Acne Scar is a common skin problem that affects many people, especially during puberty. Unfortunately, even after acne has cleared up, it can leave scars on the skin, which can be frustrating and difficult to treat. However, there are several treatment options available that can help reduce the appearance of acne scars. In this post, we’ll explore some of the most effective treatments for acne scars.
WHAT CAUSES ACNE SCAR?
Scars are our body’s natural response to trauma, and acne scars are no different. When acne damages the skin and the tissue beneath it, our bodies are quick to respond and repair the damage caused. Depending on the amount of collagen our bodies produce as a result of the trauma, the repaired area can appear as a depression or as a raised scar. When our bodies overproduce collagen in an attempt to heal the damaged skin and tissue, it creates a raised acne scar. On the other hand, when our bodies produce an insufficient amount of collagen, this creates a pit or depression in the skin. As we age, we begin to lose collagen, so our acne scars become more visible to the world. Still, at any age, acne scars can cause physical pain, emotional anguish, and (most commonly) a lack of self-confidence.
it’s important to consult with a doctor or dermatologist before starting any treatment to determine the best option for your individual needs. With the right treatment, you can say goodbye to acne scars and hello to clear, healthy skin.
HOW DOES LASER TREATMENT WORK FOR ACNE SCARS ?
Laser treatment is a popular method for reducing the appearance of acne scars, and it employs the same principle used for treating various other skin conditions. The underlying principle of laser skin therapy involves using a focused beam of intense light energy to heat the skin.
The heat generated by the laser can effectively remove the scarred outer layer of skin, revealing fresh, healthy skin underneath. Moreover, the controlled heat also promotes collagen production, which further enhances the appearance of the skin by making it more rejuvenated and radiant.
MICRONEEDLING FOR ACNE SCARS
Micro needling is big news among celebrities in Hollywood, where perfect skin is a must-have. To treat acne scars, the designated treatment area is penetrated with a micro needling device to trigger pinpoint bleeding and stimulate new collagen production.
Micro needling with platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and/or stem cells (ACell) helps to speed up the healing process and is an effective complement to laser treatments and topical therapies. Both stem cells and PRP can build and repair damaged areas, allowing for a natural improvement over time.
This highly effective treatment can be done frequently, with minimal pain and downtime, and is a core part of the monthly skin protocols that Dr. designs for his patients. He also encourages weekly at-home derma roller treatments to maintain collagen production and encourage cellular turnover between laser sessions.
DERMAL FILLERS FOR ACNE SCARS
Soft tissue fillers—such as Sculptra, Bellafill, silicone, or hyaluronic acid-based fillers like Juvederm, Restylane, or Belotero—to plump and lift the scars and build collagen long-term. Dr. also injects fat (ideally extracted from your own body) under the scars to fill out larger depressions and indentations. In those instances where excess fat cannot be retrieved from your body, Dr. may propose Renuva Adipose Matrix, a purified synthetic matrix of fat cells that integrates into your tissue as if it was your own. Over time, the fat cells permanently fill the space beneath the scars, smoothing their appearance.
LED LIGHT THERAPY
LED Light Therapy reduces inflammation and blood vessel dilation, which decreases redness and halts further thickening of the irregular collagen. LightStim LED therapy can also reduce inflammation, diminish pore size and smooth skin texture when incorporated into your daily, at-home skin care regimen. Intralesional injections, such as steroids (kenalog), fluorouracil (5FU), hyaluronidase, and collagenase are used to soften the scar, disrupt the disordered connective tissue, and shrink the scars.
Initial treatments for thickened, discolored scars include topical therapies. Dr. customizes the proper combination of silicone-based scar gels with natural growth factors to accelerate the healing process; Vitamin A derivatives, such as retinol and tretinoin; and antioxidants like Vitamin C. Topical steroids are occasionally employed for their anti-inflammatory effects.