Acne, at any age, is frustrating; however, the feelings can continue long after the acne is gone with the scars it can leave behind. There are many different ways to reduce acne scarring like dermabrasion, laser resurfacing and some chemical peels. According to a recent article published by the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, Botox® is the newest method for reducing acne scarring.
According to the article, Botox® works to reduce the appearance of acne scarring in the same way it works to reduce the appearance of wrinkles: relaxing the muscles that pull on the skin and create pitted, acne scars. Just like Botox® cannot fill in wrinkles, it also cannot fill in deep acne scars. Botox® has a direct effect on fibrosis (scar tissue), inhibiting its formation and making it less fibrous, which softens the acne scars. However, acne scar surgery is occasionally combined with facial fillers, like Sculptra®, Juvéderm® and Restylane® to address these deeper scars. Reducing the appearance of scars and wrinkles are only a few of Botox®’s many uses. In fact, while some of these new uses for Botox® are not yet proven, Botox® is used to treat hair loss, migraines, excessive sweating, and even depression.
For those patients who are still experiencing active acne breakouts, we offer various acne treatment methods, including IsoLaz™. Laser light kills the acne bacteria while the suctioning power cleans the skin’s surface, helping acne disappear. Exfoliation, with treatments like chemical peels and microdermabrasion, also effectively unclogs pores and reduces acne. Benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, and some birth control pills can successfully control milder forms of acne. However, antibiotics, retinoids, or compounds may be prescribed to treat active breakouts depending on the acne’s severity. A mild diuretic, called Aldactone, may be used for older patients with persistent acne who experience bad breakouts around menstruation. This oral medication works by exerting a mild antiandrogen effect and sometimes greatly benefits female patients, allowing them to discontinue antibiotics.
Schedule a consultation to find out which treatment will clear up your acne best. Or, if you’re more worried about signs of aging showing up on your face, we can suggest a treatment plan for your facial rejuvenation needs. Visit our website to learn more about our services and specials. You can also join us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest skin care news.