Acne affects each person differently. There are some people who come out of puberty and early adulthood unscathed by breakouts. There are others who suffer from obvious scarring and blemishes from years of severe breakouts that are irreversible. Plastic surgery for acne scars can be an option for individuals to explore changing the appearance of their skin. When looking into plastic surgery here is what you should know.
Scars from acne scarring are broken into two categories. There are scars that occur as a result of loss of skin tissue meaning atrophic, and there are scars that are a result of excessive over growth of tissue, meaning hypertrophic.
In each of these categories, by visual observation, the scarring can be seen as having characteristics of being made by an ice pick, having the appearance of a square appearance of box car, having a rolling appearance, or raised and smooth, called a keloid.
In order to treat these unusual skin abnormalities, special surgical procedures can be performed to either raise the skin up to create a more even appearance, or to remove the excess skin to bring the area down to smoothe out the area. Using dermabrasion and laser resurfacing, the job of achieving a more normal complexion can be achieved with the help of a licensed dermatologist or esthetician.
Dermabrasion is a cosmetic procedure that involves removing the top layer of the skin using a wire or diamond burr. The device acts like a sander to remove and smoothe dead tissue and scars. Pain from this procedure if a light abrasion is used is minimal and recovery time is 5 to 8 days.
Laser resurfacing uses carbon dioxide (CO2) to create a laser beam that vaporizes the skin in thin layers at a time. For small areas of treatment, a local anesthesia will be used, but if a whole facial treatment is desired, then a general anesthetic will be administered for a more pleasant experience. Twenty-four hours after treatment a strict schedule of cleaning the treated area is required 4-5 times daily with the application of a petroleum jelly based lubricant to discourage scabbing. Recovery time will take between 10-21 days. Due to this intense follow up, it is recommended to schedule time off accordingly.
Plastic surgery for acne scars is as close as your local dermatologist office or plastic surgeon’s office. What you should know is that dermabrasion and laser resurfacing to treat acne have been tried and tested for decades and are a safe form of treatment in a wide array of skin types, ethnicities, and ages. See a provider in your local area to find out how it can work for you.