Acne and acne scarring are two common reasons why patients in the Brooklyn, NY area seek treatment by a dermatological professional. Active acne can be embarrassing for men and women alike, and the acne marks left behind are often unsightly and a permanent reminder of the acne that may have already been treated. Dr. Tatiana Khrom and her team of professionals at Khrom Dermatology and Aesthetics provide a variety of options for patients who have acne scarring and are seeking effective removal.
Treatment for unsightly acne scars
Active acne is problematic enough for patients, but even after the condition has cleared, many times it leaves behind acne scars. Removal of these marks can be achieved in a few ways with the team at Khrom Dermatology and Aesthetics. But first, it is important for patients to understand what brings acne scars about. Acne scars are often a result of inflamed and infected lesions on the skin, including papules, pustules, and cysts that break deep within the follicle wall. This destroys the healthy skin tissue around the lesion, stimulating the skin’s natural healing process of developing new collagen fibers. Unfortunately, the healing process leaves behind a scar that is often noticeable on the skin and can take a very long time to heal — if ever. This can result in a variety of acne scars on the skin.
What types of acne scars may occur?
There are several types of acne scars that can develop, and each has its own appearance.
- Keloid (hypertrophic) scarring – this is a scar that is a raised area on the skin caused by the production of too much collagen.
- Atrophic (depressed) scarring – this is a scar that develops due to tissue loss, and the most common types of atrophic scars are boxcar scars, ice pick scars, as well as rolling scars.
- Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH) – while not a scar in the traditional sense, this is a discoloration of the skin that can be caused by acne and may eventually fade over time.
How can I prevent the chances of acne scars from developing?
There is no tried-and-true way to completely prevent acne scars from occurring, because the skin often heals in different ways when it is injured. However, there are some considerations to think about that may reduce the chance of developing scars due to acne blemishes.
- Treating acne – when acne is present, it can be treated with the help of a dermatological professional such as the team at Khrom Dermatology and Aesthetics. Our board-certified professionals can assess the type of acne present and provide effective treatment options for patients to choose from. Getting the condition under control will eliminate the acne present, therefore making acne scars a problem of the past!
- Reduction of inflammation – the acne that is most likely to leave behind acne scars are the large and inflamed breakouts. Inflammation can be combated to reduce the development of these types of scars. Patients should work with their dermatologist to find calming skin cleansers and topical solutions that may reduce redness and inflammation.
- Avoid picking at pimples – while the first instinct for many patients is to pop their pimples, it is best to avoid doing so. Picking and squeezing pimples can cause debris and infection to go deeper into the skin and result in an infection and more inflammation. Instead, it is best to leave pimples alone to avoid extending the time needed to heal and to reduce the chance of scabs forming on the skin. If scabs do develop, leave those alone as well, as this is the skin’s way of healing on its own.
See a dermatologist – if acne is getting in the way of your daily skin care routine or is becoming a genuine problem for you, it is best to see a dermatologist. Dr. Tatiana Khrom is a Board-certified dermatologist who can assess the skin, find a solution for patients, and help them address acne that can develop over time and leave scars on the skin. Working with a professional is the best course of action against acne that can leave behind acne scars.
Acne mark removal
When patients visit our practice to ask about the removal of acne scars, we often recommend different options.
- TCA cross (physician peel) – 70 to 100 percent TCA is applied to treat icepick scars.
- Subcision – The principle of this procedure is to break the fibrotic strands, which tether the scar to the underlying subcutaneous tissue. The depression is lifted by the releasing action of the procedure, as well as from connective tissue that forms during the course of normal wound healing
- Subcision combined with Sculptra – Sculptra will stimulate new collagen production.
- Laser acne scar removal – another option for our patients is laser removal with resurfacing services. Laser devices have been used in the medical field for many years and have been found to be a terrific way to stimulate new skin cells and promote healing with collagen and elastin production. This treatment is non-invasive yet effective at addressing large areas of scarring such as rolling scars. Patients can ask about this and dermal fillers as options for addressing acne scars. We use fractional ablative Co2 Laser and the non-ablative Icon Laser for scar treatment. In addition, we use Infini RF with insulated needles to improve atrophic scars in any skin type.
Ready to speak to a Board-certified dermatologist about your skin?
If you are struggling with active acne or acne scarring, our professionals are here to help you in achieving the skin you’ve always wanted! Dr. Tatiana Khrom and the team at Khrom Dermatology and Aesthetics believe in providing a wide selection of services under one roof for general and aesthetic solutions. We offer two convenient locations in the area of Brooklyn, NY, including our office at 2797 Ocean Parkway and our second location at 239 Court Street. We welcome patients to contact us at (855) 507-7282 to schedule their consultation appointment and find out more about the ways in which we can enhance their skin and help them to look and feel their best with comprehensive dermatological care! We are always accepting new patients, and we proudly accept a wide variety of medical insurance coverage plans.