Acne Skin Treatments for Pure, Unblemished Skin
Acne—it’s something you probably assumed you’d be done with forever once you graduated from your teens and early twenties. And for many of us, acne does clear up, at least temporarily. However, these days it is not uncommon for adult-onset acne to become a regular cause of embarrassment and consternation as our faces become once-again beset by pimples and red spots in our thirties, forties, and beyond. In many cases, adult onset acne is particularly painful, as large cystic acne lesions begin to swell deep under the surface of the skin and are difficult to treat.*
Fortunately, there is a range of cosmetic treatments that will reduce the appearance of acne and considerably improve the overall skin tone and texture. The experienced team of aestheticians at the Virginia Institute of Plastic Surgery, working under the guidance of Board Certified plastic surgeons Drs. Burton and Reps Sundin are experts at providing comfortable and effective acne treatments that will help clear your complexion. In their comfortable offices in Richmond and Tyson’s Corner, Virginia, they will listen to your goals and aesthetic needs, and recommend the type of acne treatment that best suits your skin type and condition.*
Customized Skin Care
*No two individuals are alike, and neither is their skin. But most of us are at least somewhat familiar with acne—the result of oil-clogged pores that manifests in pimples, cysts, blackheads, and whiteheads. While some people may resort to oral antibiotics that treat the skin systemically, those solutions can have unwanted side effects—such as photosensitivity, allergic reactions, and adverse drug reactions. And while mild acne can often be managed by simple over-the-counter creams and astringents, the effects only go so far. Alternate treatments such as chemical peels, laser treatments, and topical treatments can all have a profound effect on acne, reducing the appearance of blemishes and improving the overall health of the skin. Treatment options include:
For milder cases, a range of specialty topical treatments are available and can be recommended by your aesthetician. The specific treatment will depend on your skin type and condition, as well as the extent of the acne to be treated. In some cases, a topical cream might be recommended in conjunction with another form of treatment, such as laser therapy or a chemical peel.*
Chemical peels are available in a range of intensity—some being very light and easy requiring no downtime, while others will remove a deeper layer of skin and may require some recuperative time in order to allow the new layer of skin to grow beneath the old, damaged layer. Depending on your skin condition and desired aesthetic effects, your aesthetician can recommend a safe and effective chemical peel that will give you the fresh new look you’ve been yearning for. Chemical peels work by removing the surface layer or layers of skin, revealing the fresh new skin beneath. They effectively reduce acne breakouts by drying up the oil that is the cause of pimples, and it can also reduce the appearance of scars from past breakouts.*
Laser treatments can encompass a range of solutions, each of which has its own advantages. In general, laser treatments are used to reduce the body’s production of sebum, or oil, which is the cause of most acne breakouts. The laser treatment also works by stimulating a compound which lives within the acne bacteria, called porphyrins. When the porphyrins become agitated, they begin to attack the cellular walls of the bacteria, causing the bacteria to die, thus clearing up any acne blemishes. Laser treatments are also an effective means of improving the appearance of scars from past breakouts. The laser carefully targets the scar tissue, both heating it up and lifting it away. The thermal effect of the laser also stimulates the body’s natural production of collagen, allowing the body to build healthy new skin to take the place of the damaged tissue.*
Contact the Virginia Institute of Plastic Surgery
At the Virginia Institute of Plastic Surgery, with offices conveniently located in Richmond and Tyson’s Corner, our ultimate goal is to ensure you achieve naturally-gorgeous results that reflect your inner beauty and vitality, while providing you with excellent medical care that maintains and supports your health and well-being. Dr. Burton Sundin and Dr. Reps Sundin are both Board Certified in plastic surgery with extensive specialized training and decades of experience, enabling them to stay abreast of the latest advancements in cosmetic surgery and non-surgical rejuvenation procedures. Their dedication to the powerful combination of cutting-edge techniques, open and honest communication, and a patient-centric philosophy is sure to maximize your safety and comfort.*
If you would like more information on any of our surgical or non-surgical rejuvenation procedures, we encourage you to contact the Virginia Institute of Plastic Surgery to schedule an appointment today. We look forward to hearing from you!
*DISCLAIMER: Individual results may vary. Results are neither guaranteed nor permanent. All patients must have realistic expectations of what plastic surgery and/or non-surgical procedures can achieve.