Acne scars occur as a result of acne blemishes. While scarring can happen even with the best care, it’s most likely when people squeeze or pick at blemishes in an attempt to get rid of them faster.
Typical acne scars can fall into two categories:
Atrophic (Depressed) Scars
These acne scars usually appear on the face. They are depressed, meaning sunken below the surface of the skin, and can appear as rounded or deep and narrow. They form when not enough collagen develops under the damaged skin.
Hypertrophic (Raised) Scars
More common on the back and other areas of the body, these scars rise above the skin surface and occur when an excess of collagen arrives to repair the area. Because body acne can result in significant blemishes, these scars may be very visible.
Both types of scarring respond to resurfacing treatment, so at Albuquerque Vein & Laser Institute, we use the Opus™ Plasma, a resurfacing tool with a proven track record of fading or removing acne scars.