Acne scars happen to the best of us, and many spend a fortune on countless varieties of makeup to temporarily conceal any evidence left over from acne. Testing brands and purchasing various complexion products just to find out they aren’t a perfect match, sweat off, or even make acne scars look worse can be a costly process in the long run while still not solving the problem at hand.
There are better options to treat acne scars besides masking them with makeup. With today’s skincare technology, there are multiple treatment options to help diminish acne scars. Blush Beverly Hills offers an assortment of treatments to help you diminish your acne scars for smoother, healthier skin.
Let’s go over some acne scar treatment options and what you can expect before and after treatment.
Acne Scar Treatments: Before & After
There are many acne scar treatments available depending on your budget, level of scarring, and skin type.
Treatment options include:
● CO2 Laser Resurfacing
● Excel V Laser Therapy
● Morpheus Skin Treatment
● Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Facial Treatment
CO2 Laser Resurfacing
CO2 Laser Resurfacing is a simple, non-surgical procedure using a carbon-dioxide laser to remove damaged skin cells with quick, pulsating beams of light to encourage new, healthy skin growth.
Your practitioner will assess your skin’s condition and determine a plan for the total number of treatments catering to your needs, as well as go over your medical history prior to treatment to prevent the risk of potential side effects.
Your skin will be cleaned and prepped with a topical anesthetic to numb the area of application for about one hour prior to treatment. Next, your practitioner will systematically use the CO2 laser on the assigned area of application.
Before leaving, your practitioner will apply an ointment to prevent infection and promote healing. You’ll receive an aftercare kit including saline or vinegar-based facial cleanser which you will be instructed to use two to five times a day, depending various factors.
While this is an outpatient procedure, your skin will need about three to ten days to recover. Most side effects dissipate on their own; if side effects persist, follow-up treatment may be necessary.
You may experience skin peeling, redness, and oozing, though all of these side effects are self-limited. Ice packs may be used to reduce swelling and pain. To prevent infection, avoid gyms and crowded places to minimize contact with germs.
Excel V Laser Therapy
Excel V Laser therapy is a versatile, highly-customizable treatment using a high-power green laser to target hyper-pigmented skin which may reduce skin texture, among many other skin benefits. This non-surgical, low-risk procedure works well for the majority of skin tones and types.
Your practitioner will discuss your medical history and aesthetic goals to ensure safe and effective results. You may be asked to refrain from shaving or waxing, discontinue specific skincare products, and avoid certain medications prior to treatment to avoid the risk of complications.
Your practitioner will provide safety goggles for you to wear to protect your eyes during treatment which will take about 10 to 15 minutes. The overall treatment is painful, with some patients reporting a sensation much like being snapped with a rubber band. Before you leave your appointment, aftercare instructions recommended to you by your practitioner to reduce the risk of complications will be provided.
You may resume most activities after your procedure. It’s recommended to avoid direct sun exposure for the first two weeks; if you do go outside, wear sunscreen and cover the treated areas with clothing to reduce sun exposure. Mild side effects may include redness, swelling, and irritation a few days after your procedure but these should subside on their own. In rare cases, blistering, scarring, and infection may occur; promptly involve your practitioner upon first noticing any of these symptoms. On average, results begin to show within two to six weeks.
Morpheus Skin Treatment
Morpheus skin treatment stimulates the subdermal tissues of skin utilizing a combination of microneedling and radiofrequency technologies as a painless treatment for an assortment of skin issues, most notably to smooth acne scarring with a minimally invasive procedure and little aftercare.
While this treatment works on all skin types, your practitioner will assess your skin for sunburn or open wounds which will need to heal before treatment, or for skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema which will need to have symptoms under control; we suggest getting a dermatologist’s approval prior to treatment.
Treatment includes using the Morpheus device to create micro-wounds while radiofrequency energy stimulates your skin’s natural healing process, remodeling the surface of your skin. Morpheus treatments tend to take less than 30 minutes to complete.
Once initial redness and swelling subside, there should be a significant change in your skin’s appearance. In approximately 12 weeks, your body should produce fresh collagen and you will continue to see improvements for about six months post-treatment. You may continue daily activities post-procedure, but you will need to take precautions to minimize any risk of complications such as avoiding direct sunlight and abstaining from makeup for the first-week post-treatment. The majority of patients have minimal side effects if any, including; mild bruising, redness, and swelling post-treatment. However, these should clear up within a few days on their own, leaving you with an enhanced complexion.
Conclusion: What to Expect from Acne Scar Treatment
Acne is painful enough, and even when the blemishes heal, we often find the attempts to hide scarring take a toll on both our self-esteem and wallet. Successful acne scar treatment depends on choosing the right care for your particular type of scarring. It may take multiple treatments, depending on your case, to see significant results but most people experience less visible acne scars over time with multiple treatments. To determine which acne scar treatment is right for you and what to expect, it’s best to speak with a licensed professional. No matter what type of acne scarring you have, Blush Beverly Hills offers a variety of safe, painless, non-surgical, long-term solutions for different budgets and needs that will have your skin looking and feeling smooth again. Our licensed team is ready to consult with you and help determine the right treatment for you. Reach out to us today to schedule a consultation.