Acne and chicken pox lesions produce damage on our skin. The body tries to repair this damage by changing the collagen (protein) fibers in the skin. Scars are formed during the healing process of these lesions.
Acne/Chicken pox scars poses a serious cosmetic concern to people and many are emotionally affected by the appearance of the scars.
Depending on how much excess collagen the skin has formed or lost, acne scars are formed either Hypertrophic or Atrophic.
Hypertrophic scars/Raised scars- These scars are caused due to excess of tissue and are raised from the skin surface.
Atrophic scars/Depressed scars- These are caused due to loss of tissue and are depressed from the skin surface. Further, they can be of different types- ice pick, boxcar and rolling scars.
In order to treat acne scars, topical creams are not the right choice because they are not powerful enough to improve anything other than discoloration.
Hypertrophic scars – There are many different options for treating hypertrophic scars. These include silicon gels, cryotherapy and injections to reduce and flatten the scar. Microdermabrasion can also help to reduce mild hypertrophic scar caused due to acne.
Chemical peels- Chemical peels can reduce the appearance of depressed acne scar and hyperpigmentation around a healed acne wound. It improves the texture of the skin.
Dermabrasion- This technique uses a high speed brush or other instrument to resurface the skin and reduce depth of scars. Afterwards, it takes the patient several days to heal completely.
Laser resurfacing – Microneedle radio frequency(MNRF) can be used to remodel the outer layer of skin & improve the scarring.
This process causes the delivery of radio frequency waves at the tip of insulated micro needles which are injected into skin. The radio frequency pulses delivered to the skin activates the collagen regeneration/regrowth. The untreated tissues in adjoining parts support the healing process. This technique requires multiple sessions with monthly interval. It may take weeks to months before you see actual results on your skin. It depends on the skin type and types of scars one has.
Derma roller can also be done but multiple sessions are required with monthly intervals for best results.
Soft tissue fillers – A substance such as hyaluronic acid, fat or collagen can be used to fill out certain types of deep, depressed acne scars. Since fillers are eventually absorbed into the skin, the patient requires repeat filler injections after a certain period of time depending on the product used.
We, at Derma Touch Clinic have all the latest and the best equipment to manage acne scarring. For best results, Dr Ashwini may combine more than one procedure for scar reduction.