Many people—especially teenagers—might argue there's nothing worse than acne when it comes to skin issues affecting their appearance. However, temporary blemishes aren't the only problem this dermatological condition can cause. It can also result in long-term scarring. Fortunately, treatment is available.
Dr. Carmelo Plateroti and our skilled staff at Plateroti Dermatology in Templeton, California, take an integrative treatment approach to a wide variety of aesthetic and dermatological concerns for the best possible results. With over 30 years of collective experience, we use both Western medicine and proven holistic methods along with personalized care to help with everything from acne scars and the effects of aging to skin cancer and more.
Sometimes, no matter how often you clean your face or how complete your skincare routine is, acne can still mar your perfect complexion. It occurs most often on the face, back, and chest as a result of dead skin, oils, and bacteria clogging the skin's pores and causing inflammation.
It's easy to feel self-conscious with acne, but it is actually quite common. It strikes four out of five people between the “tweenage” years and age 30 with 20% of those individuals suffering from acne scarring as well. There are a number of kinds of blemishes, including whiteheads, blackheads, papules, pustules, and more.
Scarring results from the body's attempt at healing the acne and can vary in type and appearance. Depressed or atrophic scarring can include ice pick, rolling, and boxcar shapes. Keloid or hypertrophic scars, on the other hand, are caused by scar tissue that rises from the skin.
A number of treatment options are available to reduce the appearance of acne scars, including microneedling. This procedure works by using fine needles to prick the skin to stimulate the production of additional collagen. This, in turn, aids in smoothing the skin's appearance.
The procedure is minimally invasive, and people can return to their daily routine following treatment. It is also safe to use on darker skin tones as well as skin that is thin or sensitive. Adding treatment with Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) phototherapy can lead to even better results.
The first step toward clearer skin is an evaluation of the acne scars followed by the creation of a customized treatment plan. For the best outcome, multiple sessions may be needed. Improvement is often gradual over time.
If you're ready to say goodbye to your acne scars, click our request button, or call us at 805-434-2526 today to learn more about our treatment approach and whether it is right for you.