Acne breakouts can affect your self-esteem, appearance, and the health of your skin. But if you treat your breakouts, you’ll get rid of acne forever, right? Not necessarily. Sometimes even when acne is treated, it can leave scars behind, with either pits or bumps where the acne used to be.
Acne scars are frustrating, but you don’t have to live with them. If you find yourself always wearing makeup to cover the imperfections, or shying away from social outings because you’re embarrassed by your acne scars, it’s time to do something about it.
With new, cutting-edge laser technology, Dr. Roberts can help you take control of your complexion and improve your confidence. The Lutronic PicoPlus laser treatment system can repair even the deepest of acne scars, giving you smooth, beautiful skin again.
How acne scars your face
When you have an acne breakout, the pores of your skin get clogged with bacteria, dead skin cells, and excess oil. Clogged pores swell up, becoming inflamed acne blemishes. Pressure from these blemishes causes your skin follicles to become damaged and can lead to acne scarring over time.
Small breaks in the follicle wall often heal quickly — without acne scarring — but deeper breaks can cause the infection to spread to surrounding tissue. As your skin tries to repair these breaks, it forms new collagen fibers. The reparative collagen fibers often aren’t as smooth as the original skin, and you’re left with acne scars.
Acne scars are a type of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH). If your skin was permanently damaged by acne, extra melanin pigment can leave discolorations. You can keep your acne scars from getting worse by:
- Using sun protection
- Not picking at your acne
- Gently exfoliating your skin regularly
Before considering laser treatment for your acne scars, it’s important to make sure that you’re no longer experiencing active breakouts. Continual acne can keep damaging your skin and leaving scars, making them difficult to treat.
Lutronic PicoPlus for acne scar treatment
Conservative treatment methods for acne scars won’t make them go away completely, but you do have safe, effective options for acne scar removal. There are different types of acne scars, and prior to PicoPlus treatment, Dr. Roberts examines your skin and identify the type of acne scarring that you have.
Atrophic acne scarring happens when your body doesn’t repair acne damage properly. These scars are depressions or holes in the surface of your skin, which can be large or small.
Hypertrophic acne scarring occurs when your body produces too much collagen during the healing process, leaving raised bumps on your skin. Hypertrophic acne scars are most common on your chest or back.
Acne scar treatment is different for every patient, and Dr. Roberts and his team will develop a treatment plan that works for you. Laser treatment for acne scars typically involves resurfacing the skin by removing the top layer and targeting any particular spots of PIH. Afterwards, your skin repairs itself with collagen, evening out roughness caused by the acne scars.
While some acne scars can be difficult to treat, especially if the scars are deep, the PicoPlus laser system gives Dr. Roberts a versatile tool to treat your scarring. Providing precise application for even the deepest of acne scars, the PicoPlus leaves the surrounding tissue unaffected, reducing side effects and downtime.
If you’re no longer suffering from active acne breakouts, but you have lingering acne scars, consider PicoPlus laser treatment. Dr. Roberts and our team can help you have skin that you love. Call our office in Indio, California, or click the “request appointment” button to schedule an appointment online.