Unless you’re Harry Potter himself, the last thing you want is a giant scar on your face— especially if it was caused by acne. However, depending on the type of skin you have, the color, and how severe your acne was as a teenager, you may have more acne scars than you care to admit. Luckily, the skincare professionals at Twin City Plastic Surgery can help you deal with your scars. Read on to learn more.
Avoid the Sun
Laying out in the sun with friends might sound like your idea of catching some rest and relaxation, but it is your skin’s nightmare. Not only is sun damage the leading cause of premature fine lines and wrinkles, but it can also wreak havoc on your acne scars— making them darker and more noticeable. If you have to spend time out in the sun or if you just can’t miss a beach day, make sure to wear a large brimmed hat and sunscreen.
There are two types of people: pickers and non-pickers. If you are the kind of guy who picks at their skin and just can’t leave it alone, then you are only going to make your acne scars worse. The longer your scar is left alone, the more likely it is to fade on its own. However, if you’re always picking at it, you are probably just making it worse.
Micro-needling, one of Twin City Plastic Surgery’s newest services provided, also known as Percutaneous Collagen Induction Therapy (PCIT), is a therapy that has been around since the early 1950’s. The therapy has recently received more attention because the equipment for performing it has been improved and perfected. The concept is simple: a specialized “pen”, containing a dozen or more very tiny needles, is expertly glided across the skin by a trained technician to create thousands of microscopic channels or “injuries”. This triggers the body to release its own natural growth factors in response, specifically new collagen and elastin, in a way only the body can do, delivering the purest form of each internally, without additives or preservatives. The result is smoother, younger-looking skin.
These channels have the additional benefit of allowing the technician to “assist” the body in the delivery of its own natural growth factors. Treatment time becomes an optimal time to deliver specialized topical serums and creams to be absorbed more effectively into the skin for additional healing benefits. These products can be applied before, during, or after micro-needling treatment.
Possibly the greatest benefit of micro-needling over other treatments is that while the results of injectables are temporary and the treatment itself needs to be repeated to restore results, micro-needling is a therapy which actually helps the skin heal itself – permanently. Several micro-needling treatments are needed initially, generally spaced a month apart, but after that, the results are long lasting.
Getting rid of acne scars is possible by using the tips listed above. If you would like to learn more about how you can get a clearer looking complexion, contact Twin City Plastic Surgery today to schedule an appointment!