Acne Scarring

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Acne scarring comes in many forms and can be improved by a variety of methods, depending on the type of scar. It is essential to determine the type of scar to treat it properly.

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Acne comes in many forms and so do the resulting scars. CCSD offers a wide variety of state-of-the-art treatments for different types of scarring, so an acne scar consultation is the best way to learn more about what’s best for each patient.

Types of Acne Scarring

Scarring caused by acne is usually indented or depressed into the skin. These atrophic scars are broken down into three types and have distinct characteristics.

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Ice Pick Scars

These deep scars are larger on the surface and have irregular bases and walls. They narrow as they deepen and have two primary treatment options.

Rolling Scars

Rolling scars become less visible when the skin is pulled taut and can look worse under certain lighting. Depending on size and location, surgical and non-surgical treatment options are available.

Box Car Scars

Similar in appearance to chicken pox scars, these are round or oval-shaped with irregular walls and bases that vary in depth. Treatments include surgical and nonsurgical options dependent on size and location.

Pink or Brown “Scars”

These discolorations, also called post-imflammatory hyperpigmentation, are not true scars and can be faded or removed with various topical treatments or creams.

Acne Scarring Treatment Options

We offer a wide range of acne scarring treatments for all types of scars and skin types. These include laser treatments, microneedling, chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and topical products.

Fraxel Dual Laser Resurfacing

This dual-wavelength non-ablative fractionated laser can be used on most skin types to reduce deep scarring. This laser resurfacing treatment is spread over 4-5 appointments with minimal swelling or pinkness.

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Fractionated CO2 Laser Resurfacing

Using topical numbing, this resurfacing treatment restores collagen and improves skin texture. Downtime varies depending on the intensity of the treatment, but you can typically expect healing to take 4-7 days.

Microneedling with PRP

This nonsurgical microneedling pen treats acne scars best in conjunction with Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) for maximum collagen production and rapid healing. The number of sessions needed varies by patient, but you expect to have around 6 monthly treatments.

Other treatment options include injectable fillers, like Restylane and Juvederm, that contain hyaluronic acid. These all work to stimulate collagen production and can last for years.

Our less invasive scar revision treatments, including DiamondGlow Microdermabrasion and chemical peels, are performed by our licensed estheticians.

Please call to learn more about acne scar laser treatments in Chicago or to schedule a consultation with one of our Board-Certified Dermatologists.

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