Acne Scars The Woodlands

Scars can be reminders of that painful condition, acne, a skin condition that causes pimples or “zits.” This includes whiteheads, blackheads, and red, inflamed patches of skin (such as cysts). It occurs when pores—tiny openings on the surface of the skin—become clogged, resulting in inflammation and infection. Acne scars The Woodlands can help to reduce the appearance of scars.

Acne formation diagramAcne scars improved with Bellafill

What causes acne scars?

Your body’s healing process may form scars after the acne is completely healed. Your body forms new collagen fibers to mend the damage to your dermis, a deep, thick layer of skin. The new scar tissue will have a different texture and quality than the surrounding tissue.

Loss of underlying fat or muscle can cause a scar to have a sunken or pitted appearance. Acne scars can be raised, as keloid scars, caused by your body producing more collagen than the healing needs. Acne scars The Woodlands would love to evaluate your situation.

Kinds of acne scars

  • Ice-pick scars are deep, narrow, pitted scars
  • Rolling scars are broad depressions with sloping edges
  • Boxcar scars are also broad depressions, but have sharply defined edges
  • Atrophic scars are flat, thin scars or depressed scars
  • Raised (hypertrophic) or keloid scars are thick and lumpy.

Lessening acne scars

Scars cannot be completely removed, so your goal is to improve their appearance. Some ways to improve the appearance of acne scars are:

Topical treatments: Vitamin E, cocoa butter cream, and skin care products can soften the feeling of tight skin, but don’t actually reduce acne scars.

Depressed scars—ice pick, boxcar, and rolling/atrophic

  • Dermabrasion or physically removing the surface of the skin can help to blend in the scar’s irregularities.
  • Microdermabrasion is less invasive than dermabrasion, but minimally useful for very superficial scars.
  • Laser Resurfacing also removes the surface layers of the skin. Newer types of laser may work on the dermis’s collagen without removing the upper layers of skin. Laser resurfacing will give you the most complete results for widespread scarring.
  • Filler injections work on sunken scars by raising them to the level of surrounding skin. Fillers are temporary, so they will need to be periodically retreated. Collagen, hyaluronic acid, fat grafting, and other fillers can be used for depressed scars.
  • Microneedling creates tiny punctures in the outer skin to stimulate collagen production that, in turn, makes the scars less noticeable.
  • Subcision divides the fibrous band under the skin, allowing the skin to return to its normal position.
  • Chemical reconstruction causes a local inflammatory reaction leading to formation of new collagen fibers. This can help to reduce shadows on depressed scars, making them appear less deep. This is also called TCA CROSS, meaning trichloroacetic acid chemical reconstruction of skin scars.

Raised scars

  • Surgery may lessen the appearance of depressed scars. Raised scars should not be cut out, because there is a risk of even more severe scarring.
  • Steroid injections or topical steroids may help flatten a raised scar.
  • Radiotherapy, used superficially and low-dose, may prevent a recurrence of severe keloid scarring.
  • Cryotherapy or freezing.

Do I have to choose a treatment method?

Acne scars The Woodlands will be treated as Dr. Nangrani decides is appropriate, with excellent effect.

Prevention is the best method

You know how noticeable acne is, if you have ever suffered from it. First of all, caring for your acne early and thoroughly may keep you from developing scars. After your acne has cleared and your skin is no longer inflamed, you can treat the scars that the acne has left. Acne scars cannot be treated while your acne is still inflamed.

Anyone can get acne, even babies, but it is most common in teenagers, when hormonal changes cause the skin to be more oily. Acne tends to run in families. Dr. Chaitali Nangrani, MD, will suggest treatments based on your individual needs. A combination of microdermabrasion, chemical peels, and skin care is usually recommended for active acne.

What is Acne?

Each pore opens to a follicle containing a hair and an oil gland. The oil released by the gland helps remove old skin cells and keeps your skin soft.

Glands may produce too much oil. As a result, the pores can become blocked with buildups of dirt, bacteria, and cells, finally causing a blockage called a plug or comedone.

  • The top of the plug is white in a whitehead.
  • Top of the plug is dark in a blackhead.
  • A broken plug may cause swelling and red bumps.

Acne that is deep in your skin can cause hard, painful cysts called cystic acne.

What triggers acne?

  • Hormonal changes related to puberty, menstrual periods, pregnancy, birth control pills, or stress
  • Greasy or oily cosmetic and hair products
  • Certain drugs (such as steroids, testosterone, estrogen, and phenytoin or Dilantin)
  • High levels of humidity and sweating

Finally, research does not show that chocolate, nuts, and greasy foods cause acne. However, diets high in refined sugars may be related to acne.

You, our client, are our top priority here at Vedas. Located in The Woodlands, Texas, our North Houston office is conveniently located only 10 minutes from I45 and a step off The Woodlands Parkway. We offer you a free consultation for personalized information on acne scars The Woodlands. Come get acquainted with Dr. Nangrani, our board-certified Medical Director. She has practiced for over 15 years. Please call our office to schedule your consultation.

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Diagram: Acne formation, Wikimedia Commons, photo: Bellafill.com.

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