Facial scar treatment

Many sufferers of acne are relieved when they finally get rid of their acne, but sometimes that acne can leave damaging colored scars on your face. There are various types of treatments you can use – punch excision, subcision, and chemical peels to name just a few. Some require the aid of dermatologists while others may be a method you can use at home. They each have different benefits and repercussions, so carefully studying each different kind of treatment is important.

Many people have had parts of their body augmented with plastic surgery, but did you know you could augment your facial scars also? Augmentation of facial scars are usually the repair of choice for deeper scars on the face. What the dermatologist does is get fat or collagen and injects it into the scar area to lift it up and give it more volume. It is relatively easy to complete, however there is a hefty price tag associated with this type of treatment. Several hundred dollars per cubic centimeter is a large price to pay but what you get in return is entirely worth it to many people. If you want to explore this option, consult with your dermatologist.

Chemical peels are another option for facial scar treatment. This method is best used for treating smaller scars that aren’t very deep. What is done is an acid paste is applied to your whole face. What this acid paste does is burn and decompose the top few layers of skin. This makes room for newer layers of skin to be made and formed. While the top layers of skin are burned, so is the facial scar that is on top. Minor pain and burning sensations can be felt when the treatment is being processed. These chemical peels typically cost around $750.

Punch excision is another way you are able to get facial scars removed. In this type of scar removal, the scar is actually removed by removing the parts of skin that the scar is located on. The space in which the removed skin left is then stitched together to help heal on it’s own. Larger scars that are removed this way might have to be augmented to get it looking normal and healthy again. If you want to explore this option, consult your dermatologist.

Subcision is another option in removing facial scars. This is the best method in removing facial scars caused by acne. How this process works is an anesthetic is administered into the area(s) in which the treatments will take place, this will prevent any pain that you might have during the process, although the administering of the anesthetic itself might be painful. What is then done is a needle is inserted into the site of the facial scar parallel to the skin. The needle is then moved in and out and all around to break up fibers that are in the skin. Bruising will be apparent for up to a week after the treatment. It is a fairly simple way to get rid of facial scarring due to acne, however the costs of this treatment vary based on the treatment area and how many different treatments you will need. Very few scars will be removed in only one treatment.

Laser resurfacing is the last option for removing facial scars. It has the same effect as chemical peels, but the how much skin is burned off is more easily controlled. For removal of deeper layers, anesthetic may be required. This option is not ideal for removing deep scars, and prices can tend to be expensive for this kind of treatment. Proper care for your skin after this kind of treatment is required to ensure that the process works completely.

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