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Acne Scar Reduction Treatment

Milwaukee Laser & Body Aesthetics is the leading specialist in acne scar reduction and revision treatment in Wisconsin and the greater Milwaukee area. Our treatments promote a clear and radiant complexion while minimizing existing scarring. We take a comprehensive approach using several scar treatment techniques to target ice pick, rolling, boxcar and hypertrophic scarring caused by acne. Dr. Sabatino meets with every patient personally to discuss and formulate the most effective, personalized plan for treatment.

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Before & After Acne Scar Treatment

What are Acne Scars?

When acne develops, the skin's pores become clogged with excess oil, dead skin cells and bacteria, leading to inflammation. The body responds by sending white blood cells to the affected area to fight off the infection, resulting in the formation of pus and the destruction of healthy tissue. Acne scars are typically caused when the injured skin does not repair itself with the same building blocks (proteins) as normal, healthy skin. The scar can form as an indent in the skin (not enough protein) or it can protrude out from the skin (too much protein). Scars can be dark-colored (too much pigment in the scar tissue) or excessively red (too many blood vessels in the scar tissue).

These variations in protein production affect the way scars form and greatly impact the way they are treated. Each of these different types of scars responds best to certain, specific techniques or technologies. Because of this great diversity, it can be difficult to find a physician or office experienced enough to treat all scar types. Milwaukee Laser & Body Aesthetics is proud to specialize in the widest variety of advanced treatment methods in Wisconsin, allowing us to provide precise care plans for each individual, no matter the type of scar.

Factors Leading to Acne Scar Development

  • Inflammatory Acne Inflammatory acne, characterized by red, swollen, and pus-filled pimples (pustules) or cysts, is more likely to lead to scarring than non-inflammatory acne (whiteheads and blackheads).
  • Severity of Acne The more severe and prolonged the acne, the higher the likelihood of scarring. Nodular and cystic acne, in particular, are associated with a greater risk of scarring.
  • Picking or Squeezing Attempting to pop or squeeze acne lesions can worsen inflammation and damage the skin's deeper layers, increasing the likelihood of scarring.
  • Skin Type Individuals with certain skin types, such as those with darker skin tones, may be more prone to developing post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (dark spots) or keloid scars (raised, thickened scars) after acne.
  • Genetics Some individuals are genetically predisposed to scar formation. If you have a family history of acne scarring, you may be more prone to developing scars.
  • Age Younger individuals are generally more prone to scar formation because their skin has a more robust inflammatory response.
  • Delay in Treatment Delaying or inadequate treatment of acne can allow the condition to worsen, increasing the risk of scarring.

Types of Acne Scars

Ice Pick Scars Deep, narrow, pitted scars. Best treated by TCA CROSS. A surgical procedure called punch excision can also be performed, however, this leaves a surgical scar.

Rolling Scars Broad depressions with a sloping edge. Best treated with subcision. Rolling scars may also benefit from collagen induction (collagen building) with one of our many technologies such as radiofrequency microneedling or Halo.

Boxcar ScarsBroad depressions with sharply defined edges. Best treated with radiofrequency microneedling, laser resurfacing, TCA CROSS and subcision.

Purpose Penetrates multiple layers of skin, inducing an increase in collagen to smooth out the skin and heal acne scars
Appointment length 1 hour for numbing and 1 hour for treatment
Time between appointments 1 month
Downtime None
Payment plan eligible? Yes

What is Radiofrequency (RF) Microneedling?

Radiofrequency microneedling works by penetrating into various layers of the skin with tiny needles, which induce an increase in collagen production. RF energy is deposited below the surface of the skin, where it is needed most to help vitalize and regenerate the tissue. The excess collagen acts as a filler, smoothing out the skin around the scar and improving your overall appearance.

Purpose Increases collagen and reduces shadows cast over scar depressions
Appointment length Depends on number and size of scars
Time between appointments 4 to 8 weeks
Downtime None
Payment plan eligible? Yes

What is TCA CROSS?

TCA CROSS treatment deposits a small amount of TCA (trichloroacetic acid) at high concentrations onto the surface of the scar itself, causing a local inflammatory reaction and collagen stimulation. TCA will dissolve away scar tissues, allowing for new, healthy skin to grow in and replace it.

Purpose Treats valley scars, increasing the volume of the damaged skin
Appointment length Varies depending on the size of the scar
Time between appointments 4 weeks
Downtime None
Payment plan eligible? Yes

What is Subcision?

