Acne Scars

Icepick scar

Box scar

Rolling scar

  • What are Scars?
Scars result from a wound or injury. Scars, however unwelcome, are part of the skin's normal healing process. Generally, superficial wounds heal without scarring. It is when the dermis is damaged that scars form on the skin.
  • What are the types of Acne Scars?
Acne scars fall into two main categories - atrophic / sunken scars, which is due to tissues loss within the skin, and hypertrophic where there is excess tissue. Atrophic scars have three sub categories - icepick, boxcar & rolling scars.
  • How can one get rid of acne scars?
While treating scars, the points that are considered are its type, age, number, whether they are grouped or scattered and its location. While isolated small scars can be treated with chemical peels of varying strengths, large isolated scars may need minor surgeries like dermal grafts and punch grafts. Grouped scars need treatments like subscission, microneedling with dermaroller, ablative lasers(CO2/Erb yag) and Pixel Radiofrequency. Subscission and microneedling are invasive and cause some bleeding, but they have stood the test of time. Ablative lasers and Pixel RF are the popular ones, giving benefits of epidermal resurfacing in addition to scar improvement. While lasers come with the shortcoming of causing pigmentation as a side-effect, Pixel RF is devoid of this side effect. These techniques have fast recovery and good results but need to be done by an expert Dermatologist.
Finally, to sum it up:
  1. Early treatment of pimples can prevent scarring.
  2. Early treatment of scarring can give better results.
  3. Once a scar is formed, the skin can never become completely scar-free.
  4. The improvement is more when combination approach is used.
  5. Acne scar treatment should be based on certain parameters and laser is not the answer to all types of scar.
  6. All scar treatments have to be done by a qualified dermatologist.
  • Does microdermabrasion help in reducing acne scars ?
No. Microdermabrasion can, at the most by virtue of the suction, prevent forming tough scar tissue in very early scars.
  • Is treatment of Scars painful?
A numbing cream applied prior to the treatment procedure makes the procedure painless.
  • Can Acne scars go completely?
No. But they can be reduced in depth by up to 70 %.
  • Can Scars be prevented?
Early treatment of acne by a qualified dermatologist can prevent scarring in most cases. Don't squeeze, pop, or pick at pimples.

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