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I’m Embarrassed About My Acne Scars. What Are My Options?

I’m Embarrassed About My Acne Scars. What Are My Options?

Do acne scars make you feel self-conscious every time you look in the mirror? It's a common problem, even for people who’ve successfully controlled their acne. 

The visible reminders of past outbreaks can affect more than just your skin — they can erode your confidence, too. Fortunately, thanks to effective therapies, you don't have to live with these scars forever.

The experienced providers at Carl N. Williams, Jr. M.D. Hand and Plastic Surgery in Las Vegas, Nevada, understands the emotional and physical impact of acne scars. We're here to provide you with the most effective treatments available today.

Whether your scars are severe or mild, you can have a smoother complexion and boost your self-esteem by learning about your options.

Advanced treatments for acne scars

Acne scars can vary widely in their appearance and the effect they have on your skin's texture. That’s why personalized treatment plans are key to achieving the best results. We offer tailored treatment recommendations based on the types of scars you have, your overall skin condition, and your goals. 

Radiofrequency microneedling

Radiofrequency (RF) microneedling is a powerhouse treatment that combines the collagen-boosting benefits of RF energy and traditional microneedling. Microneedling uses tiny needles to create micro-injuries in the skin to stimulate natural healing, while RF energy directly enters the scar tissue, breaking it down and promoting the regeneration of healthy skin cells. 

This combination not only reduces the appearance of acne scars but also enhances skin texture and firmness. At Carl N. Williams, Jr., M.D. Hand and Plastic Surgery, we use FDA-cleared systems like Scarlet® RF and Agnes® RF to ensure safe, effective, and precise scar treatments tailored to your skin. 

Laser resurfacing

Laser resurfacing offers another effective way to achieve smoother skin. Our practice uses the Fraxel® laser, which targets damage with microscopic laser columns that penetrate deep into your skin to speed up your body’s remodeling of collagen fibers. 

The new collagen fibers are tighter and stronger, improving the appearance and texture of your skin. This therapy is especially beneficial for treating a range of scar severities, and it has minimal downtime.

At-home therapies for acne scars

While professional treatments are key to significantly reducing scars, managing your skin at home is also crucial. Here are a few tips to keep in mind.

Sun protection

Protecting your skin from the sun is critical, as UV exposure can darken acne scars and interrupt your skin’s healing process. Always wear broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.

Gentle skincare

Choose nonabrasive cleansers and apply gentle, noncomedogenic moisturizers that don't block pores. These products help maintain the skin's healing process without aggravating existing scars. 

Topical treatments

Different over-the-counter (OTC) treatments can help improve acne scars. For example, products containing ingredients like retinol, vitamin C, or hyaluronic acid support skin repair by boosting cell turnover and help scars fade. 

Other OTC therapies include products with lactic acid, alpha hydroxy acids, salicylic acid, and silicone. Ask your provider for help choosing the right products for your skin type.

By adding these simple at-home care steps to your routine, you can support your skin’s recovery and complement our in-office treatments by keeping your skin healthy and prepared for procedures.

If you’re embarrassed about your acne scars, you have options. Schedule an appointment online or over the phone with a provider at Carl N. Williams, Jr. M.D. Hand and Plastic Surgery in Las Vegas today.

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