Subcision is a procedure in which local anesthesia is applied to specific areas of the skin, and a fine needle is used to release a scar from the underlying tissue. Deep scar tissue can create indentations in the skin, but subcision allows the skin to elevate, restoring its natural contour and reducing the visibility of the scar.

Purpose HALO operates using two distinct wavelengths, ablative and non-ablative, to target scars on multiple levels.
Appointment length 1 hour of numbing, 1 hour of treatment
Time between appointments Varies, but can be as little as 2 months
Downtime 3-5 days
Payment plan eligible? Yes

What is HALO® Laser Treatment?

HALO represents a cutting-edge laser treatment specially designed to address complex skin concerns, including scarring. Recognized as the world's premier tunable hybrid fractional laser, HALO sets itself apart by seamlessly integrating non-ablative and ablative wavelengths in a single pass. This unique approach yields unparalleled results, revitalizing the tone and texture of your skin. Unlike earlier lasers that struggled with scarring, HALO stands out for its distinctive ability to harmonize deep dermal rejuvenation, stimulating collagen induction, with epidermal renewal. This dual action refines skin texture and eliminates discoloration simultaneously. HALO offers a personalized treatment experience, ensuring minimal downtime while achieving the desired results.

Purpose Reduce redness & excessive vascularity to damaged tissue - allowing skin to return to a normal hue
Appointment length 30 minutes
Time between appointments 4 weeks
Downtime None
Payment plan eligible? Yes

What is Broadband Light (BBL)?

Broadband Light (BBL) with the Sciton JOULE® uses light energy to damage the vessel walls of the excessive veins that create a red appearance in a scar. Once the wall becomes damaged, the body’s immune system will naturally break down the vessels until they no longer exist, thus returning the skin to its normal appearance.

Purpose Stimulates collagen growth at desired locations and depths to promote skin rejuvenation of acne scars
Appointment length 60 min
Time between appointments 6 months
Downtime 3-5 days
Payment plan eligible? Yes

Laser-Assisted Delivery of Sculptra®

The Laser-Assisted Delivery of Sculptra introduces a groundbreaking method for addressing acne scars, skillfully integrating cutting-edge laser technology with the transformative qualities of Sculptra. By precisely applying the laser, the skin is prepared to maximize the absorption of Sculptra, a filler known for stimulating collagen. This innovative pairing not only focuses on scarred regions but also encourages collagen synthesis, progressively replenishing volume and enhancing skin texture. The synergy between laser assistance and Sculptra amplifies the effectiveness of the treatment, providing a holistic solution for individuals in pursuit of extensive acne scar reduction and skin revitalization.

Purpose Stimulates collagen production for long-term results
Appointment length 1 hour
Time between appointments 4-6 months
Downtime None
Payment plan eligible? No

Bellafill® Treatment for Acne Scars

Offering a unique and enduring solution for acne scar treatment, Bellafill stands out as a reliable option to address various types of acne scars. This long-lasting dermal filler enhances volume in targeted scarred areas by stimulating collagen production, actively reducing the visible signs of acne scars and gradually improving skin texture over time. With its enduring efficacy, Bellafill is the go-to choice for individuals seeking a comprehensive solution to minimize the prominence of acne scars, resulting in smoother and more rejuvenated skin.

Purpose Targets textural issues, wrinkles, acne scars and other imperfections
Appointment length 30-60 minutes
Time between appointments 4-8 weeks
Downtime 2-3 Days
Payment plan eligible? Yes

What is Laser Resurfacing?

Profractional Sciton laser treatment delivers highly targeted laser energy into the skin, leaving a portion of the tissue intact. This is unlike other treatments which remove the entire surface area of the scar, requiring more downtime to heal. Profractional lasers eliminate unwanted color and stimulate the growth of new skin cells. They work great for treating acne scars that are uniform in depth.

Radiant Skin Starts Here

We invite you to take the first step towards renewed confidence and smoother skin by scheduling a complimentary consultation with Milwaukee Laser & Body Aesthetics, the premier destination for acne scar treatments in Southeastern Wisconsin. Our dedicated team of experts is committed to helping you achieve your skincare goals and regain a radiant complexion. With the largest selection of state-of-the-art technology and advanced treatment options, we tailor each approach to suit your unique needs. Whether you're dealing with stubborn acne scars or seeking a comprehensive solution, our personalized consultations will guide you toward the most effective and transformative treatments. Don't miss this opportunity to explore the possibilities and embark on a journey toward clearer, more radiant skin. Schedule your free consultation with Dr. Sabatino today, and let us help you unveil a more confident you.

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