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Acne Scar Treatment

The best treatment for acne scars is prevention (avoiding picking or squeezing spots) but saying that doesn't help those people who have the scars. And judging from the number of people who have this problem, it's a lot easier to preach about not picking or squeezing than it is to avoid it.

Fortunately for people suffering from acne scars, there are a number of treatments now available.

Dermabrasion uses machines with rotating diamond edge wheels for shallow scars. The machines scrape away damaged skin and allow new skin to grow in its place.

Punch replacement involves removing the deep scar and placing a skin graft over it.

Chemical peels are for mild scarring and involve placing a layer of a chemical solution over the skin. When removed, the top layer of skin comes off with the chemicals, revealing a new fresh layer.

Dermal fillers can help deeper acne scars. In this treatment, collagen or fat is injected around the scar to level out the surface.

Subcision is where scar tissue is broken up beneath the skin layer forming a blood clot, which helps the tissue connect beneath the scar and levels out the scar.

Augmentation involves the injection of a material under the skin to bring the scar back up to surface level. A number of materials have been used. Collagen is probably the most common, but it will only last about six months. Other materials, such as the patient's own fat, are sometimes utilized.

A recently developed technique is laser treatment. Here, the laser penetrates the top layer and gets rid of damaged skin.

Of course, you will want to consult with your doctor before following any of these courses of action.

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