Acne scars are a result of either a very aggressive Nodulo-Cystic Acne condition or a result of secondary infections caused by picking or popping acne. The common types of acne scar are Ice-pick scars (sharp hole like depressions), rolling scars (scars with rolled out margins) and box scars (scars which have punched out, boxy looking margins). Most patients will have a combination of all these common types. Sometimes one can also get hypertrophy or keloidal changes in acne scars. Besides the obvious facial scarring, acne scars can also severely affect the emotional state of the patient, causing them to feel depressed.
There are many treatments that can be offered for Acne scars, and often they are used in combinations; however, there is no MAGIC treatment that can make acne scars disappear. While some patients can get 70 - 80% improvement in their scars, most will get some improvement of more than 40 – 50%.
We can minimise the appearance of acne scar, depending on its original depth and developmental stage.
As mentioned earlier, there’s no single best treatment for acne scars rather we prefer using a combination of treatments in most cases.
The best way is to try to avoid getting the scars, this can be done by consulting a qualified doctor and starting oral antibiotics and by avoiding picking or popping the existing acne. There is a whole list of treatment options that a doctor will choose from and combine multiple treatments depending on the observations made after the patient’s evaluation at the clinic.
One can minimise a developing scar by allowing it to heal quickly by applying an antibiotic cream and keeping it covered till the skin has healed over. One could also try silicone gels once the skin has healed completely.
While the scar itself is permanent and can’t be magic’d away, it can be significantly minimised in most patients over multiple treatments and over a period of time. There are some patients, however, who might not see much improvement regardless of the treatments used.
The cost of acne scar treatments will vary depending on which treatment one is considering and if it is a part of a series of treatments or combinations of different procedure. It is best to come to our clinic to get the best quote.
Acne scars can be faded considerably, in their early stage (while they are still red), by a supervised home microneedling program, along with skin care and some prescription topical treatments.
The best home treatment for acne scars is to have a good skin care routine, that protects the skin, prevents excess dead skin cell build up and restores the natural moisturising of the skin and its barrier function.
One will generally find that skin care products that contain Salicylic Acid, Glycolic Acid, Retinoids, Barrier Repair Complexes, Sun Screens, Niacinamide; will be helpful. These, however, have to be used under medical supervision for optimum results.
The best lasers for acne scars are Fractional CO2 or Erbium lasers. Fractional Radiofrequency or MNRF is also a good treatment to try.
You will have to visit our clinic for us to evaluate the problem and then design the Best customised Acne Scar Treatment plan for you.
Most acne scar treatments are associated with some downtime, which will vary with their aggressiveness. We will discuss this during the consultation.
There are two levels of results that are evident during acne scar treatments, the immediate result that generally arises from the swelling post treatment and then a subtle ongoing improvement as the scar is broken down and new collagen develops.
This can only be decided on the basis of Individualistic program designed for a person by our doctor.
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