McKinney, TX area residents ask, "How are pimple scars formed, and what is the best method of treatment for them?"

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, by mid-teens, nearly 40 percent of teenagers have acne or acne scarring. If you are suffering from acne, you can try to prevent scarring by seeking immediate dermatological treatment as well as avoiding popping, squeezing or picking at the pimples. Unfortunately, sometimes scarring still occurs. For patients who are suffering from the aftermath of teenage pimple breakouts, we offer several different options to reduce the appearance of acne scars.

Acne scars appear as part of the body's natural healing process. They can look different depending on the individual. Patients with darker skin may notice hyperpigmentation on the scars, while patients with light skin may notice redness. In addition to picking or squeezing, acne scars can be worsened by sun exposure and by not treating continued acne.

When it comes to acne scars, there is no "one-size-fits-all" approach to treatment. Various methods can work for different individuals. During your consultation, we will evaluate your scars and skin type, and determine what the best course of treatment is for you.

Some possible methods of treatment may include:
  • Laser resurfacing – These treatments utilize lasers on the outermost layer of skin. This allows the growth of new skin focally to fill in ice-pick, box-car, and some rolling scars.

  • Subsicion – treats rolling acne scars by separating the thick collagen bands that are "pulling in" the underside of the skin. This is a simple procedure with impressive results over a 3 month period. It can be done under local anesthesia in the office.

  • Chemical peels – can help with pigmentation and texture irregularity and supplement other acne scar treatments.

  • Fillers – In some cases, injectable fillers can be used to fill in areas left by deep indented scars. There is a downside to these treatments, as they need to be repeated two to three times per year to maintain results.
Acne can be frustrating to deal with but it doesn't have to leave its mark on you for life. One of the most important things you can do to prevent scarring is to treat acne in its earliest stages. If your outbreak does not respond to over-the-counter treatment, make an appointment with your dermatologist.

If you do suffer from scarring, have no fear. With our treatments, we can help reduce and eliminate your scarring. If you are in the McKinney, TX area and need to schedule an acne or acne scarring consultation, call us today.

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