Acne is a common skin problem for people between the ages of 13 to 40. Read to find out how different types of plastic/cosmetic surgery helps cure acne and the risk involved in the process.

Plastic Surgery for Acne

With growing years, there comes the problem of acne as well. Acne has always been a concern of the teenagers, but now it is also affecting adult people, till the age of 40. Acne usually occurs on the face, neck, chest and back. It is usually caused when the oil glands come to play in the early years due to hormonal changes. Sebum oil is released by the sebaceous glands and when it combines with the bacteria present in the skin, it causes inflammation around that area and hence, acne.
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While mild to moderate acne can be treated by medication, severe acne can become hard to remove. For severe acnes, which cause scars that are not treatable, plastic surgery is one of the best possible methods of treatment. Plastic surgery for acne, also known as cosmetic surgery, is more concerned with improving your appearance and subduing the scar problem. In this surgery, people suffering from acne can either resort to peeling of their skin or laser treatments to get rid of acne.
Types of Plastic Surgery for Acne
Peeling of Skin
Peeling of the skin, as the name suggests, means peeling away inflamed and infected skin. It is a beneficial treatment that patients suffering from acne can vouch for. Peeling helps unblock the pores of their skin and can be done by various creams. It can also be performed through laser therapy.
Laser Treatments
Laser treatments are amongst the quickest and most efficient ways of removing severe acne problems. They not only help cure the acne problem, but also work further to rejuvenate the skin for healing process. Laser treatments can further be classified into two types.
  • Light Treatments- It has been found that exposing acnes to blue light is beneficial to skin. Such a kind of light treatment can be used for treating acne alone or you can even use it as a maintenance therapy, before the laser treatments.
  • Photo Dynamic Therapy- This method involves application of a special cream on the acne infected area first. When the cream is absorbed into the inflamed skin, it is activated by using laser or the blue light. This type of therapy is the strongest therapy available in today’s time and would result in peeling of the inflamed skin, reduction in infection and reduction in sebum production by the sebaceous glands.
Risk Involved
Acne problem can be cured by laser therapy. However, it also involves a little bit of risk with it. Laser treatments may cause side effects, though only 1 to 5 percent cases face such complications. The risks involved are:
  • Swelling and blistering of the treated skin
  • Burning of the skin, with skin breakdown
  • Swelling of the lower eyelids
  • Excessive pain during the procedure
  • Worsening of acne
  • Darkening of the treated skin
  • Excessive whiteness of the treated skin
  • Activation of cold sores

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