Dr. Simon Ourian is the Medical Director of Epione Beverly Hills, a practice devoted exclusively to minimally invasive cosmetic procedures. “I spend a lot of time dealing with acne and acne scars,” says Doctor Ourian. “Acne scars of damage are typically the result of acne during a patient’s teens and 20’s. I’ve seen the ongoing emotional toll acne scarring can cause for patients many, many years after they thought they were acne free.”
“In my experience”, continues Doctor Ourian, “acne and acne scars effect men and women equally. In some ways acne and acne scarring are more difficult for men to handle physically and emotionally because women can use makeup to cover their acne and acne scars an option most men won’t consider. But now I’m glad to see patients in their teens and twenties in my office seeking an acne treatment or and acne scar treatment, and with the Coolaser, I believe I can save them many years of torment and potential low self-esteem.”
Acne is the result of the body’s overproduction of sebum, which combined with dead skin cells, clogs pores and creates a fertile bacterial breeding ground. The bacteria then leaks to neighboring tissue causing bumps, redness, pimples and swelling. The body responds by rushing white blood cells and inflammatory molecules to fight infection and repair the tissue. This process can take place over days or even weeks. The resulting “patch job” can leave behind visible reminders, or acne scars, that are worse for some than others. Dry, flaking skin, discoloration and redness afflict most people with acne.
There are several different types of acne scars:
- Boxcar Scars: These acne scars are angular scars typically found around the cheeks and temples. Some may be deep and others shallow.
- Ice Pick Scars: These acne scars typically appear as pits in the skin and are among the most common.
- Keloid scars: The acne scars may occur after an injury to the skin such as acne and are overgrowths of fibrous tissue. These acne scars can form on the shoulders, back and chest.
- Rolling Scars: These acne scars are gently undulating without sharp borders.
“I enjoy that I can offer a truly effective acne treatment and acne scar treatment”, states Doctor Ourian, “it validates all the time and energy I put into developing the Coolaser. I truly believe the Coolaser and the techniques that I’ve worked to perfect combine as one acne treatment that can help acne and acne scar sufferers achieve optimal results. With the Coolaser I can effectively remove just the damaged skin while leaving the surface smooth. I also like to combine Coolaser with dermal fillers such as Radiesse, Juvederm Injectable Gel or Restylane to help fill in deeper acne scars.”