Men and women who have had active acne in the past may be dealing with the consequences of this condition. Many patients with acne may struggle years after their condition has been controlled with acne scars. Acne scars are divots that appear on the skin as a result of inflammatory acne. They can negatively affect the texture and may make patients feel self-conscious about their appearance. When patients come to the Center for Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery, they may speak with Dr. Cheryl Burgess and her team regarding solutions and effective treatment for acne scars in the Washington, DC area.
Dr. Cheryl Burgess has several options available to her when it comes to addressing acne scars on the face. First, she must consult with patients and perform a physical evaluation of the skin. The type of acne scar and the severity will allow her to determine the most effective treatment option. For mild blemishes, patients may be able to improve the texture of the skin with procedures such as microdermabrasion and chemical peels. These can eliminate the dead cells on the upper portion of the skin to replenish it. It can also enhance tone and address the signs of aging, other benefits that make these procedures highly desirable for patients with multiple concerns.
More aggressive treatments can be used, such as laser therapies. Laser skin resurfacing can also work at smoothing the texture of the skin while improving tone and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, sun spots and freckles.
Patients with several large, deep “ice pick” scars may be better suited for more direct treatment. This may include injectables. Dr. Cheryl Burgess uses injectable fillers such as Radiesse®, Juvederm®, Restylane® and Belotero® to add volume to these deep divots and therefore smooth the skin. Patients can achieve immediate results with these injections, but will have to maintain them with regular appointments. Most injectables used for acne scar treatment can reduce depth for approximately six to 12 months, depending on the formula used.