Treatments to Remove Acne Scars in Clearwater, FL

Are dark spots, redness, and hyperpigmentation impacting your self-esteem? Do your acne scars and blemishes make it harder to maintain a positive self-image?

At Egozi Plastic Surgery Center, we offer specialized treatment plans to patients in the Tampa, Florida area. Our team is here to help you create a custom treatment plan that helps boost your confidence and improve the look and feel of your skin. Whether it’s back scars or scar laser treatments, we’re here to help.

Our acne scar treatments can help reduce the appearance of scarring and improve skin texture. The right treatment plan and aftercare can deliver long-lasting results and help you achieve a more youthful appearance.

What are Acne Scars & What are the Causes?

Acne scars are scars that are caused by inflamed acne blemishes, also known as pimples. Acne scars take two main forms: when irritation or picking of a blemish results in a loss of tissue, an indented scar occurs; or, a raised scar – also known as a keloid scar – grows on the skin’s surface, as a result of excess collagen production during your body’s healing process. Acne scars can occur anywhere on the body where blemishes occur, but acne scarring of the face is most common, and also most commonly results in self-consciousness and lowered self-esteem.

Different Types of Acne Scars Explained

There are two different types of acne scars: atrophic scars, which are indented, and hypertrophic or keloid scars, which are raised. Here is how the different acne scars differ:

  • Atrophic acne scars come in three different forms: ice pick scars, rolling scars, and boxcar scars. Icepick scars, most commonly found on the forehead and cheeks, look like the tool after which they are named: they are wider at the top and narrow to a point deeper within the skin. 
  • Rolling scars have sloping edges, causing the skin to have an uneven appearance. They are usually found on the jaw and lower cheeks. 
  • Boxcar scars, often found on the lower cheeks and jaw, are indents with sharp edges that extend deep into the skin.
  • Keloid and hypertrophic scars are raised from the skin and are most commonly found on the jawline, chest, shoulders and back. This type of scarring can sometimes be itchy or painful.

Each of these different types of acne scars requires a different treatment plan. During your consultation with Eric Egozi, MD, he will examine your current acne scars and provide expert recommendations based on the different types of acne scars you have.

What are the Best Treatment Options for Acne Scars

If your acne scars cause self-consciousness, lowered self-esteem and anxiety about the way others may perceive your appearance, there are a number of non-surgical cosmetic options offered at Egozi Plastic Surgery that can help diminish or eliminate them.

Soft Tissue Fillers

Injectable soft tissue fillers are an excellent way to diminish the appearance of acne scars. The type of injectable you choose will depend on the type of acne scarring you have, as well as the severity of your scarring.

Juvederm and Restylane are hyaluronic acid fillers that are used to create volume on the face. By improving the skin’s overall volume, Juvederm and Restylane can help to minimize the appearance of the more shallow types of acne scarring (boxcar and rolling scars). These types of fillers can be used on deeper icepick scars, but they may not be as effective.

Radiesse, another type of filler, is made of calcium-based microspheres. Like Juvederm and Restylane, Radiesse also adds fullness to depressed areas of the face, including areas where acne scarring has occurred. It may be more suitable for deeper acne scars and is highly effective on shallow scarring.

Sculptra is a filler made of poly-L-lactic acid. It is used to stimulate collagen production, which can minimize the appearance of acne scars.

Dermal fillers for acne scars are an affordable way to minimize the appearance of acne scarring, with results that are almost immediately visible and no downtime. However, you will require multiple follow-up appointments to maintain the results of your injectable soft tissue fillers.

Laser Resurfacing

Laser resurfacing, a type of treatment that uses a laser to minimize or eliminate skin imperfections, is also a suitable approach, especially for those with keloid scarring. This acne treatment removes the outermost layer of skin and stimulates the production of new collagen. Which can improve the appearance and smoothness of the skin. Some redness and irritation are possible following a laser resurfacing procedure.

Chemical Peel

Chemical peels for acne use chemical solutions to gently remove the outermost layer of the dermis (the skin) and to stimulate collagen production, can help minimize acne scarring by encouraging the production of new, scar-free skin tissue.

Skin Needling

Skin needling acne scars is a non-surgical procedure that uses small needles to create tiny holes in the skin. Like chemical peels, skin needling encourages the production of new collagen, which can help eliminate the appearance of scarred skin.

