Acne Scars Specialist

Los Gatos Dermatology

Cosmetic Dermatologists located in Los Gatos, CA

If you suffered from acne as a teen or young adult, the effects last long after the blemishes heal. When acne scars impact your appearance, don’t hide behind makeup. You can find a solution with Dr. Bruce Saal. Located in Los Gatos, California, Los Gatos Dermatology combines traditional approaches with innovative techniques to help reduce the appearance of your acne scars. If you currently have acne, the team can provide treatments to improve your complexion and reduce your risk of scarring. Call now to schedule your appointment or book online today.

Acne Scars Q & A

What causes acne scarring?

When you have acne, it causes your skin to become inflamed and can damage the surrounding skin and tissues. Once the blemish disappears, your body’s natural healing response releases collagen, but if it’s not the right amount, it can lead to scarring.

If you have too much collagen, you may end up with raised scars. If it’s too little, you may develop a depression scar, often called a pit scar.

Certain blemishes are more at risk for developing into scars, including those that are swollen, red, or painful and those that are long-lasting. If you pick or squeeze your blemishes, you can create more damage to the skin, causing scars.

How are acne scars treated?

Dr. Saal offers a range of treatment options for acne scarring, including:

  • Prescription medications
  • TheraClear™ Acne System
  • Thermage® through Comfort Pulse Technology™
  • CO2 skin resurfacing
  • Fractional laser treatment
  • JUVÉDERM® XC injectable
  • SilkPeel® Dermalinfusion

Where can you have acne scar reduction treatments?

Dr. Saal can perform acne scar reduction treatments throughout the body. The most common treatment areas include the:

  • Face
  • Neck
  • Back
  • Shoulders
  • Chest

How long does an acne scar treatment take?

If Dr. Saal is performing an in-office acne scar treatment, it typically takes around 30 minutes. Most treatments are noninvasive and require no downtime. Once your treatment session is over, you’re free to return to your regular daily activities.

Although they’re rare and minimal, some patients do experience side effects, including slight:

  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Discomfort

Side effects typically dissipate within 24 hours and are no worse in severity than a minor sunburn.

Although noticeable improvements are visible after your first treatment, Dr. Saal typically recommends multiple treatments to get the best results.

If you’re tired of being held back by the acne scars of your youth, contact Dr. Saal today. Schedule your appointment by calling the office and be one step closer to the smooth, scar-free skin you’ve always wanted.

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