Active acne will eventually stop erupting once you get on with age. However, acne scars stay for life. Therefore it is very important to treat acne from the beginning to prevent acne scars.
With the advances of technology, there are now safe and effective treatments to remove acne scars without much pain and long recovery period.
Treatment modalities include:
Chemical peel is a treatment which uses the application of mild solutions for skin refinement and regeneration.
Peels can be used to treat the dark marks or very mild scars left over from acne.
Multiple treatments are usually recommended for best results.
Intense Pulse Light/Broad Band Light
These gentle, no downtime treatments help to reduce active pimple breakout, lighten red and darks acne marks and smoothen out the skin.
Subcision uses a needle to break up fibrous scar tissues which are tethering the depressed scars down, thus lifting up the scars. Subcision also allow the tissues to heal and form new skin.
Dermal fillers such as hyaluronic acid, are used to fill up depressed scars. This can make the surface of the skin more even, and get rid of shadows. However, dermal fillers are not permanent.
Excision of acne scar
For deep scars such as ice-pick scars, it is especially helpful to excise them and stitch them.
The stitches can be removed in less than a week. The resultant linear scar can be resurfaced with laser.
Raised acne scars like keloids can be made softer and flatter with steroid injections.
The safest and most effective treatment for acne scars is the fractional CO2 laser.
This laser works by resurfacing only a “fraction” of the skin at a time, leaving the surrounding area intact for faster healing.
The fractional CO2 laser pokes tiny microscopic holes in the skin down past the epidermis and into the dermis. These holes cause new collagen to be generated, which fills in the acne scars and creates rejuvenated smoother skin.
The Smartxide2 Dot Laser takes a step further by combining the CO2 laser with radiofrequency. This not only helps to maximize treatment results, but allows patients to have quicker outcomes with a reduced risk of adverse events post-procedure.
Lastly, topical applications with creams etc are needed to optimise and maintain treatment results achieved by the various treatment modalities.
Topical applications also play an important role to prevent acne and to treat acne.
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