Acne Scar Treatment NYC

What Causes Acne Scars?

Acne can cause inflammation deep in your skin causing destruction of tissue and scar formation. Your skin will try to repair itself, but it might not do the job perfectly. Acne scars happen when your body makes too much or too little collagen. Pigmentation issues can also occur, although these marks are not actually acne scars.

There’s no way to predict who will experience scarring after their blemishes finally clear up. However, some factors can increase your chances of developing acne scars, including:

  • Having inflammatory (red, swollen, painful) acne
  • Delaying treatment for inflammatory acne
  • Squeezing, popping, or picking at your pimples 
  • Having a family history of acne scars

Atrophic or Depressed Acne Scars

Atrophic acne scars form when your skin fails to produce enough collagen during wound healing. Also known as depressed acne scars, these marks sit below the surrounding skin. Atrophic acne scars are most common on the face. They’re also very difficult to conceal.

There are a few different types of atrophic acne scars. Icepick scars have a tiny diameter but taper to a deep point. Boxcar scars look square or rectangular. And rolling scars look like half circles that often connect to form a wave-like texture. 

If you’re prone to depressed acne scars, getting your acne under control is your best defense against future marks. Fortunately, there are also products and services that can make these scars look better. Treatments that can be beneficial for people with depressed scars include:

  • Chemical peels
  • Laser resurfacing
  • Microneedling RF
  • Excision
  • Subcision
  • Dermal fillers 
  • Electrodesiccation

Hypertrophic or Raised Acne Scars

Hypertrophic acne scars form when your skin produces too much collagen as it heals. The area puffs up around the surrounding skin. These scars often look shiny and red. People of color are more likely to experience hypertrophic scars. Keloid scars are similar to hypertrophic scars; however, they are thicker, more irregular, and extend past the original wound. They also tend to be red or purple. Raised scars are more common on the jawline, chest, and back than the face.

Treatments for raised acne scars include:

  • Silicone sheeting 
  • Scar creams and gels
  • Steroid injections
  • Laser surgery 
  • Cryosurgery 

Ideal Candidates for Acne Scar Treatment

Acne scar treatments are a good fit for nearly anyone who’s bothered by the look of acne scars. However, many of these services can’t be performed on active breakouts. Acne medications can also interfere with your candidacy. Our dermatologist will explain your treatment options.

What Results Can I Expect From Acne Scar Treatment?

Many treatments can make acne scars smaller and less noticeable. Over time, it’s possible to significantly improve the appearance of acne scars, though everyone’s skin responds differently.

Keep in mind that the experience and skill of the person performing these services will have a massive impact on the results you’re able to achieve. Dermatologists offer these treatments daily, so they have the knowledge needed to deliver a safe and effective experience.

Of course, while acne scar treatments can help improve the appearance of your skin, it’s better to prevent them from forming. Our dermatologist can help you clear up your active breakouts.   

Book Your Acne Scar Treatment Consultation In NYC!

Contact Aglow Dermatology at 212-627-1004 or use our contact form to schedule a consultation with Dr. Strachan.

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