Acne Scar Consultation – What to Expect

Acne Scar Consultation – What to Expect

Many people who have acne are embarrassed by it, and feel as though it interferes with their social lives. When you have acne, the last thing you want is a permanent reminder of it with the scars that are left behind. Fortunately there are ways to treat acne scars that can give you a much clearer complexion. The first step to any treatment begins with an acne scar consultation. If you have never had one before, you may be wondering what to expect.

Starts With a Discussion

Typically, the initial consultation will be with your dermatologist, although you might start discussing scar treatment with your general practitioner. The consultation begins with a discussion about your acne and the residual scars. Your doctor will ask questions to learn your goals, as well as your history with acne, and previous acne treatment. Before your appointment, compile a list of the medications, skin products or other treatments you have used for both your acne and the scarring, as this will help your doctor plan further treatment. Do not be shy about your feelings about your acne scars, and be honest about what you have tried. The more information your doctor has, the better he or she will be able to help you. You will also need to answer questions about your general health.

Examination

The next step in the consultation will be a skin examination. Your doctor will look closely at the acne scars and any active acne lesions you may have to better understand your specific condition. The doctor may also take pictures that can help with monitoring the efficacy of treatment.

Discussing Treatment Options

Next, your doctor will talk with you about the available treatment options. If you still have acne, your doctor will work on treating the acne before starting scar treatment. Depending on the extent and type of scarring, the treatment may include a cream, microdermabrasion, dermabrasion, collagen-induction therapy, fillers, skin resurfacing using laser therapy, chemical peeling, or injections with corticosteroids or other medications. Your doctor will talk with you about the options best suited to your situation.

When you discuss treatment options, be sure to ask questions so that you feel comfortable with the plan. Some important questions include: how long does the treatment take, is there any pain involved in the treatment, will there be a period of healing time after the treatment, how long will it take to see results, will the treatment even out the skin tone, and what is the cost of the treatment? Most importantly, be sure to get all your questions answered!

You have many options for acne scar treatment. Seek professional help to find the best option for you.

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