Acne Surgery

<img src="http://acnealt.ygoy.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/11/Acne-Surgery-1.jpg" alt="" title="Acne Surgery 1" Acne is a disease of the skin, which is generally called pimples. It affects the skin as well as the complexion. Generally acne occurs on the face. But it may also appear on shoulders, chest, back and neck. It is only a skin problem and does not pose any threat to the health conditions.

Sometimes acne takes a severe form on people’s face. It causes red circles around the pimples and puts the beauty at stake. There are different treatments for acne. A plethora of ointments and facial creams in the market promise the permanent removal of pimples. But sometimes acne is beyond the reach of these over-the-counter medicines. Acne surgery is an answer to this problem.

Acne surgery includes several surgical approaches to remove acne lesions. These surgeries include opening up of comedones and pimples by using needles or small pointed blades to extract the lesions. You may also like to read an article on Acne Scarring Treatment, if you are worried about acne scars on your face.

Some surgical treatments for acne:

  • Blackheads (comedones) and whiteheads (closed comedones) can be removed mechanically with comedone extractors and a fine needle or a pointed blade. Such treatments are temporary and new comedones may form to replace the old ones.
  • Retin A is a medication that prevents the formation of comedones and is prescribed by dermatologists.
  • Incising and cutting open lesions for drainage is an effective way of treating acne. However, this treatment may leave a scar on the treated area.
  • The use of cortisone injections is a development over the incising technique. The benefit of this treatment is that it hardly leaves a scar on the effected area. However, the rare, large, deep lesions may not respond to cortisones and have to be incised.
  • Cortisone injection of a diluted corticosteroid into an inflamed pimple is an effective way to treat acne. This treatment improves the condition by flattening the lesions. Flattened lesions can be easily camouflaged with make-up and tinted acne lotion.

  • Xylocaine is a medicine used to numb the area to be treated. A small needle is inserted in the area and the medicine is injected. After fifteen to twenty minutes the doctor will remove the growth by cutting it out with a scalpel. The doctor will cut an oval of skin, which will result a longer scar, but will avoid the formation of dog’s ears. Dog ears are the bunch or folds of skin left over when a growth is cut out in a circular fashion. The tissues removed will then be sent to a pathologist who will make sure that all the growths are removed
  • Acne can leave behind deep scars. Your dermatologist may suggest surgery for acne pitting and scarring. Laser therapy can be used to reduce redness and scarring. Microdermabrasion and dermabrasion are medical procedures in which the scarred skin is removed. There are many other surgeries now available to reduce acne pitting and scarring

All surgeries have some risks involved in it. But the risks in case of acne surgery are very low in comparison to other surgeries. If you are reading this article, you may also like to read one of our articles on Acne Scar Surgery.

Following are Some of the Effects that One Might have After Acne Surgery.

In case of surgery in the face swelling may occur. Generally the swelling occurs around the eyes. Sometimes it becomes quite severe and the eyes almost swell to shut. The swelling generally lasts for one week. Still, if you are concerned about it and have fever also, consult your doctor right away.

Most patients have numbness in the area of treatment. This may last from six months to two years or even a little longer. But the risks of infection are very low in those cases.

According to studies, the chance of some infection is always more irrespective of the cleanliness of the surgery. These infections are generally treated with antibiotics.

There might be blood clotting under the skin. The clotted blood is generally absorbed by the body gradually.