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					Acne Scar Treatment

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Summary:
Acne scars develop after severe cases or when the acne has been forcibly
picked or scratched. There are many types of acne scars, each entirely
treatable.


Keywords:
Acne Treatment, Laser Acne Treatment, Acne Scar Treatment, Adult Acne
Treatment


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Acne scars develop after severe cases or when the acne has been forcibly
picked or scratched. There are many types of acne scars, each entirely
treatable.

The only sure method of acne scar treatment is prevention early on. In
general, you should never pick or squeeze acne, especially inflammatory
acne or “pustules”. Squeezing forces infected material deeper into the
skin, causing additional inflammation and possible scarring.

But there are many acne scar treatment options. All acne scar treatments
are short procedures – fifteen minutes to an hour – but recovery times
vary from fifteen minutes to many months. Scabbing, redness, swelling,
flakiness, dryness, bruising and uneven skin tone are common post-
treatment effects. Acne scar treatment can cost anywhere from $50 to over
$3000. Ask a dermatologist which type of acne scar treatment is right for
you.

Dermabrasion works on shallow acne scars. For decades, sandpaper was used
to scrape away damaged skin, allowing new skin to grow in its place, but
now machines with rotating diamond edged wheels are used.

Laser resurfacing is a newer resurfacing technique, with the same effects
as dermabrasion. Penetration depth into the skin is more easily
controlled with a laser than with dermabrasion and other methods.

Chemical peels are designed only for the lightest of cases. It involves
application of different types of acid to the skin in order to remove the
top layer so that a smoother layer can surface.

Punch techniques are used for deep acne scars. Punch replacement or
excision involves removing the pitted scar, followed by a skin graft or
suture. Punch elevation, on the other hand, just cuts the scar loose and
allows it to float up to the level of surrounding skin.

Subcision is a method whereby the scar tissue is broken up underneath the
surface of the skin, forming a pool of blood under the scar. The blood
clot helps form connective tissue under the scar, leveling it with the
surface.

Dermal fillers are used for deeper acne scars. Material - often collagen
or fat – is injected under the scar to bring it to surface level.
Injections usually last about six months, although research into the
longer lasting materials continues to this day.

				
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