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Treatment of Acne Scars

January 10th, 2011

Acne scarring is the devastating and difficult to treat consequence of active acne.  Some people seem more prone to develop this problem and scarring often occurs when acne involves the deeper layers of skin.

Essentially the causes are two fold:  the inflammation that occurs during the acne process and the skin’s attempts to repair the damage.  Some scars are depressed and called atrophic, while some involve increased tissue formation, which are referred to as hypertrophic or even keloid scars.

Some people call the red, purple or brown areas that develop after an acne lesion scars.  These will often fade with time.

People with darker skin usually develop pigmentation at sites of inflammation when active acne lesions have resolved.  These areas may take up to 18 months to fade.

It is important to classify the atrophic type scars (loss of tissue), because they may be treated differently.

  1. Ice pick scars.  These are found most commonly on the cheeks.  They are very tight small depressed scars.
  2. Boxcar scars.  These scars have steep angular slopes.  They most often occur on the cheeks and temples.
  3. Rolling scars.  They are characterized by a wave appearance.

Treatment options involve the use of fractionated laser devices to stimulate synthesis of and to remodel dermal collagen  (the structural protein in the skin).  Sometimes surgery is needed for some scars.  Dermal fillers may also be used to add volume to a depressed scar.

Treatment of acne scars is most often a combination of treatments (i.e.lasers, surgery and dermal fillers) and should be considered a project over time to obtain the best results.

Maintenance treatments for acne scarring, will often include the topical application of a group of substances called Retinoids.  These treatments help to reduce further acne and to provide ongoing skin stimulation.

Thank you for reading and please join me next time, when I will discuss a simple and gentle polishing tool for the skin, called Microdermabrasion.


December 11th, 2010

Acne is the most common disorder affecting the skin.   Most people will develop acne at some point in their lives.   Although acne most commonly affects people in the teens and early twenties, it can occur later in life.

Acne is essentially a disorder of something called the pilosebaceous unit of the skin. These are the oil glands and associated hair follicles. The sebaceous glands are mostly in the skin of the face, chest and back. They are enlarged and secrete excess sebum in acne. The excess sebum combined with “sticky” skin cells causes a plugging of the sebaceous gland ducts and leads to an inflammatory response with subsequent colonization of a bacteria called P.acnes. These are the classical 4 causes of acne in everyone. It is thought that acne is a chronic inherited disorder of skin.

The visible signs of acne vary from person to person. Comedomes or blackheads and whiteheads are the first part of the development of acne lesions. They can form the predominant lesions in some. Papules or red bumps may form. Pustules are also common. When acne starts to affect the deeper layers of the skin, painful cysts and nodules may develop. These commonly result in permanent scarring.

Acne in its various forms always needs to be treated by a medical doctor very assertively from the onset to try to prevent scarring. Treatment options include topical preparations in the form of antibiotics, retinoids or both. Other types of treatments include oral antibiotics, blue light therapy, microdermabrasion, and Accutane.

Scarring is a much more complicated treatment that I will discuss in my next posting.

Thank you again for reading.


December 3rd, 2010

My fourth vlog episode will teach you how Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) photorejuvenation treatments can dramatically help reduce the effects of sun damage & rosacea. These amazing treatments help to improve brown spots, sun damage, fine wrinkles, and enlarged pores as well as smooth the skin and significantly improve redness caused by aging, rosacea, and acne scarring.

Contact my office to book your consultation today & learn more.


November 26th, 2010

Are you looking for an safe and easy way to naturally plump your lips? In the third episode of my vlog series of postings, I discuss our amazing mini lip injection procedure.
I have performed this safe and simple procedure over a thousand times, always using top quality hyaluronic fillers resulting in great success. Please learn more by watching the video or contact my office to book your consultation today.

The Last “D” of Deterioration. Descent or Droopiness of the Skin.

November 22nd, 2010

During our youth our face is full, rounded and the skin is firm. As we age, we gradually lose these features and our face descends or moves “south”. Laxity of the skin develops around the eyes. Hooding of the upper lid begins. We notice jowling along the jaw line. The neck skin becomes looser and crepiness becomes prominent. Adding volume with dermal fillers helps to support some of the laxity.

To actually firm the skin, tightening procedures need to be considered. An excellent option to improve the laxity is a procedure known as Thermalift or more commonly referred to as Thermage. The Thermage treatment uses high energy radio frequency to gently heat the collagen in our skin. The heat stimulates an increased synthesis of the structural protein collagen and tightens the skin in three dimensions. The result is a firmer and thicker skin, all occuring with no surgery involved.

Thermage is performed around the world and has an excellent safety record. The results generally occur over a six month period, however many people notice tightening the day of the treatment. If you are under sixty years old and have up to moderate laxity of your skin you are likely a very good candidate for this procedure. Thermage can also be used to treat laxity of the arms, the chest and the abdomen. Thermage is another part of the combination approach to achieve the best results.

In summary, for maximum benefit to non-surgically improve aging skin, a treatment plan combining Botox, Dermal Fillers, Intense Pulsed Light (Photorejuvenation), Thermage and possibly fractionated laser resurfacing would be optimal.

Thank you for tuning in. Join me next time, when I will discuss the treatment of acne.