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Acne Scars

Acne scars are permanent textural changes and indentations that occur on the skin as a result of severe acne. The term “scarring” is used for the temporary red and brown marks and uneven skin tone left early after acne has occurred. These marks will always improve with treatment.

In severe acne, large pus-filled spaces known as acne cysts are formed. These cysts destroy skin tissue which is not replaced during the healing process.  When the cyst eventually empties and the area heals, it usually leaves behind an indentation or scar or in some cases raised and lumpy known as keloid scarring

 

Characteristics

Acne scars fall into two main categories: those caused by a loss of tissue (atrophic scars), and those caused by an excess of tissue (hypertrophic scars). Within these categories, there are four main types of acne scars: ice pick, boxcar, rolling, and keloid scars.

ICE PICK:

Ice pick scars are deep, very narrow scars that extend into the dermis. The skin looks as if it has been pierced by an ice pick or sharp instrument.   Ice pick scars develop after an infection from a cyst or other deep inflamed blemish works its way to the surface. Skin tissue is destroyed, leaving a long, column-like scar.

ROLLING:

This type of scarring causes rolling or wave-like depressions across otherwise normal-looking skin. The skin itself looks uneven and rippled.  Rolling scars develop when fibrous bands of tissue develop between the skin and the subcutaneous tissue below. These bands pull the epidermis, binding it to deeper structures of the skin. It is this pulling of the epidermis from within that creates the rolling appearance of the skin.

BOXCAR:

Boxcar scars are round or oval depressions with steep vertical sides. Wider than ice pick scars, boxcar scars give the skin an uneven, pitted appearance.  This type of scaring develops when an inflammatory breakout destroys collagen, the tissue is lost. The skin over this area is left without support, creating a depressed area. Boxcar scars can be superficial to severe, depending on the amount of tissue lost.

KELOID OR HYPERTROPHIC SCARS:

Hypertrophic/ Keloid scars are a more severe raised, scar that grow above the surface of the skin and grow larger than the original wound and can continue to grow long after the original wound has healed. Some people are more prone to developing keloids as it can be hereditary. Hypertrophic scars are more common after a deep wound or trauma. Keloid scars develop due to an overproduction of collagen. 

Skin Treatment Options

MICRODERMABRASION

Mechanically re surfaces the outer most layer of the epidermis. Removing excess of dead skin cells preventing any build up within our follicles preventing breakouts and evening the skin tone by cutting back the epidermis and smoothing the appearance of unwanted atrophic scaring.

SKIN NEEDLING

A pen like device with hundreds of micro needles gently penetrate the skin to promote the healing process and stimulate essential growth factors and natural production of collagen to improve and strengthen the underlying structure of the skin reducing and even removing the appearance of atrophic scaring.

CLEAR + BRILLIANT

This is a non-invasive laser treatment. It works by making thousands of tiny micro injuries in the top layers of skin that trigger the body’s healing process, replacing damaged skin with new, fresh tissue.

IPL SKIN REJUVENATION

IPL uses energy delivered through light waves to create heat in a controlled response. This energy is attracted to pigment, red or brown, creating a healing response and killing bacteria all at the same time. This treatment is great for active breakouts and pigmented scaring.

MESOESTETIC SKIN PEELS

These Peels contain powerful active ingredients, Alpha and Beta Hydroxy Acids, to resurface the outer layer of the epidermis to boost cellular rejuvenation and renewal. A proven way to remove unwanted dead skin cells preventing pore blockages and cutting back the superficial epidermal layer diminishing pitted scaring or uneven textures to the skin.

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