If you’ve ever had acne, you’ve most likely developed scarring, or at the very least, scars and discoloration. Just half of the acne problem is solved by eliminating existing and potential acne. You’re left with the traces of your previous acne. You’re probably suffering from one or more of the following: post inflammatory pigmentation (skin discoloration), macules (soft, flat scars with a bluish or violet colour), keloids (bumpy raised scars), ice pick scars (narrow, sharp scars that look like they were stabbed with an icepick), depressed fibrotic scars (scars that look like large ice pick scars), boxcar scars (round pits that look like chicken pox scars-usually found on the back) (scars that give the skin a wave-like appearance). For more details click West Dermatology Palm Springs.
There are a few different types of dermatogical scar removal procedures:
- Dermabrasion is a method of removing dead skin cells
- Microdermabrasion is a procedure that exfoliates the skin.
- Augmentation of soft tissue (fillers)
- Excision is the process of removing something.
- Resurfacing of the skin with lasers
- Peels with Chemicals
- Injections of steroids
Dermabrasion is a method of removing dead skin cells
Dermabrasion is a procedure that involves mechanically removing the top layers of the skin in order to enhance its texture. The skin is removed or “sanded” using a mechanical tool. As a result, a new, smoother layer of skin develops. The skin will be red and swollen after the operation. Swelling, redness, and discomfort begin to fade a few days after treatment, and the top layer of skin peels away. After a dermabrasion injection, the skin can take time to recover (roughly 10 days to 3 weeks). Dermabrasion is not recommended for people with dark skin. Permanent discoloration can occur in Asian or dark-skinned people.
Microdermabrasion is a procedure that exfoliates the skin.
Microdermabrasion is not as successful as dermabrasion because it only removes the top layers of the skin’s surface. Microdermabrasion is similar to dermabrasion in that it “sands” the skin using a mechanical instrument. Microdermabrasion requires the application of aluminium or magnesium oxide crystals to the skin. Microdermabrasion, on the other hand, is less aggressive than dermabrasion since only a small layer of skin is removed. This treatment would not make a big difference if you have deep acne wounds, such as ice pick scars. You could be happy with the results if your acne scars aren’t too large. Another advantage of microdermabrasion over dermabrasion is that the redness usually goes away within an hour of treatment. Acne scars and discoloration can also be removed with microdermabrasion. Microdermabrasion, like dermabrasion, should be avoided by dark skin forms because it can cause discoloration.