Acne is something most of us have experienced at one time or another. As many as three out of four teenagers have experienced it to some extent.
More than 12 million Americans suffer from varying degrees of acne scars. Even a mild case of adolescent acne can leave permanent scars throughout adulthood. In addition to physical trauma, for many, acne scars can also have adverse psychological effects.
Physicians say that the scarring itself represents only a small part of the actual damage. To gauge the psychological effect of acne scarring, the makers of injectable collagen gathered a focus group of men and women to discuss their feelings before and after acne scar treatments.
Our practitioners provide acne scar treatments for clients from Lynnfield, Wakefield, Peabody, Reading and Andover, MA. to improve their skins appearance.
It is not uncommon for clients with acne scars tend to be introverted, often holding their heads down, covering their faces with their hair, and generally avoiding eye contact. Many of them carry a great deal of guilt — as if the scarring were their fault. Many sufferers “blame their skin” for things that go wrong in their lives.
During your consultation our practitioners will determine the severity of your scarring and may select one or more treatments that are best for you. After treatment of their acne scars, members of the focus group regained their self-confidence and felt more at ease in social situations.
Common acne scar treatments
Injections with Juvederm, Sculptra, Radiesse or Voluma are good treatments for shallow and deep acne scars. These fillers can be injected into the area of the scar, smoothing depressions. Results are immediately apparent. Patients usually require touch-up treatments every 6 months to 2 years.
Microdermabrasion can be likened to a superficial “skin polishing” using micro-crystals vacuumed over your skin’s surface to remove damaged skin cells. These gentle treatments can provide noticeable improvement to acne scars. The treatments are progressive and are applied through a course of weekly sessions.
Chemical Peels use a chemical solution to burn away the fine outer layers of the skin. The solutions are available in several strengths, depending on the degree of peeling desired. Healing can take from 3 days to 3 weeks. A new, smoother layer of skin is then formed.
IPL Photo Facial Treatments do not require anesthesia, as they are not painful and there is no downtime. Most patients receive a series of about 5 treatments. Depending on the type of acne scar, improvement can be dramatic. The improvement is gradual and continues to improve even after the treatment stops.
The Laser Resurfacing procedure gently vaporizes the damaged or acne-scarred skin to reveal the smooth, fresh skin underneath.
With all of these procedures at our disposal, your treatment can be tailored to achieve your expectations. After our practitioners perform acne and acne scar treatments, clients are thrilled with the results.