Acne and Acne Scar Treatment

Acne & Acne Scars Can Continue Throughout Adulthood

While most people will “outgrow” acne, many will have acne continue into adulthood and can be a lifelong problem. When scarring occurs, especially acne scars on the face, it can be quite noticeable. How to get rid of acne scars depends on many factors. What will help with your acne scars or your acne? Between laser skin treatment, Microneedle-Radiofrequency, fillers, Platelet-Rich Fibrin Matrix and PRP, and liposuction-fat grafting, Dr. Paul Carniol and Dr. Eric Carniol would love to help you pick the treatment best for your skin.

Acne Scar Treatments

Acne scars can be treated with many different methods depending on how severe they are, the number, and the locations. While we would love for complete acne scar removal, the real goal of the best acne scar treatment is dramatic improvement.

Laser Treatment of Acne Scars & Skin Resurfacing

Using a laser on the skin can stimulate collagen and elastic fibers. This means that the skin can become tighter and the scars will shrink and become less deep. Acne scars on the face can be blended with the surrounding skin. This treatment is ideal for patients with a broad area of scarring and discolorations. We use a fractional CO2 laser to treat the scar areas as needed.

There is no pain with this procedure. After the fractional CO2 laser resurfacing, there may be a light sunburn appearance for 2 days. Depending on your preference, you can still attend work or school. The skin cells will be stimulated to start making more collagen. The Erbium laser can also be combined to get even better results! The effects are best seen in 3-6 months as it takes time for your body to grown new collagen and elastic fibers. 

Most patients receive a noticeable improvement after a single treatment. The facial acne scar laser treatment may be repeated in 6 months for even further improvements. This is the best solution for acne scars when a large area is an issue. Laser acne scar treatment is also called laser skin resurfacing. This can also improve signs of facial aging, dark spots, and can provide benefits of a nonsurgical facelift.

Microneedle-Radiofrequency

Microneedle RF is a relatively new treatment for acne scars and skin tightening. By using microneedle technology, radiofrequency energy is applied to the skin. This is the best treatment for acne scars most frequently over the cheeks, but can be used in other areas. Patients are able to return to work the next day with minimal swelling. Typically, patients do 3 treatments 6 weeks apart for best results. Microneedle-Radiofrequency can work for stretch marks on the belly from pregnancy or loose arm skin after weight loss.

Platelet-Rich Fibrin Matrix (PRFM)/Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)

Using the body’s own growth factors, individual scars can be further improved. By drawing a small amount of blood from your arm and extracting the growth factors, the Drs. Carniol are able to then use your own body’s platelet rich plasma to heal the scars. This treatment can be performed along with laser acne scar treatment and with microneedle-radiofrequency treatment. This treatment can also be performed alone. Treatments are targeted to the specific scars and can be repeated every 6 weeks as needed. PRFM is also used for patients with hair loss for treatments in the scalp.

Subcision with Filler or Fat

Some acne scars are so “tethered” down to the deeper tissue that they can be difficult to elevate. After numbing the skin, a tiny needle is used to separate the scar from the deeper tissue. This will immediately allow the atrophic scarring to elevate. To prevent the scar from tethering again, facial filler can be used. Depending on the location, fillers such as Juvederm, Restylane, or Versa may be used. Fat removed the belly or thighs (liposuction) can also be performed in the office and those fat cells can transferred to improve the acne scars. Individual scars are treated in a particular session. This is a great acne scar treatment for the most severe acne scars.

Tired of your acne scars? Want to know what is the best treatment for acne scars for you? Want to see more acne scar treatment before and after pictures?

Call our office to see Dr. Paul Carniol and Dr. Eric Carniol.

For patients in the Summit, Chatham, Westfield, Cranford, Springfield, Warren, Watchung, Livingston, Millburn, Short Hills area, we are a short drive away in the Medical Arts Building attached to Overlook Hospital.

Acne Scars

This wonderful lady had deep acne scars. In order to optimize the improvement of her scars she had a combination of fractional laser, laser resurfacing and fillers. The fractional laser was used to tighten and shrink the scars. An Erbium laser was used to smooth the surface of the scars. Fillers were used to reduce the depth of the scars. With this she had a dramatic improvement in the appearance of her scars. Since every acne scar is different, treatment of acne scars should be custom designed to maximize the improvement.

How to treat active acne:

Laser Acne Treatment

So many patients are tired of the daily regimen of acne skin care in New Jersey! Reduction in acne breakouts and severity is attainable through laser treatment. Using specific lasers, the bacteria that cause acne can be targeted as well as those pesky clogged glands. This is a painless procedure done right in the office. There is no downtime and you can return to work or school the same day. Effects typically take 2 weeks to set in. Treatments can be repeated every 4-6 weeks as needed.

Before – This young woman has severe acne that did not respond to years of treatment with medications. After – Laser treatments performed in our office with no downtime gave her a significant improvement in her skin.

Microdermabrasion

For active acne, a deep cleanse of the skin is often helpful. Microdermabrasion gently sucks away dead skin cells and smooths the skin. The microdermabrasion is done by our excellent staff and is a great soothing experience. Treatments can be repeated every month. This can be performed with dermaplaning to remove that peach fuzz hair or with chemical peel to get even deeper exfoliation, the ultimate facial spa experience!

Tired of your acne?

Call our office to see Dr. Paul Carniol and Dr. Eric Carniol, and see how your acne can be improved.

For patients in the Summit, Chatham, Westfield, Cranford, Springfield, Warren, Watchung, Livingston, Millburn, Short Hills area, we are a short drive away in the Medical Arts Building attached to Overlook Hospital.

Plastic surgery for acne scars and acne is an excellent option for many patients. We would be happy to see you and discuss your options. Between laser surgery for acne scars, fillers, platelet-rich fibrin matrix and PRP, microneedle-radiofrequency (such as SecretRF and Morpheus8), and liposuction-fat grafting, Dr. Paul Carniol and Dr. Eric Carniol would love to help you pick the treatment best for your skin.

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