Acne forms when the pores on the skin get clogged with too much oil and sea skin cells causing inflammation and damaged skin tissue which can result in permanent acne scarring. While the bumps and depression have no serious health effects, they can cause emotional distress and damage ones self-esteem.
Microneedling is a minimally invasive procedure involving superficial and controlled puncturing of the skin by gliding a pen containing miniature needles. The micro-punctures creates micro-injuries that lead to minimal superficial bleeding and trigger a wound healing cascade with release of various growth factors which will result in new collagen formation and skin tightness. Microneedling works well for fine lines. In particular, it’s a very safe procedure in dark skin type due to low risk of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. The down time is minimal for microrneedling.
Pre- and Post treatment care: sun protection and avoidance, avoid any type of exfoliation or chemical peels, and use of gentle skin moisturizer and facial wash to keep the skin calm and hydrated.
Price: starts at $200 per treatment
Fractional laser is a device that delivers precise micro-beams of laser light to the lower layers of the skin creating deep narrow columns of tissue coagulation while leaving parts of the skin intact. Coagulated tissue in the treated area will stimulate a natural healing process that result in growth of healthy new tissue containing collagen and elastin. The procedure can be used on the face, neck, chest, arms, and hands. There is minimal discomfort and 1-2 days of downtime with the treatment . The results are long lasting but a series of treatments may be required to achieve the desired results. Fractional laser treatments are effective for fine lines.
Pre- and Post treatment care: sun protection and avoidance, avoid any type of exfoliation or chemical peels. Use a gentle skin moisturizer and facial wash to keep the skin calm and hydrated.
Price: starts at $400 per treatment
Subcision is a procedure where a small bore needle is attached to a syringe and introduced parallel into the deep scars and is moved back and forth beneath the skin to release the fibrous attachments that are tethering the skin down and causing the skin indentations. The resulting micro-injury to the connective tissue stimulates the formation of new collagen which will fill the depressed scars. Subcicion is recommended for moderate to severe scars and is generally used in combination with other resurfacing treatments.
Pre- and post treatment: hold off on any Motrin/Ibuprofen/ Advil/NSAIDs
Price: starts at $30 per treamtment