OnabotulinumtoxinA (Botox)

Botox is a popular type of skin filler that is most commonly used to temporarily diminish the appearance of wrinkles. Botox for acne works by relaxing the muscles below the skin, which results in a smoother, more even appearance overall, thus minimizing the appearance of acne scars.

Home Skincare & Topical Agents

It is important to have a home skincare regimen to help maintain the overall health of your skin. However, home skin care products and other acne scar treatment products are unlikely to offer the drastic, immediately visible results that cosmetic procedures will produce in reducing the appearance of your acne scars.

Some home skin care options to help reduce the appearance of acne scars include using a retinol product, which can help stimulate cell regeneration. Topical hyaluronic acid may improve your skin’s fullness. Using a moisturizer regularly, gently cleansing your skin, and avoiding physical exfoliants, which can cause microtearing and exacerbate acne scarring, can also help improve the overall appearance of your skin.

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    Acne Scar Treatments in Clearwater, FL

    The team at Egozi Plastic Surgery is here to help you develop a tailored acne scar treatment plan that aligns with your goals and needs. We help patients in Pinellas County, the Tampa Bay area, St. Petersburg, Largo, Dunedin, Pinellas Park, and Palm Harbor get access to affordable treatments that deliver long-lasting results. 

    Whether it’s a back acne scar treatment or a chemical peel, you can count on us to help you create a custom treatment plan that improves the look and feel of your skin while visibly reducing the appearance of acne. 

    Contact us today to learn more about the treatment plans for acne scars we have available in Tampa Bay or to set up a consultation with Eric Egozi, MD.

    Acne Scar Treatment FAQs

    What is the best treatment for acne scarring?

    Most acne scar treatments are very effective. The best type of treatment plan for you would depend on the type of acne scars you have. If you have hypertrophic scars, acne scar laser treatments may be the best choice. While a chemical peel for acne may be more suitable for atrophic acne scars.

    Can acne scars really go away?

    Non-surgical treatments can help visibly reduce the appearance of acne scars. While they may not entirely go away, it will make them less noticeable and help eliminate hyperpigmentation and redness associated with acne scars.

    How do you fade pimple marks?

    Some of the most popular treatments for pimple marks include chemical peels, skin needling, and Botox for acne. There are also some at-home acne scar treatment products you can consider as well.

    What is the best scar gel for acne?

    The best acne scar products are made with medical-grade silicone, vitamin E, and vitamin C. Gels and creams can be useful for helping to preserve the results of non-surgical treatments. However, using gels on their own won’t deliver the same results as microneedling or chemical peels.

    How do you get rid of dark spots from pimples?

    One of the best treatments for dark spots and hyperpigmentation is acne scar laser treatment. This treatment can help lighten or fade the darkness and minimize the appearance of scars.

    How do you get rid of pimple scars fast?

    The quickest way to minimize the appearance of pimple scars is soft tissue fillers, dermabrasion, skin needling, or laser resurfacing. During your consultation with Eric Egozi, he will walk you through the different treatment plans available and find the best treatment for your unique needs.

    Are pimple scars permanent?

    Yes, many pimples and acne scars are permanent. However, acne scar treatment can help significantly reduce the appearance and fade the acne scars. Many patients see a significant difference right away with the right treatment and aftercare.

    What fades acne scars?

    Some of the best ways to fade acne scars include dermal fillers for acne scars, retinoids, dermabrasion, and laser resurfacing.

    Can acne scars heal on their own?

    No, acne scars can not be healed on their own. The older you get and the more skin loses elasticity, you may even find that your acne scars get even more noticeable.

    Will insurance cover acne scar treatment?

    These are cosmetic treatments that aren’t always considered medically necessary. The cost may vary depending on the treatment you choose to go with. We recommend discussing the different costs with your plastic surgeon during the consultation.

    Are acne scar treatments permanent?

    The results may vary depending on the treatment you choose. For example, dermal fillers for acne scars may only provide results for six to twelve months. While acne scar laser treatment can last three to five years after a few sessions.

    What is the estimated cost of acne scar treatment?

    The cost will vary depending on the treatment and who you choose to go to for the treatment. Contact Egozi Plastic Surgery Center for an accurate cost.

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