Acne Scar Treatment 101

Winter is the time to bundle up, but not because you want to hide your skin! People who have struggled with acne as a teenager or young adults can continue to feel the repercussions of the scars left behind. These scars can leave people feeling like they have to hide behind makeup or extra clothes before scar treatment. However, that doesn’t have to be the case. 

To help you build your confidence and take control of your skin, O’Neill Plastic Surgery offers a laser acne scar procedure. This winter, shed the unnecessary layers and embrace the skin you’re in by finally confronting the acne scars of the past!   

Understanding Scar Treatment 101

How do acne scars form? 

Acne breakouts that penetrate the skin deeply can damage the skin and tissue beneath it. When the acne clears, the body is left also trying to repair the deeper damage. The body has to produce collagen that it uses to promote healing. Scars appear when too much or too little collagen is produced in the healing process. 

What are the different types of acne scars? 

There are two different types of acne scars depending on the amount of collagen produced. When too little collagen is produced, it is called a depressed acne scar because it develops as a pit. On the other hand, too much collagen produces raised acne scars. 

How does the laser acne scar removal system work? 

This scar treatment uses the PicoSure laser to treat acne scars. It gently sends short bursts of photomechanical light to the problem areas, avoiding any damage to the skin around the chosen area. The use of photomechanical light causes less damage to the cells than other traditional skin laser techniques. It is moved around to the areas of the face that have scarring. In turn, the technique revitalizes your skin while also treating acne scars. 

How does this differ from traditional lasers? 

We have moved away from traditional lasers with scar treatment for a reason. When you use a traditional skin revitalization technique, they break up cells in a way that causes more pain, redness, and irritation. This results in a longer post-procedure recovery as well. The PicoSure does not bring that same intense heat energy to leave your skin clear gently while healing quicker than the traditional techniques. 

What is the timeline for this procedure? 

Your appointment for this scar treatment laser procedure is quick, as patients are usually in and out in less than an hour. With this timing, you can make the appointment for a quick stop-in during your day! It could be on a lunch break, in-between errands, or even before picking up the kids from school. The time between appointments is typically six to eight weeks to ensure that there is complete healing and cell regeneration between sessions.  

Your number of treatments is unique, as is the level of skin scarring. Typically patients receive between three and six treatments to resolve the scarring. Our team works with you to create a personalized strategy that uses the laser to treat your skin how it needs to be treated. Once you have a consultation, you will better know how many treatments your skin will require.  

Make this winter the last time you feel the need to cover up with extra clothing. Acne scars can be a thing of the past with scar treatment, and you can start embracing the skin you’re in. Have you been struggling with your confidence as a result of acne scarring? Our team at O’Neill Plastic Surgery is here to help you find the solution with laser scar treatment. Check out our website or give us a call to schedule a consultation today! 

A picture of Patrick J. O’Neill, MD wearing his doctor attire.

About the Author

Upon completing medical school at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC, Dr. O’Neill completed nine years of residency training. These nine years included a full general surgery and a plastic surgery residency, both at the Medical University of South Carolina, and a hand and microsurgery fellowship at the Kleinert Institute for Hand and Microsurgery. Dr. O’Neill has extensive certifications, training, skills, and knowledge that make him a successful physician who can carry out your next plastic surgery procedure. His expertise and technique will result in the beautiful and natural look you desire post surgery.

Board Certified:
American Board of Surgery
American Board of Plastic Surgery
Sub-Certification in Hand and Microsurgery

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