Acne scarring is a concern for many acne sufferers. While it’s most prominent during puberty, acne scarring can affect the skin at any age, affecting a person’s physical appearance and self-confidence. The main cause is usually a combination of hormonal factors and genetics.
Acne scars form in the following ways:
Box-car scars — edge depressions
Keloid scars — lumpy, thick scarring
Ice-pick scars — deep, pitted thin scars
Rolling scars — wide, sloped-edge depressions in the skin
Atrophic scarring — flat, thin scars
There are many stages in the scar removal procedure including an examination, medical history, mapping, planning, treatment, follow-ups and prevention. Treatment is dependent on the characteristic, type and depth of the scarring. This ensures that you have not only the best method of scar revision, but also the safest. Treatments can include applications, devices and creams as well as dermal fillers, which can fill in scars to minimise their appearance.
Laser procedures are conducted in our clinic. Treatment time will vary from 15 minutes to 1 hour depending on the complexity of the procedure. Lighter treatment such as RadioFrequency and Fraxel treatment will not require any anaesthetic. Laser resurfacing procedures are conducted under partial sedation. Our Specialists ensure that pain is kept to a very minimum for all treatments.
Our radio-frequency machine activates the production of new collagen, while at the same time, reshaping the old collagen that exists in the treatment area. This process is safe and efficient, and the result will be firmer, clearer and smoother skin. Treatments are effective and comfortable, and no downtime is required.
Sometimes the scars are too deep for lasers to work by themselves. Thus light treatments, lasers and medicated creams can be combined to ensure smooth and clear skin.
Each type of scarring reacts differently to certain treatments; therefore we’ll conduct a thorough examination to determine what type of acne scarring you have and how we can treat them. An example of this could be atrophic scars which react well to dermabrasion, radiofrequency, dermal fillers, laser resurfacing and skin needling. Whereas Keloid scars react better to surgical revision, skin needling or topical steroids.