Acne scarring occurs in the dermis, which is the area of skin immediately below the surface that acts somewhat like a cushion. When people suffer with acne, the dermis becomes inflamed as the body attempts to repair the wounds created by the acne lesions such as blackheads and cysts. As the acne wounds heal, an abundance of collagen can get left behind, forming acne scars that make the skin appear uneven. It can often occurs in a way that creates a pit in the skin, sometimes known as an ice pick scar. Acne can also cause post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH), a skin discoloration left behind after an inflamed acne wound has caused over-production of melanin in the skin.
The following are some of the common types of acne scars:
– Icepick acne scars
– Boxcar acne scars
– Rolling acne scars
– Keloid or hypertrophic scars (Raised acne scars)
HOW DOES THE LASER FOR ACNE SCAR WORK?
The laser ablate (remove via vapourisation) the top layer of skin and it penetrates the skin to the level of the dermis and encourages it to repair itself with the production of new collagen and elastin. The laser also heats the targeted area causing the collagen fibers to contract and firm the skin. This results in growth of smoother new skin which lessens the appearance of scarring. Laser treatment not only addresses the issue of acne scars, but also can significantly improve the appearance of sun damaged (pigmented/wrinkled) skin.
IS LASER ACNE TREATMENT RIGHT FOR ME?
Laser therapy is an effective modality for virtually everybody with acne scars. If there are any issues with your suitability for treatment, Dr. Doumit will discuss these with you. You should especially seek acne scars treatment If your scars are psychologically or emotionally affecting your life.
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER LASER ACNE TREATMENT?
Post treatment care depends on the course of treatments and laser settings undertaken. As a rule, the more invasive the treatment, the longer the recovery period and the better the results. You will be provided with all the information needed to maximise your results and minimise downtime.
BOOK A CONSULTATION
Acne no longer needs to leave a permanent mark on your skin. The best person to assess your needs and recommend appropriate treatment is a specialist dermatologist. Dr. Doumit is a highly experienced dermatologist in the treatment of acne scarring, and will be able to help you decide which treatment best suits you and your skin condition/type to help visibly reduce your acne scarring. Due to the large number of treatments available, a consultation will help you decide which best treatment suits you.