Our acne scar treatment program is meticulously designed to cater to your individual needs. Tailoring our approach with precision, we determine the most effective strategy by considering the specific type of scarring you present and often involves a combination of advanced techniques. Visit our dermatology clinic in Beverly Hills to consult with our board-certified dermatologist and discover a personalized solution to alleviate your concerns about acne scarring. Schedule an appointment today for a thorough assessment and embark on a path toward achieving a smoother, more confident complexion.
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Dr. Monika Kiripolsky is a board-certified dermatologist and fellowship-trained laser and cosmetic surgeon specializing in the treatment of acne scarring using a combination of multiple modalities including lasers, IPL, chemical peels, filler injections, microneedling, radiofrequency and surgery.
Acne affects more than 80% of the population over the course of our lifetimes and contrary to popular belief, acne is not a condition limited to teenagers. Changes in our hormones, lifestyle, and diet can all impact acne breakouts as we continue to age. If acne breakouts go untreated, inflammation can lead to permanent scarring, red and brown skin discoloration (“post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation” or PIH), textural irregularities, and enlarged pores. This is why consulting with a board-certified dermatologist is the best practice for people interested in addressing their acne concerns and preventing future breakouts.
As a board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Monika Kiripolsky has an arsenal of treatment options for acne and acne scarring. Depending on your skin type and severity, she may recommend one or more treatments in combination. To help you make more informed decisions about your skin, here are some of the common treatment options we have for addressing various severities of acne scarring:
Combatting the ruddy, brown discoloration and uneven texture associated with acne scarring can be potentially managed at home with the inclusion of resurfacing agents like AHAs and retinol, and lightening agents such as hydroquinone. Enhancing this regimen are the specialized products from our line, including the Triple Alpha Hydroxy Smoothing Gel and the Retinol Radical Repair Serum. These carefully formulated products harness the power of proven ingredients to address hyperpigmentation, promoting a more even skin tone and texture.
Salicylic acid effectively addresses both the pigmented and discolored aspects associated with Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation (PIH). It not only targets the discoloration but also penetrates into the oil glands to treat active acne and prevent new acne formations. Additionally, high concentrations of Trichloroacetic acid (TCA) can be carefully administered to effectively treat individual icepick scars. At your consultation, Dr. Kiripolsky will evaluate your skin to see which solution is best for you.
This innovative approach entails the precise insertion of a needle with a minuscule blade at its tip into areas with depressed acne scars. This technique effectively releases the underlying scar tissue, alleviating the “tethering down” effect commonly seen in boxcars and rolling acne scars. Subcision is seamlessly integrated into sessions that may include microneedling, radiofrequency + microneedling, and/or fractionated CO2 laser to ensure a comprehensive and optimal enhancement of results.
Microneedling and Radiofrequency Microneedling:
Microneedling induces a strategic “controlled wounding” of the skin, employing fine needles to mechanically remodel the skin’s structure. This process stimulates heightened production of collagen and elastin, two main components that keep your skin looking young. The outcome is a remarkable improvement in skin texture and tone, accompanied by an overall reduction in pore size. By integrating radiofrequency with microneedling, the amplification of collagen and elastin production further enhances the skin tightening effect, yielding even more noticeable and rejuvenating results.
Lasers and Light Treatments:
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL or photofacial) utilizes a cutting-edge device that delivers a spectrum of wavelengths, effectively targeting both browns and reds in the skin. Dr. Kiripolsky employs the M22 IPL, recognized as the most powerful and effective IPL available. This treatment, characterized by minimal discomfort and zero downtime, not only harmonizes skin discoloration but also stimulates increased collagen production, leading to a noticeable tightening effect.
CO2 laser resurfacing, on the other hand, employs a procedure that generates microcolumns of destruction in the skin. The surrounding areas of spared skin respond by filling in these columns with collagen and elastin, resulting in the emergence of fresh, healthier skin. As an ablative laser, CO2 selectively removes and resurfaces targeted portions of the skin, making it the unequivocal “gold standard” for addressing moderate to severe acne scarring. While it entails approximately a week of downtime, the transformative effects make it a formidable choice for achieving significant skin rejuvenation.
Filler and Other Injectables:
Small droplets of strategically injected filler can be employed to raise depressed acne scars, achieving a smoother skin surface. For thicker, more rigid acne scars known as hypertrophic scars and keloids, a targeted injection therapy using steroids and/or 5-fluorouracil is recommended. This specialized injection treatment effectively softens and flattens these elevated scars, providing a comprehensive solution. Additionally, Sculptra, recognized for its biostimulatory properties, has emerged as a valuable tool in addressing acne scarring. Through its unique mechanism, Sculptra stimulates collagen production, promoting natural tissue regeneration and enhancing skin texture.
This technique involves using a circular blade to remove ice pick scars (tiny, but deep) that are often resistant to other treatments. After the depressed scar is popped out, a tiny stitch is placed in the area and is subsequently removed after a week.
In summary, Dr. Kiripolsky uses the most technologically advanced methods on the market to optimally treat various types of acne scarring. A combination of the above treatments is ideal to achieve maximal improvement in the appearance of acne scars. Each treatment regimen is formulated specifically for you and the type(s) of acne scarring that you have.
If you are interested in discussing treatment options for active acne and/or discoloration or scarring from prior acne, please call 424-652-6563 to schedule your appointment at our dermatology clinic in Beverly Hills. Dr. Monika Kiripolsky is passionate about partnering with you to make your skin as flawless as possible.