Millions of people have scars from the long-lasting inflammation caused by acne. Scars occur most frequently in those with moderate to severe acne. It remains unknown why some people develop scars when others don’t. Many treatment options are available to diminish the scars’ appearance. Depending on the type and severity of scarring, improvement can be seen in 4 to 6 weeks.
Type of Acne Scars
- Icepick. These deep pits in the skin are a classic sign of acne scarring. They are the most common type of acne scar and usually occur on the cheek. They may be shallow or deep and may be hard or soft to the touch.
- Boxcar. These depressed, crater-like scars are larger than icepick scars.
- Rolling scars. These are curved indentations on the skin.
- Hypertrophic scars. These are elevations or areas of skin thickening. Large hypertrophic scars may be referred to as “keloids” and tend to run in families.
The recommended treatment will depend upon the type of scar being treated, your skin type, your tendency to scar, and cost. Different treatments may be combined for optimal effect.
At Goodman Dermatology we offer numerous treatment options for acne scars. A consultation with one of our doctors can help identify which procedure(s) are best for you.
- Chemical Peels – Acne Scars
- Dermal Fillers
- Excison and Punch Replacement Graft