Houston & Pearland, TX

Acne Scar Treatment

Introduction to Acne Scar Treatment

Acne is not just a teenage phase! Many adults suffer from acne and embarrassing scarring. Even though this is a common skin condition, it can be challenging for adolescents and adults to deal with a heavily marked face. If you’re dealing with this, Dr. Christopher Hankins can help. Serving patients throughout Houston, Pearland, Lake Jackson, and the surrounding areas of South Houston, he and his dedicated team at Premier Plastic Surgery are ready to help you achieve your goal of blemish-free skin.

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What is Acne?

Acne (medically known as acne vulgaris) is a common skin condition that affects adolescents and can be a problem for adult men and women. Most teenagers experience light to mild acne outbreaks that resolve over time and do not require medical intervention.

Mild to moderate acne affects men and women alike. Genetics and hormones are the basic causes, and certain medications and cosmetics can worsen acne. Dead skin cells, excess oil, and dirt getting caught and trapped in the pores and hair follicles can also lead to acne. However, approximately 25% of individuals suffering from acne have severe acne outbreaks, resulting in some degree of scarring.

These scars can vary in appearance, from deep pits in the skin to scars similar to those of chickenpox. Some wounds are embedded deeply under the skin, and others can affect the pigmentation of your skin, leaving dark spots behind. This is known as post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.

Acne can result in principally four types of scars:

  • Ice-pick scars – these are deep, narrow, pitted scars.
  • Rolling scars – broad depressions with sloping edges.
  • Boxcar scars – broad depressions with sharply defined edges.
  • Atrophic scars – flat, thin scars or depressed scars (anetoderma)

Acne and acne scars can affect not only your physical appearance but also your self-esteem, making you feel self-conscious. While there are many options for treating acne, including over-the-counter treatments, there are far fewer for acne scars.

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What is an Acne Scar Treatment?

Acne Scar Treatments involve light and laser therapies or injections to target the scars acne has left and help smooth over the bumpy appearance, leaving you with healthy skin. There are several options for laser and injection treatments:

  • Erbium Laser Treatment treats surface-level scars. It heals quickly, and the risk of redness, skin tenderness, and swelling is minimal.
  • Fractional Laser Treatment is an advanced laser treatment recommended for deep acne scars. The fractional laser targets deep layers of the skin. The ablative Fractionated C02 lasers are now the standard for treating acne scars, delivering energy to the deeper layers of skin and stimulating new collagen without injuring the skin’s surface.
  • Bellafill can be injected under acne scars using a subcision technique that can significantly improve the appearance of some scars.

What are the Benefits of an Acne Scar Treatment?

The benefits of Acne Scar Treatments include:

  • Improved skin for a smoother and even appearance
  • Less noticeable scars
  • Stimulation of new collagen to repair the skin surface without injury

Who are the Best Candidates for an Acne Scar Treatment?

Premier Plastic Surgery wants you to be comfortable and happy with your appearance. Our patients come to us from Houston, Pearland, Lake Jackson, and the surrounding areas of South Houston.

Patients of any age are welcome to try and may benefit from an Acne Scar Treatment, particularly if they are experiencing visible and/or deep scarring on the face, neck, back, or chest.

Patients who repeatedly experience active or severe acne breakouts or any additional skin inflammation in the affected area are only advised to receive treatment once the root cause of the acne is addressed and stabilized. Any subsequent acne scar treatments may be less effective during an active acne event.

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Acne Scar Treatment First Step

What’s the
first step?

Dr. Christopher Hankins and his professional and knowledgeable staff realize that patients need accurate information, close personal attention, and skilled care at his practice.

Our dedicated staff wants your experience to be pleasant and will do all they can to help you feel as reassured and relaxed as possible. Our staff is very knowledgeable and can provide information on all the latest procedures, treatment techniques, and products regarding surgical and nonsurgical procedures.

Dr. Hankins will meet with you in a private setting, allowing you to feel comfortable as you take advantage of the personalized experiences offered in our cosmetic-oriented practice. You and Dr. Hankins will be able to determine whether one or a combination of Acne Scar Treatments is best for you.

If you’re considering Acne Scar Treatments in Houston, Pearland, Lake Jackson, and the surrounding areas of South Houston, give us a shout! Schedule your consultation today.

