Improve the appearance of your skin with our acne scar treatment protocols!
About 95% of people with acne may experience acne scarring. With options like Aerolase and Microneedling, patients with any skin type can overcome the unsightly reminders of acne with little to no downtime.
Acne scars form when acne becomes so swollen that it damages your skin. It can also occur if you pick or squeeze your acne. There are several types of acne scars:
Meredith Harris, NP is one of the country’s top medical aesthetic influencers and has been trained to perform a variety of acne scar treatment protocols. She pairs her lifelong artistic talent and drive to help people through medicine.
Before starting your treatment, you’ll first meet with Meredith for an in-depth customized consultation to identify the types of acne scarring you have and which treatment options are best for your skin.
If you have a current breakout, we will work with you to control the acne first and then decide how to treat the scarring.
During your initial consultation, we will also help identify any contraindications that might make you a less-than-ideal candidate for treatment.
We offer a wide variety of effective acne scarring treatment options. The protocol selected for your treatment depends on your acne damage and skin type.
Hyperpigmented acne scarring is best treated with Aerolase LightPod Neo and Corrective BroadBand Light (BBL)TM Therapy:
A painless laser frequently used to treat acne, useful for treating red and pigmented scarring of all skin types. Stimulates collagen production to improve skin texture.
BBLTM is a non-invasive protocol that delivers light energy to target redness and acne bacteria of the skin; best for lighter skin types.
There are a vast number of treatment options for depressed acne scars. You may receive one of these modalities or a combination to achieve the best outcomes.
The Halo Pro Hybrid Fractional Laser uses both ablative and non-ablative lasers to address numerous skincare issues, including acne scars. Both ablative and non-ablative lasers encourage collagen production in the dermis, but while the former vaporizes tissue, the later leaves the epidermis unharmed. The laser can be tuned and customized to address your scar tissue.
Vivace uses radiofrequency (RF) energy and a disposable microneedle tip. The protocol is able to treat acne scars, wrinkles, and more. Vivace needles form microscopic microchannels in your skin while RF delivers heat, encouraging collagen production and skin tightening. Vivace can be used on any skin color.
Microneedling resurfaces the skin by puncturing and disturbing acne scars with needles. The resulting mechanical damage triggers growth factors that encourage the influx of collagen, smoothing and softening the skin as well as improving its texture. It is safe for all skin types and has a short recovery period.
A pathway to the underside of your scar will first be created with a needle (subcision), after which a dermal filler is injected into that space to fill the scars.
The dermal fillers used for treating acne scars include:
Platelet Rich Fibrin (PRF) uses the power of your own cells to stimulate healthy cell growth. Using natural growth factors, scar tissue caused by acne can be restored and rejuvenated. PRF involves taking some of your own blood and separating the different parts of your blood – including white blood cells and platelets. These cells are then injected into the scar tissue and surrounding areas to promote your own body to create new, healthy cells and tissue.
There are no additives given with PRF, just your own powerful cells being used to help your skin recover from acne damage. By using PRF together with Microneedling, laser procedures or soft tissue fillers, common issues related to acne scars like discoloration, uneven skin texture, and lost volume from depressed acne scars can be treated.
All protocols will require multiple sessions. Thankfully, these modalities require little, to no downtime.
Side effects of acne treatments with lasers and microneedling may include redness, swelling, and a feeling of sunburn, though these are normally temporary. Treatments with soft tissue fillers may cause local redness, swelling, and/or bruising.
Depending on the protocols used, you may begin to see results within days, weeks, or sometimes months. Meredith will explain in detail your aftercare and frequency of treatments.