How Laser Resurfacing Can Eliminate Acne Scars

We tend to think of acne as a curse on the typical teenager, causing self-consciousness and contributing to teen angst, especially when it hits full force — on prom night, of course. But the truth is that acne can plague anyone, at nearly any age, once puberty hits. And acne can leave behind scars and discoloration, no matter the severity of your breakouts, long after the prom is over.

Laser resurfacing can eliminate acne scarring and give you smooth, supple skin. At her Southern California offices in Fullerton, Los Angeles, and Newport Beach, Dr. Jennifer Armstrong uses the latest in laser technology to perform noninvasive resurfacing treatments that eliminate acne scars and restore a smooth, youthful appearance to your skin.

As we age, our skin loses elasticity. That’s what causes those middle age jowls, sagging beneath the chin, and lines and wrinkles. The loss of elasticity, in the form of collagen and elastin, also causes the skin to become loose, resulting in a more prominent appearance of those dastardly acne scars.

Fillers, chemical peels, and microneedling can do much to get rid of many of the signs of aging in your skin. However, the only sure way to permanently rid yourself of the scars caused by acne is through laser resurfacing.

The causes of acne scarring

Just like anywhere else on your body, acne scars are the result of damage or trauma to the dermis, the thickest part of your skin, just below the epidermis. As part of your body’s attempt to heal the damage, it rebuilds the tissue as the wound heals. The new collagen fibers that mend the wounded tissue have a different quality in feel and appearance due to the nature of the body’s healing process.

Although you were likely told that “popping” your pimples would lead to scarring, that’s not always the case. Most acne scars are caused by cystic lesions, those painful under-the-skin pimples. It seems to take forever for these lumpy cystic pimples to come to the surface, if they ever do.

Meanwhile, the inflammation is trapped in the dermis, causing trauma to the skin. White blood cells try to combat the inflammation as collagen and elastin go about rebuilding the tissue. The collagen and elastin often get destroyed in the healing process, resulting in acne scars.

Types of acne scars

Acne scars fall into a couple of categories:

Hypertrophic

Hypertrophic scars develop when too much collagen reaches the wound, causing excess tissue and a raised scar.

Atrophic

These scars are commonly seen as “pitting” or “craters.” Atrophic acne scars are due to a loss of tissue in the healing process. This creates the indentations and ice-pick scars commonly associated with acne.

While there are many treatments for your acne scars, none are as effective as laser resurfacing, nor are the results as long-lasting. Only laser resurfacing effectively smooths your skin, generates healthy tissue, and restores a youthful appearance while erasing your scars.

How laser resurfacing eliminates acne scars

Using lasers, Dr. Armstrong can control the damage to the specific areas, prompting the skin to rebuild itself with new tissue that is healthy and smooth. The heat from the laser causes just enough damage to the skin for collagen and elastin to come to your rescue. They go about their task of making new tissue that’s scar-free.

Laser resurfacing diminishes the depressions of atrophic acne scars, and reduces the appearance of raised scars. The typical course of treatment lasts about six months, but the results are maintained — with proper care — for far longer.

Say goodbye to acne scars with laser resurfacing

Laser resurfacing lets you say so-long to those acne scars that have undermined your confidence for years, while the stimulation of collagen and elastin production boosts your appearance, making you look years younger.

Leave those reminders of acne in your yearbook and move toward a smooth, scar-free future. If you’re in Southern California, contact one of Dr. Armstrong’s offices in Fullerton, Newport Beach, or Los Angeles for a laser resurfacing consultation.

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