What is Acne Surgery?

M.R. Anglin
M.R. Anglin
Insurance companies typically do not cover acne surgery.
Insurance companies typically do not cover acne surgery.

Many people, particularly teenagers, suffer from different forms of acne. In some cases, a person may opt for acne surgery to help treat this skin condition. Acne surgery is the surgical removal of different forms of acne. It includes comedo extraction, as well as cutting and extracting the contents of more severe acne lesions. Some acne surgeries may leave scars, but treatments such as chemical peels and laser acne scar removal can be used to reduce the appearance of these scars.

Chemical peels may be helpful in treating acne.
Chemical peels may be helpful in treating acne.

Some acne lesions are deeply embedded into the skin and may result in swelling and redness. They may also be unresponsive to other acne control methods like cortisol injections. In such cases, a dermatologist may recommend draining the pimple. In this type of surgery, pimples are cut open and drained of their contents. While the surgery is straightforward, only a professional dermatologist should perform it in order to minimize risk to the patient.

Teenagers commonly suffer from acne.
Teenagers commonly suffer from acne.

Another form of surgery is comedo extraction. Comedones are more commonly known as blackheads and whiteheads. A closed comedo — a white head — is more embedded into the skin than an open comedo, or a blackhead. In comedo extraction, a doctor, nurse, or other professional can use a comedone extractor to remove the contents. Since whiteheads are more embedded into the skin, they are often cut with a small blade before the comedo extractor is used.

Acne surgery may include cutting and extracting severe acne lesions.
Acne surgery may include cutting and extracting severe acne lesions.

Undergoing acne surgery can have some drawbacks. For instance, insurance companies do not usually cover this surgery. Another drawback is that after comedo extraction, more comedones may grow to take their place. Doctors will often prescribe medicine to help prevent this from occurring. In addition, the drainage and extraction method may leave a patient with scars. While laser acne treatments, chemical peels, and other methods may reduce the look of scars, these treatments can be costly.

Acne can be removed with various forms of medical procedures.
Acne can be removed with various forms of medical procedures.

In order to avoid the costs and drawbacks associated with acne surgery, a person may be tempted to extract a pimple on his own. Many people squeeze, prick, or pick at pimples in an attempt to remove them. Doing this is not recommended. Not only can picking and squeezing pimples cause scars, but the resulting wound may also become infected. Doctors and professionals in the field learn the proper extraction methods and can perform them under sterile conditions to minimize infection.

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Discussion Comments

Animandel

Acne can be a cruel condition. Teenagers get teased and have trouble fitting in socially sometimes because of acne. Then in severe situations, the scars left behind can be an unwanted reminder for a lifetime.

Advances in acne scar treatment, particularly laser surgery for acne scars, has and continues to make a big improvement in people's lives.

Sporkasia

Yes, we all know we shouldn't pop those little bumps on our faces, but what person who has gone through puberty can say he hasn't done a bit of home surgery on a zit from time to time? And I should say that back acne can be just as bad, but since this condition is more easily concealed we don't think about it as much.

Drentel

I was unaware that surgery was used to treat acne cases. I know some cases can be severe and I have known teenagers to have really tough times socially because of skin conditions. In my ignorance, I assumed acne eventually cleared with age.

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    • Insurance companies typically do not cover acne surgery.
      By: contrastwerkstatt
      Insurance companies typically do not cover acne surgery.
    • Chemical peels may be helpful in treating acne.
      By: belahoche
      Chemical peels may be helpful in treating acne.
    • Teenagers commonly suffer from acne.
      By: godfer
      Teenagers commonly suffer from acne.
    • Acne surgery may include cutting and extracting severe acne lesions.
      By: iofoto
      Acne surgery may include cutting and extracting severe acne lesions.
    • Acne can be removed with various forms of medical procedures.
      By: Ocskay Bence
      Acne can be removed with various forms of medical procedures.
    • A medical professional can treat whiteheads with a surgical blade and a comedone extractor.
      By: F.C.G.
      A medical professional can treat whiteheads with a surgical blade and a comedone extractor.