Acne scarring and treatment options

There are many conditions that can affect the skin during one’s lifetime, and working with the team at Magnolia Dermatology in Clarksville, TN, is the first step in learning more. Our board-certified dermatologist can evaluate your skin, talk to you about the types of scars present, and discuss acne scar removal and treatment options that are readily available at her office.

What is acne scarring?

Dr. Neelam Patel describes acne scarring as a common skin condition that occurs when the body tries to heal acne lesions. Acne scarring can take many forms, including icepick, boxcar, and rolling scars. They are most commonly seen in those with severe or persistent acne during their teenage years. However, acne can also occur in adults with hormonal imbalances or chronic stress, making this not just a skin condition affecting teenagers and youth. Many patients with acne scars want to smooth their skin and improve its appearance after the acne has been treated.

What can be done about acne scars?

If you seek acne scar removal or treatment options to improve skin texture and tone, we invite you to talk to our dermatologist about first treating active acne and then improving the skin’s health and appearance afterward. There are many ways we might improve acne scarring for our patients. They include:

  • Topical treatments, including retinoids and alpha hydroxy acids to, help exfoliate the skin and promote natural skin cell turnover. These can help reduce the overall appearance of fine lines, texture irregularities, and shallow scars.
  • Chemical peels that use a solution to remove damaged layers of skin, revealing smoother and more even-toned skin underneath.
  • Microneedling is a unique procedure that uses extremely tiny needles to create controlled micro-injuries in your skin. This stimulates your body’s natural healing process and can improve the appearance of acne scars.
  • Laser treatments use focused light energy to target specific areas of your face and body and stimulate collagen production. This can help reduce the appearance of scarring and improve overall skin texture.
  • Dermal fillers are strategically injected into the skin to fill in depressed scars and give a smoother appearance. These can provide temporary results but may need to be repeated periodically.
  • Surgical procedures such as punch excision or subcision involve physically removing or breaking up scar tissue to improve the appearance of acne scarring.

Request time to speak to our dermatologist about your skin care needs

When you visit with Dr. Neelam Patel and her team about your acne scarring condition, she will evaluate your skin and give you a definitive and proper diagnosis of the type of acne scars present and what treatment might be best for you! Call (931) 551-2929 to request an appointment at the office located at 276 Warfield Boulevard, serving those in the surrounding areas of Nashville, Springfield, Pleasant View, Fort Campbell, and Clarksville, TN.