need and deserve. Dr. Blanchar uses his combined medical experience to provide professional, state-of-the-art, and friendly medical care to his patients.
What causes acne scars?
The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery has found that acne scars are the result of inflamed blemishes caused by excess oil, dead skin cells, and bacteria found in pores. The pore swells and eventually breaks the follicle wall of the pore. If the break is small, the damage is relatively minor and the skin heals easily.
Deep breaks, however, are another story. When a deep pimple pops, infected material spills out and can actually harm the skin around it. When your body goes to fix the pore, it doesn’t always send the right amount of collagen fibers needed for the repair. If too little collagen reaches the impacted area, a ravine-like scar forms; when too much arrives, raised scars are the result.
Skin resurfacing basics
Skin resurfacing treatments, including both laser and non-laser procedures, look to peel off layers of the skin and/or spur the production of collagen and elastin. Both are effective means of giving you a new, refreshed look. While typically performed on the face and neck, treatments are available for the hands, arms, and décolletage.
What does Bayview offer?
Bayview General Medicine & Aesthetics offers laser and non-laser skin resurfacing. Laser treatments converts light into pressure to stimulate a non-trauma response in the skin that boosts collagen and elastin production. The laser technology doesn’t use heat, so you don’t run the risk of damage or burns. Additionally, laser treatments have very little downtime. Non-laser treatments typically come in the form of peels.
- 1540XF Fractional Icon® laser: This treatment actually uses intense-pulsed light to stimulate collagen and elastin production. It’s the only FDA-approved laser for this treatment and involves almost no downtime.
- PhotoFacial: This treatment also uses IPL to boost collagen and elastin production.
- PicoSure®: PicoSure uses light shined through a special lens to turn laser energy into gentle pressure. This pressure, in turn, squeezes your cells and activates the production of new collagen and elastin.
- The HydraFacial®: This professional facial system uses patented Vortex Fusion® Technology and medical grade serums and peels to tighten and firm your skin.
- Glytone EnerPeels®: These peels, which are only available through a licensed physician, work on fine lines and wrinkles, redness, hyperpigmented skin, and blemishes.
You don’t have to live with acne scars. Dr. Blanchar can help you determine what skin resurfacing treatment is right for you. Call or request an appointment at our Fort Lauderdale office today.