Acne scars are usually the results of inflamed blemishes caused by skin pores engorged with excessive oil, bacteria, etc. Acne scares can be raised, red, flat, depressed or hypertrophic scars.
Types of Acne Scars
There are 3 different types of acne scars:
- Box Scars
These are oval depressions with steep vertical sides. Wider than ice pack scars, box scars appear on the skin in an uneven way, giving it a pitted appearance.
- Ice Pack Scars
They are deep, narrow that extend deep into the epidermis. The skin appears like it has been pierced with an ice pick. Some of them appear small while other look like large open pores.
- Rolling Scar
They cause wave like depression across otherwise normal- looking skin. They differ from box scar in that they aren’t sharply defined. It makes the skin appear uneven and craggy.
These scars are permanent textural changes and indentations that occurs on the skin.
Acne scars can be treated using:
- Micro Needling RF
- Subcision RF
- Pixel Laser Resurfacing
- Dermal filters
- Intra-lesional injections for hypertrophic scars
- Micro-lipo injection
- Micro Needling RF:
It is a minimal invasive technique, where the RF energy is sent to the dermis to stimulate the collagen, keratin and elastin fibers without damaging the top layer of the skin.
- Subcision RF:
It is a minor surgical procedure where a special canula with an in-built RF tip is used. It is inserted through a puncture in the skin surface.
- Micro-lipo Injections:
This is a surgical procedure where the individual’s own fat is used to treat severe, volume-less scars that won’t respond to minimally invasive treatment.
- Dermal Fillers:
They are injectable fillers made from hyaluronic acids. They are used to treat shallow scars.
It is a surgical exfoliation technique to remove the outer layer of skin to improve the appearance. This procedure is most preferred in the Rhinophymatous skin.
- Intra-Lesional Injections:
They are steroid based injections used to treat hypertrophic or keloid type scars.
- Pixel Laser Resurfacing:
It is an ablative procedure used for resurfacing the skin and is useful for superficial scars.
Duration & Recovery
Depending on the type of procedure it takes around 30 minutes to an hour.
In general, it takes about 24 to 48 hours for the skin to recover if a minimally invasive procedure is done.
4-6 sessions spaced out in the span of one month is what it takes to see satisfactory results.