Dr. Robert Burke revolutionizes adult acne treatment in Michigan with Bellafill

by rburke on July 18, 2015

Acne is  estimated to affect up to 90% of teenagers in the western world, up to  50%  of men and women in their twenties and thirties, and  many later in life, including  women who have acne in their 30s-60s.

This common skin disorder  affects skin with the most oil producing glands  (located in the face, upper chest, back).  Overgrowth of bacteria which are normally present on the skin occurs.  With untreated acne,  dark spots and permanent scars may  appear on the skin as the acne clears. Residual effects include scars and postinflammatory hyperpigmentation (PH).

Acne scars are estimated to affect up to 95% of people with acne vulgaris.   Abnormal  healing following dermal inflammation from active acne leads to these scars. Although scarring may occur with any form of acne vulgaris, it almost always occurs with the severe nodulocystic variety. Atropic scars are the most common type of scar that forms. Three types of atropic (have lost collagen from the skin healing response following acne) scars occur: ice-pick ; boxcar ; and rolling.

Ice pick scars are  narrow  and  deep scars extending into the dermis. Rolling scars are wider (4–5 mm across) and have  a wave-like pattern. Boxcar scars are round or ovoid, indented with sharp borders      (vary from 1.5–4 mm). Keloid and hypertropic scars also occur, but are not as  common. Untreated scars can last  years, remaining  permanent.

Postinflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH) is an inflamed red discoloration on the skin surface following resolution of  the original acne lesion.

Treatments must be planned based on individual findings.  Where the acne is still active, Dr.Burke prefers laser treatments in addition to a prescribed skin care regimen. Dr.Burke offers laser treatments for active acne which convert a biologic byproduct of bacterial metabolism into an antibiotic like compound acting to suppress the bacteria producing it.

Where the lesions are inactive and the inflammation is controlled, treatments are designed to improve skin texture and color while decreasing the appearance of the remaining acne scars. This includes  noninvasive and minimally invasive treatments to treat the side effects of acne – unsightly facial scars.

The actual treatment selected depends on individual findings and your history.  Dr. Burke is the only physician in the Ann Arbor area to offer Bellafill to minimize the appearance of unsightly acne scars.  This is the only FDA approved facial filler for acne scar treatment.  Advantages of this treatment include long duration (over 5 years), and and immediate effect.




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