Acne Scarring And How To Treat It

January 5, 2020 by Dr. Sanjay Parashar

The acne scars on your face are a reminder of the pimples and acne lesions you had once.  Scars come in a number of types, some get vanished with time while some are stubborn and don’t go easily. These deep craters on your skin might leave you stressed and depressed.

Acne scars are made of tissue that is quickly formed to prevent further damage to the skin. Let me explain it in a different way. If something cuts the skin cover, your body sends an alarm to glue these parts back together, as quick as possible. So instead of using a specific basket weave collagen formation as you find it in normal tissue, the body is using a quick-formed just cross-linked fiber formation. It forms a more pronounced alignment in a single direction. The result: A low quality tissue is being produced – a scar. It does not look great.

Acne scar revision programs should be individually tailored according to your scars- this gives the greatest improvement. In most cases patients will require a combination of treatments. Finding the correct combination for you is the key to success. Depending on your skin type, acne scar type and down time procedures such as fractional laser resurfacing, energy based micro-needling, surgical subscision, chemical peels, and dermal fillers can be used.

Subscision coupled with dermal filler is one of the best treatments for anchored or tethered scars. Acne scars subcision is a procedure whereby the underlying scar tissue is freed and the filler injected acts as a spacer. It has little if any downtime.

Fractional lasers such Fractional Co2, Fractional Erbium Yag are at the forefront of acne scar treatments. Fractional laser treats only a ‘fraction of skin’ which speeds up recovery time and lowers the risks of full laser resurfacing. Scar improvements of up to 70% can be seen after 3-4 treatments.

The use of insulated microneedling with energy-based devices such as radiofrequency,such as Vivace is another effective modality for scars. Microneedling uses microscopic needles that penetrate deep into the dermis and brake up acne scar tissue. This treatment provides the greatest amount of improvement for acne scars with the least amount of downtime.

Prevention is always better than cure. It is important to have your acne treated and avoid picking the acne. None of us likes to have a scarred face or body but to have pimples and scars is a natural thing.  Instead of getting panicked, try the numerous cures mentioned above.

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