What are Acne Scars?
Acne can be caused by many things, including bacteria and oil buildup in the skin. Unfortunately, most people struggle with it as a teenager and some even long into adult life. The long-term effects can take a toll on some patients when it results in acne scarring, which can result in poor skin texture long after the skin has cleared.
There are many sub-categories of acne scars, but they generally fall into two main types: atrophic, which are caused by an under-production of collagen as the skin heals itself; and hypertrophic, which are caused by an over-production of collagen. These are generally caused by deep-set, inflammatory acne that causes damage to the surrounding skin. However, laser resurfacing or radio-frequency resurfacing are effective at treating acne scarring.
Radio-frequency and laser resurfacing works by selectively injuring the skin to cause scar remodeling and collagen stimulation to improve the damaged tissue. They also remove some of the affected surface skin to jump start your skin’s remodeling functions and reveal a new layer of skin. This can be effective for many skin conditions, but is one of the preferred methods to correct acne scars with long-term results.
Prior to your procedure, your face will be cleaned thoroughly, and the area of treatment is numbed using a local anesthetic. Radio-frequency and laser resurfacing treatments typically take between 30 minutes and two hours, depending on the size of the targeted region and the level of intensity that you and Dr. Jennifer Janiga or nurse practitioner Darci Page agree upon.
Results & Recovery
Radio-frequency or laser resurfacing can be done at variable settings to change the desired effect. Lower settings allow for one to two days of recovery, while higher settings mean you’ll need about five to seven days to recover. Your provider can recommend the right setting for your intended results, which can depend on how severe your acne scarring is.
Dr. Janiga or Darci will instruct you on how to best care for you skin during the healing process, which includes avoiding sun exposure for a few weeks after the procedure. Most patients with acne scarring require a package of treatments for the best results, and they can recommend a treatment plan for you that may include other skin treatments along with laser resurfacing.
Schedule A Consultation
Ultimately, the best way to determine your ideal resurfacing package is through a consultation with Dr. Janiga or Darci Page, NP-C, who can evaluate you and your skin’s needs. To set up a consultation in our Reno dermatology and cosmetic office, schedule a consultation online or call 775-364-0224.