Acne and Acne Scarring


There’s already enough pressure and drama during the teen years without having to battle acne, but unfortunately 80 percent of teens will experience some form of acne. And it can reappear well into adulthood. At Contour Dermatology, we empathize with teens and their parents over the emotional as well as physical aspects this skin condition creates. Treating people with acne and acne scarring is some of the most rewarding work we do. To see the transformation of patients to clear skin and enjoying a renewed sense of self-esteem is a truly joy.

Acne Scar Subcision is a process to help with treating deep facial scars that resulted from severe acne.

Contour Dermatology and Timothy Jochen, MD help people overcome their acne.

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First: Stop the Inflammation

The first step is to get the acne under control. For moderate to severe acne, I typically recommend Accutane. It’s a proven therapy and only requires a short course, but has long-lasting results. For mild to moderate acne, Retin A can be helpful. We also have other oral and topical prescriptions we may recommend. Certain lasers target the sebaceous glands to reduce breakouts and blue light therapy kills bacteria. Once the active acne is controlled, we deal with any resulting scars.

Types of Acne Scars

There are four distinct types of acne scars: Ice Pick Scars – so named for the deep pits they leave, Boxcar Scars – rectangular or oval shaped depressions, Rolling Scars – a waved fibrous pattern, and Hypertrophic Scars – raised scars.

Acne Scar Treatments

Treatment options range from lasers, minor surgical procedures to dermal fillers, chemical peels and dermabrasion. Usually it requires a combination of technologies to deliver the best results.

Laser Resurfacing – fractional CO2 is considered the Gold Standard for several types of scars. This type of laser ablates the top layer of the skin making scars shallow and less defined. It also stimulates collagen below the scar and shrinks and tightens skin. However, this treatment is not recommended for darker skin types due to possible hyperpigmentation.

Fraxel Laser – an alternative to the fractional CO2, it is less aggressive but fine for most skin types.

Smoothbeam/Excel V Laser: These lasers stimulate collagen production which naturally fills in scars for a more even texture.

Dermarollers – an alternative to the fractional CO2. The Dermaroller uses needles to penetrate the skin to stimulate collagen much like fractional technology.

Dermabrasion – a common treatment for “sanding down” acne scars and stimulating collagen. At Contour, we perform Vibradermabrasion with uses textured paddles, not crystals.

TCA Chemical Peel – can help improve the appearance of rolling or depressed acne scars.

Injectable dermal fillers – can be considered for some scars and last anywhere from six moths to one year.

Subcision – can elevate a scar and also stimulate collagen to prevent the scar from looking indented.

Punch Elevation is used to lift a scar with a punch biopsy scalpel and suture the tissue in place.

Punch Graft involves a graft of skin from a donor site such as behind the ear. The risk with this method is that the donor site may not match the exact skin tone of the receiving area.

As you can see there are many options for reducing the traumatic effects of acne. After all, our goal is to help you feel good about your skin again!

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Dr. Timothy Jochen Medical Director, Contour Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery Center
Dr. Jochen specializes in Mohs Surgery for skin cancer removal, facial rejuvenation including cosmetic laser technology, Botox® and facial fillers, soft tissue augmentation, leg and facial vein treatment, tumescent liposuction and hair restoration/transplants.
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