Acne scars are difficult to remove without help from a professional, but people in Tampa have a wonderful resource to improve their complexion. While not everyone who has acne as a teen will be scarred, those with serious cases may have scars etched permanently on their face unless treated. One way to reduce these acne scars, is with laser skin resurfacing.
Acne comes in different forms and it most often begins to appear at puberty. The acne is caused by hormonal changes in young teens that can appear as blackheads, whiteheads, pimples or cysts. Mild acne is very common and refers mainly to black head and white heads that will often come and go as we age. Moderately severe acnes can include red inflamed pimples or pimples with white centers called pustules. Severe acne, which is less common, often produces nodules or cysts that appear under the skin. Those with moderate to severe cases are more likely to develop lasting scars than those that only had minor acne.
Acne Scars can have a Lasting Effect
It seems unjust that those that suffered through the worst cases of acne as a teen may have to go through life with a lasting reminder of the condition. People with lasting pockmarks may experience significant psychological distress. The scars are often linked to self-esteem issues, depression, anxiety, poor social skills and even put a person at risk for suicide in rare cases. Studies have shown that those with a poor complexion as a result of youthful cysts or pimples can have lowered academic scores, employment challenges and have long term body image issues.
Unfortunately, rather than lessening over time, acne scars will frequently grow worse due to normal skin changes. As we get older, we lose moisture in our skin and our elastic tissue that keeps our skin firm will decrease which makes the marks even more apparent. Exposure to the sun also aggravates the pocks and allows them to stand out due to uneven tanning. There are no effective over the counter products that can reverse the appearance of acne marks once the damage is done.
How to Reverse Acne Scars
The good news is that most scars are contained within the upper layers of skin which means that laser therapy can help to smooth out the complexion. Laser skin resurfacing removes layers of the skin to treat scars and other blemishes in the epidermis (top layer of skin) as well as in the dermis, the underlying level of skin. In the Tampa area, Dr. Dominic Castellano, a board-certified plastic facial surgeon, uses the Erbium YAG laser to achieve excellent results in the treatment of acne scars. The Erbium laser offers more flexibility in handling a variety of skin conditions and allows Dr. Dominic to treat specific areas without thermal injury or damage to the skin.
Laser Skin Resurfacing is Best Treatment for Acne Scars
Laser skin resurfacing is done on an outpatient basis under local anesthesia. Laser skin resurfacing is most effective for shallow scars but can improve the appearance of deeper marks as well. The laser will remove the top layers of the skin in specific areas, allowing the new skin to rise to the top. Once the new skin has healed, the blemishes will be gone or reduced in appearance. This type of treatment does require more recovery time than with microdermabrasion or an injection with dermal fillers. However, the results of laser resurfacing are far more effective at removing acne scars than with any other type of procedure. It generally takes 7 to 10 days for the swelling go down and for the initial soreness to diminish. For a few months following the laser treatment, the skin must be protected from the sun and ointment applied to ensure the best results.
Laser skin resurfacing is a medical procedure and should only be done by a well-experienced provider with the right credentials. Treatment should also be done in an accredited medical facility. The doctors and staff at Elite Facial Plastic Surgery are extremely well-qualified and experienced in the art of laser skin resurfacing. If you are interested in learning if this procedure is right for you, please call for a complimentary consultation today.
Elite Facial Plastic Surgery is a fully accredited medical facility under the direction of Dr. Dominic Castellano. Dr. Dominic is a highly respected, board-certified facial plastic surgeon with over 20 years of experience. The medical team is highly trained and specializes in facial cosmetic surgery and injectable procedures. Call (813) 975-3223 today to schedule your complimentary visit or go to our website for more information www.EliteTampa.com