Happy Monday y’all! I hope that those of you who are snowed in are staying warm and have plenty of snacks and fun Netflix to watch!
In today’s post, I would love to present you with the best treatment options for acne scars. I see this a lot as a clinician, and here are the best treatments:
Medical Microneedling, also known as Collagen Induction Therapy, is a treatment in which fine gauge needles (usually 9-12 needles per tip (which as disposable, one time use) are applied to the skin in a perfect pattern. This creates micro channels in the skin, which stay open for 4 hours after treatment. The skin registers these micro channels as tiny “wounds” and send collagen to repair the area. The beautiful affect of this is that there aren’t true wounds, so you get collagen proliferation over the entire treatment area. The result is skin that is thicker (plumping!) as well as more evenly textured and evenly pigmented. Downtime is very minimal (usually 2-3 days) and a series of treatments delivers the best results.
It is INCREDIBLE what lasers can do in rejuvenating the skin. Depending upon the clinic that you go to, you have MANY options. You may have heard of them- BBL, Halo, Profractional,, Fraxel, and Clear & Brilliant to name a few. The best approach is to meet with a licensed practitioner (Licensed Aesthetician/Certified Laser Technician, PA, RN, or MD) to help determine the best modality to help rebuild collagen and reduce your scars. In my clinical experience, anything that resurfaces the skin tends to work the best- this is referred to as partially ablative or ablative (ablative means directly damaging the tissue) . In these treatments you should expect more signfigant downtime than medical microneedling. Below I am showing some before and after imges from Sciton- the first is a ProFractional Treatment (which is ablative) and the second is the Sciton Halo treatment (partially ablative). The third is treating acne with BBL (non-ablative). Individual results vary!
Thanks for stopping by! XO, Ashli