Best Acne Scar Removal Treatments in Neutral Bay
Acne Scarring presents with unique characteristics and features, each of which requires a thorough understanding of the treatment modalities that will best remove the scars. Acne Scarring treatments at LAB Skin Clinic, Neutral Bay, will first start with a detailed skin analysis to correctly assess the cause and then a treatment program will be discussed before you start on your journey towards healthy and flawless skin.
Acne Scarring Treatments
There are many methods for improving the appearance of acne scars, but each must first be critically evaluated to prevent possible side effects. LAB Skin Clinic uses a variety of treatment devices including:
- Chemical Peels – Best results with macular scars. Variable results with ice pick and rolling scars. Side effects can be temporary hyperpigmentation or irritation. Hypertrophic scars are generally less responsive to chemical peels. Chemical peels and laser resurfacing may be helpful for some individuals with hypo-pigmentation.
- Dermabrasion – Will treat ice pick and rolling scars by completely removing the epidermis to the papillary or reticular dermis. Side effects can be the necessity for general anaesthesia and the risk of infection plus significant patient downtime. Darker skin may become discoloured and blotchy.
- Microdermabrasion – Removes outer layer of the epidermis. Does not treat deep scars. Only rare complications. Hypertrophic acne scars can often be effectively treated with a combination of ablative laser resurfacing and micro-dermabrasion.
- Skin needling – Leaves epidermis largely intact. Requires minimum of 6 treatments and the full effect seen after 6 weeks. Lower risk of post-inflammatory hyper pigmentation than other procedures.
- Fractional laser – Ablative (Er:YAG, Nd:YAG, CO2) often produces good results and is more effective than non-ablative. Quantifiable improvement of between 40 to 80 per cent reduction in scar depth. Patient must stop Roaccutane treatments. NB: Dark skin is at risk of post-inflammatory hyper pigmentation (PIH) using conventional laser, such as CO2 and should be avoided.
- Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) therapy – Hyper-pigmentation is treated with IPL to specifically target melanin and haemoglobin and used in conjunction with topical Retinoids, which increase the rate of cellular turnover in the skin.
- Omnilux LED photo therapy – Produces no side effects and can produce significant improvements when used in conjunction with other modalities. Red light LEDs are especially useful for erythaema (a condition in which small capillaries near the surface of the skin become damaged or permanently dilated and which is most visible in patients with lighter skin tones).
- Skin care product prescriptions – Selected to target type of acne scarring in conjunction with treatment modality.
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Acne scars are categorized as:
Macular – Typified at skin level and primarily characterized by abnormal flat areas of increased and decreased discolouration – either hypo or hyper-pigmented scarring – this is perhaps the most common long-term form of acne scarring. Skin tissue damage is caused by inflammatory acne but, in the case of hypo-pigmented skin, can be the result of inappropriate treatments or acne Rosacea.
Atrophic – The most common type of scarring, resulting from inflammatory acne vulgaris and are subdivided morphologically into three sub-groups: Icepick, Rolling and Boxcar.
- Ice pick scars– the most common type of acne scarring, these are narrow (less than 2mm), pointed depressions with a “V” cross-section.
- Boxcar scars– these are round or oval scars with well-established vertical edges and a wide base with a “U” cross-section.
- Rolling scars– these wide (larger than 4mm) scars have an “M” cross-section and give an undulating appearance to the skin.
Hypertrophic – Raised or keloid scars, which occur when excess fibrous and firm scar tissue forms and becomes large nodules of dense, rubbery scar tissue. This form of scarring is less common in acne patients, but usually develops after long and severe bouts of acne and possibly secondary infections.
For a complimentary skin assessment, call LAB Skin Clinic, Neutral Bay, on 02 9170 4693 or click on the link below to make an appointment.