Also known as acne vulgaris, this long-term skin disease can occur at any age, although it most frequently begins in adolescence. As hair follicles clog with dead skin cells and oil from the skin, blackheads, whiteheads, pimples and cysts may arise. In severe cases, significant scarring can result. Fortunately, there are now many effective prescription treatments, both topical and oral, that can help patients minimize or eliminate acne. In-office skin treatments may also be helpful, and there are multiple options for reducing the appearance of or eliminating acne scars and discoloration.
Discoloration or age spots
Sun exposure, acne, trauma, scars, birthmarks, aging and more can cause pigmentation issues or skin discoloration. Depending on the cause, a treatment can be personalized for you.
These are thickened, wide, often raised scars that are similar to keloids. However, a hypertrophic scar may fade over time. They often form at the sites of pimples, body piercings, cuts and burns and may contain nerves and blood vessels.
Similar to, but usually more pronounced than hypertrophic scars, a keloid scar is typically much larger than the original wound. Caused by excess collagen production, it is often red, hard and fibrous and may continue to grow without treatment, either nonsurgical or surgical.
A persistent red appearance caused by dilation of blood vessels in the face, rosacea is an inflammatory skin condition that can worsen if left untreated.
Any scars, even small ones, can be devastating when they occur on the face or neck. Facial plastic surgeons have many techniques available to minimize or eliminate scars of all types and sizes.
Ohio State Facial Plastics can screen for skin cancer, perform biopsies on suspicious lesions, provide ongoing surveillance or repair the skin’s appearance following skin cancer removal and treatment.
There are many different types of skin defects. Some are present at birth; others occur with age or following an accident, burn or scald. Others arise from pressure sores, surgeries or undesirable healing of diabetic skin or other conditions. Whether large or small, we can work with patients to identify the best course of treatment.
Skin nevus or moles
Unusual skin lesions or moles may appear at any age. Removal, particularly from the face, requires careful skill to minimize scarring.
Also called acrochordons, these small, painless growths of skin are benign and can appear anywhere on the body, including the face and neck. Their removal is quick and simple.
With age comes wrinkles. These folds, ridges or creases in the skin can be relatively minor to significant and are made worse by smoking and sun exposure. If your facial wrinkles bother you, it’s time to see a facial plastic surgeon who has many available treatment options. If you’re merely worried about wrinkles, that too deserves a visit, as we can discuss preventive measures.