Micro-dermabrasion is the process of removing a very thin layer of skin from the affected area. This used to be a process preformed by a plastic surgeon, which used special tools and equipment. Nowadays this procedure can actually be done at home by using a kit, which you can buy at almost any pharmacy. It should be noted that while this is intended for the treatment of scars, and it will be adequate for most light scarring, severe cases of acne scarring will likely require much more, which brings us the next treatment; dermabrasion.
Dermabrasion, unlike micro-dermabrasion, is a serious medical procedure, intended for deep acne scarring. This procedure is performed by a doctor with the use of special tools, anesthesia, and ice or a cryogenic spray. The procedure is done of one small area at a time and it involves the use of a diamond wheeled tool, which removes the outer layer of skin. Unlike micro-derm, dermabrasion removes a rather large amount of skin, so much in fact that a local anesthetic is used in combination with ice or a cryogenic spray, which freezes the outer layer of skin. During the procedure the skin will often bleed, which is stopped with gauze. The healing for dermabrasion is generally ten to twelve weeks.
Laser resurfacing is another option for treating acne scars. This process involves the use of a laser, which vaporizes a thin layer of skin; this exposes the 'new' skin underneath. Like dermabrasion, this process is also very painful; because of this the patient is usually given a local anesthetic for small areas and a general anesthetic for larger areas, such as the entire face. There really is not set time for healing with this procedure, how long the healing process takes depends on how deep your scars are and how large of an area is treated.
Chemical peels are another option you may consider if you are wondering how to get rid of acne scars. The basic process here is that you have a chemical applied the areas where you have acne scars and over the course of ten to fourteen days the skin peels off. This exposes causes 'new' skin to grow back in its place. There are three different types of chemical peels: Superficial peels, which are the mildest type of chemical peel, this is indented for very light scaring. Medium peels are the next step up, and they are meant for more severe cases of acne scarring. This peel literally causes second degree burns to the area in which it is applied; because of this the healing time is usually longer. Deep chemical peels are the last type, and they are only recommended for the most extreme cases of acne scarring. This is because they have the tendency to actually bleach skin, especially in people with darker complexions
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