Is your battle with acne still visible years after the pimples have healed? You can get smooth, even skin again with scar removal. Whether you have small pits or larger indentations, a dermatologist can work with your skin to improve the texture and appearance. Here's how!
Types of treatments
Choosing the best option for your skin depends on the severity and depth of the scars. It's also a good idea to consider having scar removal done during the cooler months since you'll have to stay out of the warm Atlanta sun while your skin heals.
- Laser resurfacing: A dermatologist can smooth mild scars by using laser resurfacing or light therapy during a series of in-office treatments. These procedures encourage new skin growth to make the acne scars less noticeable, according to the Mayo Clinic.
- Dermabrasion: For more in depth scar removal, your doctor might suggest dermabrasion. The top layer of your skin is scrubbed away to remove the scars. As the new skin grows back, it has a smoother appearance. This is also a great way to reduce wrinkles or sun damage spots. But, dermabrasion requires a few weeks to heal. Your skin will look much worse before it looks better.
- Surgery: If your scars are deep, with ridges or craters, talk to the doctor about having surgery. He can cut away the damaged skin. For narrow scar removal, the skin will be stitched back together, leaving a much less noticeable scar than before. Another option is skin grafting, when a piece of skin is removed from another part of the body and used to replace the removed scar tissue.
Ready to improve the appearance of your skin? Call a dermatologist in Atlanta today to schedule your consultation and see which procedure is best for your skin.