Understanding your options for treatment of acne scars in Portland, OR
Although most forms of acne do not pose a serious health risk, they can be devastating for a person’s quality of life. Here at Thrive in Portland OR, we understand this, and we offer a full range of treatments to help you achieve clear, healthy, glowing skin. In some cases, this is a two-phase process. The first phase is clearing and controlling acne, and the second is treating the scars.
If you are concerned about acne scarring, we have good news for you. These scars are usually preventable – and if they develop, they are treatable. Here is what you need to know.
How to prevent acne scars
Severe cystic acne is the most likely type to cause scarring. As the infected pore swells, surrounding tissue is damaged. After the lesion heals, it can leave a depressed (atrophic) or raised (hypertrophic) scar. The best way to minimize the risk of scarring is to minimize the damage to tissue.
- You should never pick at, or “pop,” a pimple. It is damaging to skin and it can encourage the spread of infection, both of which increase the risk of scarring.
- Keep skin clean, but don’t scrub it or use overly harsh products, because irritation can worsen inflammation.
- Use acne products as directed by your doctor (or according to label directions if you are not currently under the care of a doctor). Overuse will not hasten or improve results. Instead, it could damage skin.
- If a product seems to worsen acne, discontinue use, and consult with a medical professional.
- See a medical professional if your acne is severe, or if it is not responding to over the counter products.
If scars form after your acne clears, don’t panic. We have a wide range of options to lessen or eliminate their appearance. Some of the most commonly used are listed below.
This is a wonderfully gentle, nonablative laser treatment that can address a number of skin concerns with no downtime. It targets deep skin layers, increasing cellular turnover and triggering production of new collagen. Most patients will need a series of several treatments, with progressive improvement after each one. In addition to acne scars, Laser Genesis may be used to reduce wrinkles, shrink enlarged pores, improve skin quality, fade red spots, and much more.
CO2 Laser resurfacing
Carbon dioxide (CO2) laser resurfacing is a powerful procedure that removes dead and damaged skin cells. It triggers a natural healing response, rapidly replacing upper layers with fresh, healthy skin. The process also increases collagen production significantly. This is an ablative laser procedure, so it involves some recovery time, but yields significant improvement in just one session. The CO2 laser is used to treat scarring, wrinkles, sun damage, and other skin concerns.
RevLite Q Switch 1064
This advanced multi-wavelength device offers the flexibility for a broad range of treatments, from tattoo removal to antiaging. Like other laser procedures, it can improve the appearance of acne scars by increasing collagen production and rejuvenating the surrounding tissue. A significant advantage of the RevLite device is exacting precision that enables the clinician to target individual spots on the skin.
Radiofrequency (RF) energy has long been used in aesthetic medicine, in ways similar to laser therapy. It targets certain components in skin, causing therapeutic heating that triggers skin rejuvenation. Dual action Infini takes RF therapy to a new level by pairing it with microneedling. The device uses a multitude of insulated, hair-thin needles, delivering therapeutic RF energy directly to deep tissue layers where it is needed. Simultaneously, the microneedles help break down scar tissue.
Depressed acne scars occur where tissue is missing. The collagen building treatments listed above can encourage these marks to “fill in,” with long lasting results. Deep scars become shallower, smoother, more even toned, and less visible, but complete correction may not be possible with the most severe depressed scars. In these cases, dermal fillers may be used to add volume, effectively raising the area level with the surface of surrounding skin. Fillers are not a permanent solution, but they can be maintained with regular touch ups. Depending on the product, dermal fillers usually last from a few months to about a year, sometimes longer.Back to acne-scars Page