Acne scarring is a concern for many current and past 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 acne scar treatment process 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 the best method of treatment. Treatments can include laser, radio frequency and dermal filler as well as take-home skincare products.
Each laser treatment takes approximately 15 minutes. The number of treatments required will be determined during your initial consultation and throughout your treatment program as we see the response your skin has to treatment. We ensure that discomfort is kept to a minimum by applying a topical anaesthetic cream to the area for 40 minutes prior to treatment.
Our radiofrequency 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 efficient, and the result will be firmer and smoother skin. Treatments are comfortable with no downtime.
Sometimes the scars are too deep for lasers and radiofrequency to work by themselves. When there is deep pitting, dermal filler can be used to reduce the scar depression.
Dermal filler is a comfortable treatment option with little to no downtime. Your doctor will discuss all aspects of dermal filler treatment with you during your consultation.