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What to Expect From an Acne Scar Treatment

A laser treatment targets the vascular supply of the scars themselves. Laser treatments are effective in treating established scars and as a preventative measure. However, they may not fully erase acne scars on their own. To achieve the desired results, a combination of subcision, fat grafting, and/or microneedling treatments will be required.

Laser treatments improve the appearance of every type of acne scar. They may also treat active acne by killing the underlying bacteria to reduce inflammation.

Fat grafting or subcision procedures work to release the scar’s adherence to the adjacent tissue and help prevent its recurrence by both presenting a physical barrier to the re-adherence of the scar tissue and importing stem cells from the fat to the area, which stimulates the remodeling of the scar.

Acne Scar Treatment Cost

How Much Does an Acne Scar Treatment Cost in Houston, TX?

The cost of Acne Scar Treatments will depend on several factors, including the severity of each patient’s case, the type(s) of treatment applied, and the frequency of sessions needed to achieve the desired results.

We don’t want finances to prevent you from getting the cosmetic surgery you want and deserve. To that end, Dr. Christopher Hankins is committed to making it as affordable as possible, including offering alternative financing solutions to his patients in Houston, Pearland, Lake Jackson, and the surrounding areas of South Houston.

We understand that sometimes it can be challenging to pay for cosmetic surgery. Dr. Hankins and his entire team at Premier Plastic Surgery want to ensure that your choice of procedures is as affordable as possible. One way we do that is by offering complimentary consultations to all our patients.

Please note: We charge a no-show fee for consultations and require a credit card to schedule an appointment.

We offer several payment options, including LendingUSA® and United Medical Credit. If you have any questions about the fees or financing for your treatment or procedure, please don’t hesitate to ask.

We also accept:

  • Cash or Check: personal check, cashier’s check, or cash
  • American Express
  • VISA
  • MasterCard
  • Discover

Payment is due in full before the start of treatment. You can use payment options individually or in any combination you choose. Feel free to contact our office about your financing options.

Why Choose Dr. Hankins?

Christopher Hankins, MD, is a plastic surgeon specializing in facial, breast, and body aesthetic surgery. He also has advanced training in hand surgery, breast reconstruction after cancer, and other reconstructive surgical procedures. Dr. Hankins completed five plastic surgery fellowships with highly distinguished physician mentors in the United States and the United Kingdom, including a Plastic and Microsurgery fellowship at the Baylor College of Medicine and a Hand Surgery fellowship at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Dr. Hankins earned his medical degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. He completed his General Surgery training prerequisite for Plastic Surgery as established by the Residency Review Committee in Plastic Surgery and Anatomic and Clinical Pathology.

Dr. Hankins served as the Medical Director of the Wound Care Center at Lake Jackson Hospital from 2011 to 2014 and continues to treat wound care patients at his Premier Surgery Center and Lake Jackson Hospital.

In addition to his practice in plastic and aesthetic surgery, Dr. Hankins is actively involved in the study and clinical application of anti-aging medicine. He is a Diplomate of the American Association of Anti-Aging Medicine.

Dr. Hankins has authored 19 manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals and serves on the editorial boards of four medical journals and as a reviewer on three others. He has been a presenter on various plastic surgical topics at the regional, national, and international levels.

Dr. Hankins has participated in plastic surgery medical missions in Peru, Bolivia, and Pakistan, where he performed a number of surgical procedures on disadvantaged children and adults. He sits on the Boards of Directors of both the Agris-Zindler Children’s Foundation and the House of Charity.

Dr. Hankins treats patients in Houston, Pearland, Lake Jackson, and the neighboring communities of South Houston, but no matter where you come from, you will be in expert hands!

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Acne Scar Treatment FAQ’S

Schedule a Consultation

Which acne scar treatment is proper for you depends on your scarring, skin type, and the results you’re looking for. Treatments will be customized to the patient after an examination and a thorough evaluation.

Contact Premier Plastic Surgery, and our friendly staff will help you schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Hankins to discuss all available options. Premier Plastic Surgery serves Houston, Pearland, Lake Jackson, and the neighboring communities of South Houston.

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