Patients ask about treatment for deep acne scars on their skin
When a wound heals but leaves collagen behind, it can leave a scar. Acne can leave deep scars that cause depressions or pits in the skin. Acne and acne scars can be embarrassing for adults. However, they do not have to live with acne or its scars, thanks to dermatology. The dermatological team at Daphne I. Panagotacos, M.D. in Westlake Village will take the time to meet with patients, examine their skin, and prescribe the right treatment.
Causes of acne scars
When acne reaches the deeper layers of skin, the tissue and skin can become damaged. As the acne clears, the body’s inflammatory responses set in and try to repair the damage. During the healing process, the body produces collagen. If there is too much or too little collagen, there may be a scar. The type of scar depends on how much collagen the body produces.
Risk factors for acne scars
The risk of acne scars can increase when patients have family members who developed acne scars. Picking, squeezing, or popping increases the risk for scars. Swollen, red, and painful acne such as nodules and cysts, which penetrate deep into the skin, can also leave scars. This type of acne can damage the skin. Since the risk factors vary, we recommend scheduling a consultation appointment.
Preparing for a consultation
You may want to seek treatment if you answer “yes” to any one of the following questions:
- Do I wish I could get rid of my acne scars?
- Am I less social with acne scars?
- Do I feel my scars limit my opportunities to get a job, advance my career, date, or perform well in school?
Are you ready to consider a treatment for your acne scars? If so, consider how you want to look afterwards. We will work closely with you to devise a treatment plan that is right for you. We can provide various treatments to clear or reduce acne scars including laser therapy, chemical peels, and dermabrasion. We will be happy to explore all of your choices during a consultation appointment. Schedule yours today by calling 805-379-3376.