If acne scars is a cause of concern for you, book yourself a consultation with Dr. Sneh Thadani at SSD Hospital.
If acne scars bother you, there are safe and effective treatments available. Treatment can diminish acne scars that cause depressions in the skin. Treatment can also safely reduce raised acne scars. There are several treatments possible in today’s time and technology. Treatments include laser treatments,minor skin surgeries, chemical peels, and fillers. As we age, acne scars often become more noticeable because our skin loses collagen. The key to effective treatment is to select the best one for each scar type.
Before getting treatment for acne scars, it is important to clear your acne. New acne breakouts can lead to new acne scars. Having acne also means that your skin is inflamed. Inflammation reduces the effectiveness of treatment for acne scars.
Treatment for acne scars At SSD Hospital, we use procedures to minimize acne scars which are determined by your health care provider based on:
• Your age, overall health, and medical history
• Severity of the scar
• Type of scar
• Your tolerance for specific medications, procedures, or therapies
• Your opinion or preference
Dermabrasion may be used to minimize small scars, minor skin surface irregularities, surgical scars, and acne scars. As the name implies, dermabrasion involves removing the top layers of skin with an electrical machine that abrades the skin. As the skin heals from the procedure, the surface appears smoother and fresher. You will typically need 5 to 7 days at home to recover. Microdermabrasion is a less invasive option typically performed in a series of treatments that do not require the same downtime.
• Chemical peels – Chemical peels are often used to minimize sun-damaged skin, irregular pigment, and superficial scars. The top layer of skin is removed with a chemical application to the skin. By removing the top layer, the skin regenerates, often improving its appearance.
• Dermal filler injections -These are injected beneath the skin to replace the body’s natural collagen that has been lost. Injectable dermal fillers are generally used to treat wrinkles, scars, and facial lines. Most fillers are temporary, lasting about 1 year.
• Laser resurfacing and light therapies – Laser resurfacing uses high-energy light to burn away damaged skin. Laser resurfacing may be used to minimize wrinkles and fine scars. A pulsed dye laser may be used to specifically treat raised acne scars. Additionally, for lighter-skinned people, intense pulsed light may be another treatment option.
• Injections – Commonly referred to as intralesional injections. These involve injecting a medication, usually a steroid, directly into a
raised scar, causing it to flatten and soften.
• Cryotherapy – The purpose of this treatment is to freeze scar tissue, causing it to die and eventually fall off. Sometimes, this is used in combination with intralesional injections. One potential risk of cryotherapy, however, is lightening the skin, causing the treated area to be lighter than the surrounding skin.
• Topical creams – Creams with retinoids or silicone can also help reduce the appearance of scars. Microneedling-RF with radio frequency waves is an other technology that can work for very deep and pitted acne scars. These treatments then trigger the body’s natural process, stimulating
growth of new, healthy tissue, which results in smooth, refreshed and scar free skin.
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Dr. Sneh Thadani
MBBS DNB DERMATOLOGY
Head of Dermatology Department, SSD Hospital