I’m a 32-year-old woman and I’ve been considering different skin resurfacing treatments for the sun damage and chicken pox scars on my face. Is dermabrasion or chemical peels a more drastic treatment?
Chicken pox scars are difficult to treat because they are isolated areas of what can be pretty deep scars of the skin. I feel that both dermabrasion and chemical peels are suitable for the treatment of chicken pox or acne scars. If a chemical peel is chosen, then spot treatments to the specific scarred areas will need to be performed with a fairly strong chemical, such as 35% TCA with Jessner’s solution in order to penetrate deep into the dermis, stimulate new collagen formation, and alleviate the pitted scars that you are plagued by.
Posted by Dr. Philip Schoenfeld