Acne & Acne Scar Treatment
Facial scars, especially acne scars, are left behind to remind us of the tissue damage caused and the body’s effort to repair that damage. Scarring is often worsened in acne patients when the acne is "popped" or picked at with fingers or sharp objects. With this additional injury to the skin, further inflammation is caused and the immune system has to work very hard to try and repair the tissue damage, often leading to unsightly scars. Scar removal treatments will minimize the visibility of scars, allowing you to improve your self-esteem and no longer struggle to cover up the scars when you find yourself in public.
Acne scars are stubborn, and no single treatment is best for everyone. Various methods may help improve your complexion. doctor may suggest one or a combination of these.
- Skin care:The appearance of scars that change your skin color may be improved with over-the-counter bleaching agents and use of sunscreen to limit contrast.
- Soft tissue fillers:Injecting collagen or fat under the skin and into indented scars can fill out or stretch the skin. This makes the scars less noticeable. Results are temporary, so you would need to repeat the injections periodically.
- Laser resurfacing: This is a skin procedure that uses a laser to improve the appearance of your skin.
- Other energy-based procedures: Pulsed light sources and radiofrequency devices help make scars less noticeable without damaging the outer layer of skin. Results are subtle and you may need to repeat the procedure.
- Dermabrasion:This procedure is usually reserved for more severe scarring. It involves removing the top layer of skin with a rapidly rotating wire brush. Surface scars may be completely removed, and deeper acne scars may appear less noticeable.
- Chemical peeling: High-potency acid is applied to your skin to remove the top layer and minimize deeper scars.
- Needling or rolling:This involves rolling a needle-studded device over the skin to stimulate underlying tissue. It's a safe, simple and possibly effective technique for acne scarring. The result is subtle, and you may need to repeat the treatments
- Surgery: Using a minor procedure called punch excision, doctor cuts out individual acne scars and repairs the wound with stitches or a skin graft. Another technique called subcision involves doctor inserting needles under the skin to loosen fibers below a scar, to help improve its appearance.
- Fat grafting: During the surgical treatment post subcision a plane is created below the acne scar which is depressed, to fill the space and to keep the area elevated, fat is injected below the scars for best cosmetic outcome.