Scars Don't Have to Mark You for Life: Diminish Them with ICON® Laser Treatments

We often see acne as a teenage problem, but did you know that the National Institutes of Health says about 80 percent of people between 11 and 30 deal with this problem? While for many, it may go away in their 30s, it can also affect you in your 40s and beyond. So if your acne gets bad enough to cause scarring — no matter how old you are — you will need to figure out how to treat it. 

ICON® laser treatments are a safe and effective way to treat acne and other types of scarring. Dr. Kerry Willis and the experienced staff at Open Water Medical (located in four locations in North Carolina) can give you the quality treatment you need to help diminish your scars. Here’s a quick look at how acne scarring comes about, and what you can expect from ICON® laser treatments.

How Acne Scarring Happens

Acne itself starts with an inflammation of the skin glands and hair follicles. This causes pimples, cysts, whiteheads, blackheads, zits, and other skin lesions. Sometimes, if the lesions are infected enough, it causes deeper damage in the surrounding skin, resulting in scarring. While neither acne or acne scarring cause serious health issues, they do affect how people see themselves and can badly affect self-esteem.

How Laser Treatment Can Help

As scars can differ in severity between patients, it’s necessary to form a plan of action based on your individual needs and state of health. You may be given medications beforehand to help prevent other skin problems such as cold sores. You also may be asked to refrain from smoking and taking any medications that affect blood clotting, such as ibuprofen and aspirin.

Once that’s done, ICON laser treatments use intense light pulses to remove the damaged skin, also referred to as laser peeling. This also stimulates skin underneath to form collagen and promote new skin cell growth. The collagen growth helps with healing the skin evenly and smoothly which reduces and in many cases eliminates the appearance of scars. Depending on the severity of the scarring, repeated treatments may be necessary.

What to Expect After

Once the procedure is finished, the treated areas have ointments and dressing applied to it and will be bandaged. In addition, you can expect:

Complete healing will take several weeks. It’s advised to moisturize the skin regularly and avoid oily makeup for a few months. You should also avoid direct sun exposure to the treated skin to avoid discoloration. Multiple treatments may be necessary for best results depending on scar severity and doctor recommendations.

So if you have acne scars and have had no luck in treating them, call or make an online appointment at one of our offices today to see how Dr. Willis and Open Water medical can help you.

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