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At Hoboken Medical Aesthetics we are dedicated to one thing and one thing only; You Looking Beautiful!

  • What Botox Can Do For You?
  • Acne Scar Removal
  • Dermabrasion: Is it Right for You?

What Botox Can Do For You?

Year after year, Botox injections are the most popular cosmetic procedure in the United States. And it's no surprise. This wonder toxin can banish those wrinkles on your forehead and around your eyes for up to six months.

Acne Scar Removal

There are many options today based on the type and the degree of your acne scarring. Some treatments require at-home follow-up care, and others are strictly in-office procedures.

Dermabrasion: Is it Right for You?

While you are probably hearing a lot about high-tech lasers and the latest injectables for facial rejuvenation, dermabrasion still has an important role in banishing fine wrinkles, treating sun damage, acne scars, freckles.

ACNE SCARRING

Any treatment of acne scarring should be deferred until all active acne has been eradicated and there are no further significant outbreaks.  

Although acne scarring in most cases cannot be totally eliminated there are a number of procedures available that can considerably improve its appearance and make it less conspicuous.  Essentially, the shape and depth of the scars will determine which treatment or combination of treatments is best for you.  As most people have a variety of scar shapes and depths more than one type of treatment may be necessary for the best possible result.

We will assess your skin type and scars and then outline which treatment or combination of treatments is best for you.  Treatment options include:

  • Dermal Fillers to fill out the scars
  • Surgical Excision of the scars
  • Chemical Peeling, an excellent resurfacing tool for other skin conditions, is generally not beneficial  in acne scarring unless the scarring is very fine
  • Laser Skin Resurfacing
    Please note that if you have taken Roaccutane for acne, you must wait for at least 12 months after finishing Roaccutane before having any resurfacing treatments for acne scarring.

Dermal Fillers

There currently exist a number of dermal fillers which have the ability to reduce the visibility of depressed acne scars by filling them out.

H.A. (Hyaluronic Acid) Dermal Fillers are very safe and currently are probably the most commonly used fillers in Australia.  These H.A. fillers are not of animal origin and therefore require no pre-treatment testing for allergy.

Non-H.A. ‘Permanent’ & ‘Long Term’ Fillers of various brand names are alternative fillers used by some clinics.  Because of both anecdotal and documented reports of significant permanent complications with some non-H.A. long-lasting fillers (latest report: American Journal of Cosmetic Surgery Vol. 23, No.3, 2006) we do notadvocate their use.  Although tempting for some patients in terms of convenience, the promise of a single treatment and perceived long-term cost advantages, there have been sufficient reports of permanent adverse outcomes with some of these fillers for patients to exercise considerable caution when considering their filler options. 

Surgical Excision of the Scars

 

Surgical excision of the scars can be easily performed under local anaesthesia.  However, please note that any surgical excision will in itself leave a scar, the objective being to exchange the more unsightly acne scar with a less visible surgical scar.

Laser Skin Resurfacing

 

Removal of the upper layers of the skin can be achieved with the original resurfacing lasers such as CO2 or Erbium-YAG Lasers.

The lasered skin is replaced by new skin that grows out from the depths of the hair follicles. However, the laser cannot remove scars that reach deeper than the laser can safely resurface.  Realistically, therefore, you must not expect that every acne scar will disappear.  Instead, you should expect an improvement only.  Just how much improvement should be expected can only be estimated when our doctor has assessed your scarring.

Please note that CO2 & Erbium Laser Skin Resurfacing is not suitable for those with olive, brown or Asian skin because of the risk of pigmentation problems. 

Matrix Fractional Skin Resurfacing is the latest skin resurfacing treatment for acne scarring.  Apart from its advantages of fewer side-effects, fewer potential complications, and less ' downtime'  than CO2 and Erbium Laser Skin Resurfacing its main advantage is its suitability for brown or Asian skin.