Acne Scarring can be an incredibly difficult condition for both the patient to endure, and to find an effective treatment regimen. Dr. Chiu and the team at The Derm Institute are experts in acne scarring treatment for all skin types. Because different types of acne scars can occur in the same patient, an effective treatment plan has to be designed according to an individual’s specific type of scars. This is why Dr. Chiu designed her Acne Scarring 360° Program, which utilizes a comprehensive multi-dimensional approach to Acne Scarring.
Often a frustrating and difficult problem, we now have better technologies than ever for all skin types to treat depressed or pitted acne scars. Acne scars most commonly fall into three types: ice pick or pitted scars, boxcar scars, or rolling scars. Ice pick scars are narrow, less than 2mm wide, but deep, forming a V shape in the skin. Boxcar scars are punched out scars that can be round or linear with sharp edges. Rolling scars are depressed scars with gentle sloping edges that disappear when the skin is stretched.
The latest Fractional Ablative and Non-Ablative Lasers can resurface and re-stimulate the skin for a smoother, more even texture. Deep pitting can be treated by the TCA CROSS technique, where trichloroacetic acid is precisely used in a scar to promote re-healing and collagen synthesis in a pitted scar. Dr. Chiu is an expert at the TCA CROSS technique, where pitted scars or large pores can be improved by 70-90% over 3-4 treatments. Overall uneven texture and depressed acne scarring can be smoothed by utilizing collagen induction therapy with Microneedling, either in office or at home.
Hyperpigmentations or brown spots from acne is not true scarring because it usually improves with time, but we can help you speed up the process with Physician Grade Chemical Peels as well as specially blended prescription topical lightening creams. Redness and pigmentation from acne can be reduced with IPL Photofacials. Rolling scars or grooved acne scars can be treated with expert placement of a dermal filler, including the newly approved long lasting filler Bellafill. Depressed boxcar scars can be excised and repaired to even out the area. Subcision is an extremely effective way to treat multiple punched out scars. At The Derm Institute, Dr. Chiu will individualize a multifaceted Acne Scarring 360° approach using some or all of these techniques to restore radiance and confidence in your skin.