Acne is a common skin condition and can be present on the face, back, neck and chest. Although acne can improve on its own or with medications, acne scarring usually persists.
Acne scarring can be the result of undertreatment or delayed treatment of active acne. Even with so many excellent treatments available for acne, some patients still get scarring.
Acne scarring can have a major effect on a person’s self-esteem, confidence. It can lead to social withdrawal, unemployment, lost relationships, significant depression and even suicide.
As a result of these negative effects, many people seek treatment to remove or visibly reduce the appearance of acne scars.
There are many types of acne scars and a person may have a combination of these.
Not all acne scars are alike and an individual with acne will have different types of scars.
This means that there is no single best treatment for established acne scars. Each scar and patient receives individual treatment according to the scars and their characteristics.
We use Subcision or “subcutaneous incisionless surgery” for the treatment of rolling scars or depressed atrophic scars. It works by disconnecting the fibrotic strands that tether the skin releasing it and smoothing the surface. The injury is below the surface and induces connective fibre formation below the skin’s surface.
This is used to treat mild ice pick scars. The scar is surgically removed and the remaining wound sealed. After the wound heals, it leaves a smoother and more even area of skin.
Used to treat boxcar scars. The base of the scar is surgically removed, leaving the sides of the scar in place. The base is then reattached to the side, but lifted up so it’s level with the surface of the skin. This makes the scar much less noticeable.
Dermal fillers, collagen and fat transplantation are methods for treating acne scars. We use these techniques to treat depressed larger scars with fewer defined edges, which are not suitable for other treatments.
Some scars are not treatable with punch excision or subcision. In such cases, we use a hyaluronic acid filler or fat to pump the tissue below the skin’s surface.
Micro-needling is a non-invasive treatment that uses tiny micro fine short needles on the skin to create tiny injuries. These injuries on the surface of the skin boost the skin to produce new tissue and hence new elastic fibres which give the skin a smoother surface. The treatment is suitable for more textural superficial scars or on areas where the skin is thin.
Laser treatment for acne scars has become more popular in recent years. The reason for its popularity is that laser treatment can be used on any skin type, removing the need for surgery or more invasive methods. The laser works by generating pulses of laser light that break down the scar tissue and stimulate new, healthy tissue to form in its place. It’s a straightforward procedure and with little to no downtime following treatment.
Laser resurfacing is a method of treating scars by removing either a part of the skins surface or full layers of the skin in order to stimulate the production of new skin.
It’s used to improve the textural appearance of the skin. We can use different techniques depending on the type and the depth of the scars.
We use the laser to remove some of the upper layers of the skin to induce a healing response. The laser removes layers of skin at a controlled depth. We remove the outer most layers of the skin to a precise depth this will depend on the type of condition treated. The skin is then allowed to heal and will restructure itself as it grows back. The newly formed skin is smoother and acne scars appear less perceptible. .
This technique also uses Carbon dioxide CO2 lasers but delivered in a different way. Fractional lasers deliver the beams in smaller fractions like pixilated beams and remove a very small area of the tissue. This leaves sections of the skin intact. As the skin repairs itself, the healing process is faster. Fractional delivery of the ablative CO2 laser gives the patient less downtime.
In many cases, you may require a combination of the above treatments to obtain optimal results. Prior to treatment, you will require a full assessment and consultation to consider the history and the physical appearance of the scars.
At Everything Skin Clinic™, we have a team of highly trained Consultant dermatologists, who have completed specialist training in Dermatology and are on the specialist register of the General Medical Council. All our consultants hold substantive contracts with the best Dermatology centres in leading NHS hospitals. Therefore, you can be certain of the highest quality private care.
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