Know the types of treatments available for your Acne scars
Dr. Vi Sharma has worked in the field of cosmetic surgery
He has a Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery, Monash University; and former member of the Australasian College of Aesthetic Medicine and the Royal Australian College of General Practice.
Were you happy to get your first pimple? You finally became a teenager! The sky is the limit! Yes yes, it happened to all of us. But now, even after 15 – 20 years, you find your face marred with several forms of acne, and you have never been more annoyed at yourself. Yes, we can relate to this as well. The clear skin you are shown on Instagram really pisses you off, and you have tried almost all types of skin care routines that are supposed to control your acne, to no avail.
Whenever your hair follicles get clogged with oil and dead skin cells, acne develops as a skin disorder. It results in pimples, blackheads, or whiteheads. Although it can afflict anyone at any age, acne is most prevalent in teenagers. Although there are effective treatments for acne, the condition may continue. The lumps and pimples heal slowly, and just as one starts to go, another one seems to appear. Depending on how serious it is, acne can leave skin scars and create emotional distress. The sooner you begin therapy, the lesser your likelihood of developing such issues.
Scarring from acne is produced by abnormal collagen formation and organization during the acne healing process. It can be worsened by ‘popping’ pimples that can manifest in a variety of ways, including rolling, ice-pick scarring, and boxcar scarring. Varied therapy options have different effects on different people. During the healing process, systemic inflammation can cause redness and pigmentation. This is an excellent candidate for our laser treatments because it can last for years.
How do you know what acne is? You may just be eating too much sweet or fried food. Some pimples may even be caused by hormonal changes that your body goes through. But that does not mean you have a severe problem. Let us see some forms of acne :
- Whiteheads – closed plugged pores
- Blackheads – open plugged pores
- Papules – little, painful, red lumps
- Pus-filled papules, often known as pimples or pustules
- Nodules – large, hard, and uncomfortable lumps under the skin
- Cystic lesions – pus-filled, agonising tumours under the skin
If you see these growths on your face or body, you should try some home acne scarring treatments first, before considering any cosmetic treatments. You will find acne mostly on your face, forehead, chest, upper back and shoulders. Consult your primary care physician if self-care measures fail to get rid of your acne. He or she may recommend stronger medicines for acne scarring treatment You might wish to get medical treatment from a dermatologist if your acne worsens or remains.
Let us get to know a bit about the types of acne scars you can have before we consider any acne scarring treatments :
- Icepick scars – These are deep, narrow scars that cause bleeding.
- Rolling scars – Shallow rippling scars are caused by fibrous scar tissue that connects the upper layers of skin to the subcutaneous tissue. Skin depressions are generally caused by fat loss, which can be addressed using dermal fillers.
- Boxcar scars – These are downturns that range in size from round to square and have punched-out borders.
- Hypertrophic scars – Raised red scars are produced by the overproduction of collagen in reaction to trauma.
There are several kinds of effective acne scarring treatments in melbourne available nowadays to rid you of your acne scars. Let us see some of these :
Home remedies :
Using sunscreen at home helps lessen the contrast between skin without scars and skin that has them. Additionally, some medicated creams, such as those containing hydroxy acids or azelaic acid, could be beneficial.
Soft tissue fillers :
The skin can be made to cover indentation scars by injecting collagen, fat, or other material under the skin. The idea is to hide the scars as much as possible. Repeated treatments are necessary to maintain the impact because results are transient. Skin colour changes are not likely to occur using this procedure.
Steroid injection :
Injecting steroids into specific elevated scar types can help your skin look better.
Laser resurfacing :
This technique is gaining popularity and is frequently used for scars that have previously undergone dermabrasion therapy. This method carries a higher risk of adverse effects.
Additional energy-based techniques :
Scars can be made less visible with the aid of radiofrequency and pulsed light sources without endangering the skin’s outer layer. You could require additional treatments because the results are mild.
This technique is typically saved for scarring that is more severe. The top layer of skin is removed by your doctor using a tool such as a quickly moving brush. Deeper acne scars may appear less apparent, and surface scars may entirely disappear. Scarring and changes in skin colour are examples of potentially serious adverse effects.
Peeling agents :
The top layer of skin is removed from the scar tissue by your doctor using a chemical solution, which also helps to conceal deeper scars. To maintain results, repeat light and medium peels. There can only be one deep peel.
Skin pricking :
The goal of this procedure is to encourage the underlying tissue’s production of collagen by rolling a needle-studded device over the skin. It is a simple, risk-free method that could reduce acne scarring. The danger of skin discolouration is extremely low. You may require additional treatments because the results are mild.
Your doctor removes specific acne scars using a quick surgery called punch excision, then closes the wound with sutures or a skin transplant. Your doctor will use a procedure known as subcision to release the fibres under a scar by inserting needles under the skin.
Sometimes the skin puckers around acne scars. By relaxing the skin around the injection site, Botox may help an acne scar look better. Repeated treatments are necessary to maintain the impact because results are transient.
The effectiveness and the course of your acne scarring treatment here at Skin Club Cosmetic Doctors, in Melbourne will depend on your skin type and your lifestyle habits. Our experts will carefully diagnose your condition and suggest you the best treatment to solve your problem. You will be able to see clear skin free from any scarring and bring out your natural glow. This will boost your inner confidence, and make your life free from one extra stress.