Leave the past behind with acne scar treatment in Centreville
An estimated eight of every ten youths develop acne in their teen years. In many cases, those outbreaks leave scars. With professional acne scar treatment in Centreville, you can leave the memory of pimples in the past. The team at Dermatology Associates of Northern Virginia is here to help.
Types of acne scars
While every patient’s skin is unique, there are four basic kinds of scars left by acne:
- Ice-pick– Deep pits with small diameter.
- Boxcar – Sometimes referred to as pockmarks, these angular scars may be shallow or deep and have defined vertical edges.
- Rolling – These wide and shallow scars are the result of damage below the surface of the skin.
- Hypertrophic – Raised lumps usually resulting from severe acne cysts.
Hyperpigmentation is not technically scarring, but it is red or dark discoloration that persists after a pimple heals.
Restoring your complexion
After an evaluation of your scarring and analysis of your skin, we design a customized plan to restore smooth texture and even tone.
Relatively new acne scars that are red and swollen respond well to topical treatments. Prescription cortisone cream reduces inflammation and professional strength skin lighteners fade discoloration.
Deep skin peels exfoliate the epidermis and revitalize the dermis, reducing shallow scars. Resurfacing with a fractionated laser evens the topography of the skin. Laser therapy stimulates production of collagen, which helps fill scars.
Depressed scars can be raised with dermal filler injections. In some cases, subcision (a needle technique) or a minor surgical procedure is performed first, to release underlying scar tissue.
These are just a few of the acne scar treatment options available at our Centreville office. That’s one of the benefits of care at a practice that provides both medical and aesthetic dermatologic care.
Call Dermatology Associates of Northern Virginia at (866) 808-3140 to schedule an appointment.