Acne Scar Treatment in San Mateo
Want to erase acne scar and boost confidence? Acne and the resulting acne scar is a common problem face by many. Acne inflammation causes not only pain and embarrassment. It also destroys normal skin tissue leading to fibrosis, scarring, and contracture of normal skin leading to shallow boxcar acne scars, and deep retractions are known as ice pick scars. There are various severity and depth of acne scars so it is important to seek treatment from an experienced medical facility that can provide safe and effective treatment. There are many different methods that claim to completely remove the sign of scars. But not all these methods are successful completely. Unless one is treated at the right depth, acne scars will not have significant improvement. From our experience in using Fraxel laser, Fractional Infrared Tissue Remodeling, Chemical peels, micro-needling, and growth factor injection, we have developed effective protocols to address acne scars for various severity and skin types.
Studies show that an estimated 85% of all adolescents have some form of acne and out of those about 30% experience psychological issues from acne. . Some studies have indicated long-term factors such as self-esteem and even salary can be negatively affected in adults who did not seek acne treatment. Don’t let your problem and acne or acne scars affect your goals in life, get acne scar treatment at MD Laser and Cosmetics today so you can live your life to the fullest.
What is Acne Scar? Who gets Acne Scar?
Acne vulgaris is a very common skin disorder of the pilosebaceous unit, an oil gland connected to hair follicles. Overstimulation of this gland leads to increased production of an oil called sebum. This oil is responsible for the lubrication and waterproofing of the skin and the hair. When the excess sebum production is trapped under the skin and becomes infected by bacteria, it becomes acne. When acne infection is uncontrolled, pressure and enzymatic reaction from bacteria will destroy normal skin tissue leading to scarring.
Acne affects both sexes equally and can affect almost anyone at different stages of life. Depending on your genetic predisposition and your lifestyle, acne scars can develop as early as six years old or may not appear until well after your 20’s. Some might even develop hormonal acne in their 40’s!
How does Acne Scar develop?
Acne development consists of four key elements:
- follicular epidermal hyperproliferation
- excess sebum production
- presence and activity of bacterium Propionibacterium acnes
- inflammation from acne bacteria leading to the destruction of normal tissues
- contracture of damaged tissues become fibrotic and permanent scarring
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I have deep scars, what do you recommend?
We recommend microneedle for deep ice pick scars because we can control the depth required to break up the scar bands. With very deep scars, we will use individual subcision to remove the scar fibrosis.
I am still breaking out. Can I be treated for the acne scar?
During your consultation, we will teach you how to control your active acne with a topical and oral regimen to quickly minimize new acne outbreaks. With our effective drug-free oral supplement to block DHT production, you will see and feel fewer new acne outbreaks in few days. Then we can use a topical regimen to reduce existing acne and prepping your face for acne scar treatment.
Do your offer Fraxel or Laser treatment for acne?
Yes, we offer fractional laser and Isolaz laser for acne treatment.
I have dark skin, am I a candidate for acne laser skin treatment?
To minimize the risk for post-inflammatory hyper-pigmentation, we recommend microneedle instead of Fraxel laser. Isolaz acne treatment can be used for all skin types to shut down production of oil.
What is the downtime for microneedle/Dermapen acne scar treatment?
Initial treatment for deep acne scars can experience redness and some bruising for up to one week. With subsequent treatment, your recovery time will be faster as you have more and more healthy and new skin.
What is the cost of treatment?
We charge $500-1,000 for microneedle treatment of face depending on area size. Generally $500 for both cheeks, $800 for cheeks/temple region, and $1,000 for the entire face.
How many treatments are needed?
The number of treatments will depend on the severity of the existing scar, skin condition, expectation, and age of the person. Mild scarring generally 1-3 treatments, moderate 2-4, and severe 3-5 treatments. Most will notice 15-20% improvement with each treatment. Because skin remodeling takes 6 months, you should notice continue skin improvement up to 6 months after the treatment.
How can I stop new acne quickly?
To stop new acne, one needs to quickly reduce facial oil production. We do so by using natural ingredients found in the MD® Nutri Hair supplement. Lilac ingredients will help you minimize skin oil production within few days so no more new acnes!
How do I reduce acne scarring?
You can minimize scar-causing inflammation with topical application of ice or skin products containing ingredients to minimize inflammation. MD Acne Scar Cream is formulated with acne-fighting benzoyl peroxide, sulfur, and resorcinol to quickly reduce redness. Best to apply at night and let dry before going to bed to avoid staining of pillows from BP. Sulfur is effective to reduce acne bacteria should be avoided if you are allergic to sulfur. Resorcinol is great for reducing redness and minimize acne scars.
What is MD Acne Peel?
We have been helping our patients to successfully combat acne for over 14 years with MD Acne Peel. Because acne affects different depths of the skin and each part of your skin has different thickness and sensitivity. A combination of different types of AHA and BHA acids of various concentrations will be applied sequentially to achieve optimal results. Lastly, several layers of Retin A will be applied and leave on for 8 hours so you will not only shed the week after treatment, your skin will continue to have a micro peel for several months to keep your skin fresh and free from acne. Your skin will be fresh, tighter, cleaner with fewer wrinkles, acne, brown age spots, and minimized pores.
How to lighten arm pit, nipples and other body areas?
With aging and hormonal changes, many will experience darkening of pigmentation on the neck, armpit, face, nipple, and other body areas. It is important to use effective products and treatments that are work fast yet are safe and gentle to the skin. For mild cases, we recommend using MD Ultimate Whte Pads because it is easy to use, hydroquinone-free, and works quickly. For recurrent melasma, we add MD White Factor supplement with glutathione to help support liver detoxify and reduce unwanted skin pigmentation. One will often notice brightening of skin after 1-2 months and less recurrence of melasma. For severe cases, we can implement individualized pigmentation treatment prescription-strength bleaching cream, laser and growth factor injection so you can have beautiful even skin cleaner tone.