Whiteheads are another name for a closed comedo, which is a clogged pore. Open comedones, on the other hand, are colloquially called blackheads. Whiteheads and blackheads are both caused by dead skin cells mixing with oil which then blocks the pore. Blackheads and whiteheads are often found side by side with acne, and can occur on the face, chest, shoulders, and back. If left alone, comedones and acne can cause scarring. Luckily, there are many advanced and innovative treatments available that can help to reduce the appearance of whitehead scarring in Alexandria. Dr. Melda Isaac, director of landmark dermatology practice MI Skin Dermatology Center in Washington, DC, is an expert in treating both acne and acne scarring, and she offers a wide variety of the most cutting-edge treatments in her state of the art practice facilities.

Whitehead Scarring Alexandria

There are a few different types of acne scars, including rolling scars, icepick scars, and boxcar scars. Each of these types requires a different method of treatment for the most effective results. Ice pick scars are the deepest, and may require surgical extraction combined with another type of laser resurfacing, peel, or microdermabrasion to treat properly. Boxcar scars are more shallow, but have sharper edges. These types of scars can often be treated through laser skin resurfacing. Rolling scars are the shallowest type, and the easiest to treat. There is even a dermal filler available that can treat shallow, distensible rolling acne scars! Bellafill is the first and only dermal filler, which is FDA approved for reduction of acne scars.

If you are suffering from any type of acne scar, a consultation with a skilled dermatologist will be necessary in order to come up with the best individual treatment plan that will take care of as many of your scars as possible.