Acne Scar Treatments
Acne scar laser treatments can provide incredible results. During an Skin Health Consultation, we’ll determine the way your scars present. This can be in the following ways:
- Indented “ice pick” scars which appear as tiny holes in the affected area. Rolling acne scars appear more like rolling hills on the skin surface with larger indents and raised areas.
- Indented scars located on the chin and lower corners of the mouth can be more apparent as we age and the skin begins to become more lax. This creates a dimpling effect on the skin where old scar tissue resides. The objective in treating each type of scar is to build collagen and density within the damaged tissue. This is like filling in or patching the holes.
- Pigmented and Erythemic (Red) acne scars are formed when inflammation and melanin post acne lesions end up trapped within the damaged cells and remain there until it surfaces and is exfoliated away. This can take several months to fully resolve if not treated.
Smooth’s Acne Scar Treatment will repair ice pick and rolling scars
Ice pick scars perform better with micro-needling treatments. The needles create thousands of microscopic puncture wounds that fit best within these tiny scars in the skin. If there is more laxity within the tissue, micro-needling can be combined with Fotona’s Piano laser collagen remodeling and tightening treatment. This combination tightens and lifts the skin, giving the area increased support and structure, while more superficial collagen induction fills in the scars.
Rolling scars perform best with Fotona’s fractionated Erbium laser treatment. Fotona technology has the capacity to fractionally ablate the skin and refine uneven texture, while sending heat to travel further into the skin (beyond the ablated tissue) which results in an increased collagen response and builds stronger more uniform tissue. In some cases, a second pass of a microscopic cold ablation laser may be necessary to smooth the edges of the scar, leaving a visibly smoother result in the appearance of the affected area.
Pigmented and Erythemic Acne Scars
Pigmented and Erythemic acne scars require more aggressive exfoliation treatments than those that can be performed at home. Microdermabrasion treatments are a great way to manually exfoliate the outer layers of the skin. Microdermabrasion creates a cellular renewal response, ultimately pushing the more superficial pigmented scars closer to the surface with each treatment, eventually eliminating them completely. For deeper scars, ZO stimulating chemical peel is ideal with its ability to perform a deeper epidermal exfoliation. This starts to break up scared cells and speeds up cellular proliferation, eventually drawing pigment to the surface to be manually exfoliated away. Finally, a micro-laser peel can travel the deepest and has the ability to reach depths to where the pigmented scars lie. Although a micro-laser peel can be the most effective in the shortest amount of treatments, there is more downtime associated with this treatment, as well as consideration need to be made in the case where the customer holds pigment easily, as heat and inflammation can create the same condition we are treating.
What To Expect
- Little to no down time
- Simple procedure with little to no discomfort
- Quick non-invasive treatment sessions
- Excellent results
Book a Smooth Skin Health Consultation today to find out more about your options.