Acne scars– the greatest bane of good complexion. It is a problem of epidemic proportions.
What are some effective treatments for acne scars? Well, besides treating active acne and preventing further outbreaks that will create more scars, here are some ways to smoothen out those unfortunate pockmarks on your face.
This requires manual separation of the skin from the deeper layers of the scars with a needle. It causes a little bleeding under the skin that allows the scar to then heal and level out. Better yet, do scar filler at the same time. This has the advantage of immediate improvement from smoothening out the scars, as well as long term improvement after healing is complete. Bear in mind though– filler is usually only temporary and therefore, effects may fade with time.
2. Laser resurfacing
Ablative laser essentially shears off the top layer of the skin and heats it up so that it can reheal into a smoother texture. However, the downtime is great and risks of complications is high. Less invasive: fractional lasers, that cover only 20% of the same treated area, also has only 20% of the downtime and complications… and achieves good results too.
3. Chemical peels
Essentially, this also aims to exfoliate the scars on the surface and/or excite new healing in the deeper layers, depending on the type of chemical peel used, thereby remodelling the scars.
4. Dermabrasion or microdermabrasion
Similar to chemical peels, except that it employs physical exfoliation.
The dermaroller consists of tiny needles that can be applied all over the face to release scar tissue and cause rehealing… somewhat like a milder form of subcission. In my clinic, there is a modified form of this treatment where radiofrequency is also applied at the same time– the results are much improved within a shorter duration of treatment.
6. Punch excision
At the very worst, stubborn scars may be removed surgically… but of course, this may lead to another scar and is a method reserved for the most unrepentant scars.
Ok, so many choices– which to pick?
Most of the time, more than one may be necessary to achieve the best improvement of scars, so be open to all the possibilities out there. Don’t hesitate to start seeking professional medical treatment for a smoother complexion!