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TREATMENTS FOR ACNE SCARS
What causes acne scarring?
Acne scarring generally results from inflamed blemishes that are caused by enlarged skin pores. Skin pores can swell up from excessive oil, bacteria and dead skin cells causing a break in the follicle wall. Minor tears in the follicle wall do not take as long to heal, but a major one can cause infected material to spill out into surrounding tissue to create deeper lesions.
Although our bodies do have a self-repair system, it is reliant on collagen — which we produce less of as we age, making it harder for acne scars to fade.
What are Ice Pick Scars?
Ice pick scars are most common and derive their name from the actual formation of the scars. They are shaped like the hole left from an ice pick and are deep and narrow, which makes it difficult for them to be filled up naturally with collagen. Some are too deep to heal entirely. Ice pick scars are usually less than 2mm across.
What are Boxcar Scars?
Boxcar scars are wider and more rectangular with vertical edges as compared to ice pick scars. Boxcar scars are most commonly found on the temples and cheeks. While these scars can be deep or shallow, the majority of Boxcar scars are not as deep as Ice Pick scars.
What are Rolling Scars?
Rolling scars are the least common scar type of the three. These scars are typically shallow and wide. Caused by damage under the surface of the skin, rolling scars are round and give the skin a rolling, wave-like appearance.
Acne Scar Treatment in Ann Arbor, MI
A variety of treatment options for acne scars and other types of scars are available at CosMedic LaserMD. These include microneedling, ICON 1540 laser, platelet-rich plasma, and deep chemical peels. Most times, these treatments are used in combination depending on the types of scars being treated, along with a good skin care regimen and often, routine HydraFacials. At each treatment session, Dr. Macha will examine you to determine if the treatment is producing the maximum result. The frequency of treatment options depends on your ability to produce new collagen and elastin.
Schedule a consultation with Dr. Macha at CosMedic LaserMD today. Let us help you achieve the results you desire.