Acne Scars Removal
Acne scars are blemishes on the skin left behind by previous acne outbreaks. It is a widespread skin problem affecting close to 50% of the population, causing psychological distress in many cases.
Although acne goes away eventually, they leave behind scars as “parting gifts”. Unfortunately, these unsightly scars never truly disappear, although their appearances can be improved in time with the right treatment.
Acne scars fall into two categories: those caused by loss of tissue (atrophic scars) and those caused by excess tissue (hypertrophic scars).
Common Types Of Acne Scars
Ice Pick Scars
Ice pick scars are deep, narrow scars that extend into the dermis. They appear as small and thin holes in the skin, as if pierced by an ice pick. Some may look like large, open pores.
They tend to develop after an infection from a cyst destroys skin tissue, leaving long, column-like scars.
Boxcar scars are round or oval depressions with steep vertical sides. Wider than ice pick scars, they give the skin an uneven, pitted appearance.
They develop when an acne breakout destroys collagen on the skin, causing the area to lose support and sink to form a depressed area.
Rolling scars cause wave-like depressions across the face. Although they look similar to boxcar scars, they differ because they are not sharply defined. Instead, they have an uneven and craggy appearance.
They develop when fibrous bands of tissue develop between the skin and the tissue below. These bands pull the epidermis and bind it to deeper structures of the skin. This creates the scar’s rolling appearance.
Treatments for Acne Scars
The aim of our acne scar treatments is to significantly improve appearances, and return confidence back to our patients.
With a greater understanding of their progression, inflammatory reasons, and study of the scarring process, acne scars can be managed effectively with the right treatment.
However, due to the many types of acne scars, there is no one-size-fits-all treatment. A customized approach needs to be prescribed by a doctor to see visible improvements.