Conventional thinking might suggest you “wait” to see if your acne scars improve over time. But in reality, waiting means your scars will worsen over the years.
We starred #4 for an important reason. Today’s fractional laser and radio frequency treatments are successful because they create a collagen production response. This action is what smooths scars.
The younger you are when you treat scars, the more successful the outcomes will be and the more quickly you’ll get results.
It’s tempting to “wait” because young people don’t want to experience any downtime or have people ask what they’re doing to their skin. Plus, treating acne scars can feel expensive for young budgets. Unfortunately insurance doesn’t cover acne scar treatment – though we firmly think it should! Scars are as psychologically damaging as other major traumas. (Perhaps if there is a major demand from patients, insurance companies will start listening.)
But this is one case where waiting is costly in a real sense. Scars that are left alone become far more costly to treat later since the number of treatments required increase. Older skin needs much more stimulation to produce enough new collagen to smooth out scars. See dermatology colleague Dr. Day’s Allure article about early acne scar treatment.
Accumulated sun damage hampers the process even more since sun damage equals compromised DNA and increased susceptibility to over production of melanin. If you HAVE to wait because of budget constraints, at least find out what you can do in the meantime that puts the situation on a more positive trajectory.
Short answer: If your scars bother you at all, they are bad enough to treat.
Scars don’t “un-scar” by themselves.
There is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to smoothing acne scars. The right treatment for you will depend on several factors:
When it comes to your skin and your health, it really is all about what’s best for you. Total Dermatology understands this, which is why we offer versatile treatments with experienced and highly trained aesthetic professionals led by Dr. Nissan Pilest. Your Total Dermatology transformation awaits.