Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Treatment of Acne scars

If acne scars affect you, your doctor will determine the specific dermatological procedure to reduce possible scars, based on the following things:

· Your age, general state of health and medical history.

· The severity of scars.

· Type of scars.

· Your tolerance to certain medicines, procedures or therapies.

· Your opinion or preference.

Acne is frequently a chronic condition, but although it is only suffered during the adolescence,it can leave scars for all life. Acne scars have the typical appearance of scars with form of hole or crater. Although the suitable treatment for acne can reduce appearance of scars, several dermatological procedures help that they be less noticeable, including the following ones:

· Dermabrasion
Dermabrasion can be used to reduce small scars, smaller irregularities in the surface of the skin, surgical scars and scars by mild acne. As its name suggests, it consists of eliminating the superior layers of the skin by means of an electrical apparatus that “scrapes” the skin. When the skin is cured, the surface has a fresher and smoother appearance.

· Chemical exfoliation
The chemical exfoliation is frequently used to treat the skin damaged by the sun, with irregular pigmentation and scars. It consists of eliminating the superior layer of the skin by means of the application of a chemical agent. When retiring the superior layer, the skin regenerates; in general, the appearance of the skin improves.

· An injection of collagen
A type of collagen, that is derived from the bovine collagen (of the cow) purified, is injected under the skin to replace lot natural collagen of the body. The bovine collagen is used generally as a treatment against the face wrinkles, scars and lines.

· Reaffirmation with laser beams
In this treatment light of high energy is used to destroy the damaged skin burning it. It can be used to reduce the wrinkles and thin scars.

· Punch grafts
Punch grafts are small grafts of the normal skin, used to replace the skin with scars. Punch grafts are used in the treatment of deep acne scars.

· Autologous Fat transfer
In Autologous Fat transfer the originating fat of another part of the body is used to inject it in the skin. The fat is injected under the surface of the skin in order to elevate the scars. This method is used to correct the deep defects caused by the scars of the nodulocystic acne. Since the fat can be reabsorbed in the skin after some months, it is possible that it is necessary to repeat the procedure

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