Effective Acne Scar Treatments
It is important to be clear on the difference between acne scars and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH). PIH is not an acne scar. It is perfectly normal for the affected area to take on a different colour compared to the surrounding skin as the wound repairs itself after the inflammatory process. For people with pale skin tones, the colour of the wound could be pink, red or purple in colour. Such skin discolouration can be improved with Dual Yellow Laser and Retin-A.
Acne is often a temporary skin disorder, but acne scars can remain permanently etched on the face if it is not well-managed. Very often, superficial acne will heal quickly without leaving any scars. When deep inflammation happens, the dermis can be damaged to form scars on the skin.
Causes of acne scars
People often get acne scars because of inflamed lesion on the face. In some cases, inflamed blemishes can occur when the hair follicle, or pore, becomes clogged with excess oil and dead skin cells. This gives rise to bacteria growing in the deep recesses of the pore. When that happens, the pore swells, causing the follicles to rupture. This trauma to the skin can destroy healthy skin tissue. The skin forms new collagen fibers to repair the area that has been destroyed by the inflamed pores. Unfortunately, the collagen fibers that are produced never look as smooth as before.
Types of acne scars
The most common acne scars are depressed scars, also known as atrophic scars. They develop when there is a loss of tissue. Two common types of atrophic scars are rolling scars and boxcar scars.
Inflammation is usually a good gauge to determine how severe the scarring may be. The more serious the inflammation, the more likely scarring is to occur. Serious breakouts that take a long time to heal may also increase the chance of scarring. Blemishes and other skin conditions that do not cause any inflammation such as blackheads and whiteheads, typically don’t cause scarring as there is no trauma to the skin tissue.
How does subcision acne scar treatment reduce acne scars?
Acne scars are often very difficult to treat. While eCO2 Laser is excellent for treating some acne scars, subcision acne scar treatment is a clinically proven treatment that is specifically beneficial for people with rolling scars and boxcar scars. In this treatment, a special needle is used to break down stubborn scar tissue under the skin, releasing the acne scars and restoring the smooth contour of your skin.
Is subcision acne scar treatment painful?
The treatment is usually done under local anaesthesia to ensure minimal discomfort.
How often do you have to repeat subcision acne scar treatment?
You should be able to see good results after the first session. Depending on the type of scar and how deep it is, the doctor may advise you to undergo a few more sessions to further reduce the appearance of the acne scars.
Anything to take note of?
Just like all other aesthetic treatments, you should avoid exposing the treated area to the sun. Should there be a need to go under the sun, ensure that you have applied sufficient sunscreen to avoid any possible complications.
Does subcision acne scar treatment have any downtime?
You may experience some swelling and redness on the treated area. However, it should subside between 10 and 14 days. You may also experience some bruising. Follow the doctor’s post-treatment care instructions carefully and you should be on your way to a speedy recovery.
- Improvement in acne scars, especially rolling scars and boxcar scars
Acne scar sufferers who wish to target and treat acne scars with faster results.