Do you suffer from acne scars on your face or body? If you have painful or embarrassing scars that are hurting your self-confidence, learn more about the innovative treatments available and how they can help you get rid of acne scars for good.
How Do Acne Scars Form?
In short, when skin pores become filled with excess oils, bacteria and dead skin cells, they become inflamed and swollen. This can cause a break in the follicle wall. If the break is deep enough, the infected material will spill out, causing deep lesions in the surrounding tissue. This creates an immediate response in your immune system, as the skin attempts to repair the lesion by forming collagen. As your immune system goes into overdrive to protect you, an oversaturation of collagen occurs in the area. And too much collagen is what causes scarring to form as a mass of raised tissue on the skin’s surface, This type of scarring is called hypertrophic or keloid scarring. When there is a loss of tissue two common types of scarring can form “Icepick” (oval, small holes in the skin) and “Boxcar” (oval, similar to chickenpox scars).
How Is Acne Scarring Effectively Treated?
There are a number of innovative, highly effective treatments that you can try to improve the appearance of acne scars. Here are the most popular:
Genesis lasering is a miracle treatment for acne scarring. This non-invasive, non-ablative treatment uses a single wavelength to deliver heat directly to the dermal layer of the skin in order to activate the collagen. As collagen is produced, it goes to work, healing the skin and healing the scar tissue. The Pearl, ablative treatment, provides an epidermal renewal procedure that addresses superficial skin imperfections.
Dermal fillers can be used for much more than just plumping up sagging skin. It can also be used to treat and correct acne scarring. Indented scars can be gently plumped up, giving it the appearance of a more even finish. Collagen development also naturally happens as a response to the injection site, aiding in the healing process. Fillers can also be combined with other treatments, including microneedling, laser and PRP.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
It’s also entirely possible to use your own body’s natural rejuvenating properties to heal your acne scars. Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) uses 10 ml of your own blood to be injected into the skin to stimulate a stem cell response. Your body is basically tricked into thinking there is an injury at the site that needs to be healed, which causes it to produce more natural collagen levels and grow new blood vessels. This response can greatly improve one’s complexion and restore the damaged skin. Best of all, PRP can be combined with other treatment methods to speed up the healing process.
This completely safe, painless treatment method also can be used to get rid of acne scars and greatly improve the appearance of your skin. The device simply makes tiny, pain-free punctures in the skin to create a micro-wound. This triggers the body to produce collagen and elastin in the area, deep within the dermis. The result – skin rejuvenation and the reduction of acne scarring.
Microdermabrasion is a form of non-invasive exfoliation of the skin used to renew skin tone and texture. It’s often used to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, but it’s also a proven treatment for sun damage and acne scars. The latest innovative form of microdermabrasion is the SilkPeel™ Dermalinfusion™. This non-invasive treatment method delivers topical solutions to the membrane to minimize any excess collagen buildup. By way of a diamond tip head, abrades are evenly distributed at an exact depth to exfoliate damaged skin cells and precisely deliver the topical solutions. The effects help to reduce scarring and encourage the production of a new layer of skin cells with enhanced levels of collagen and elastin, leaving you with more youthful-looking skin.
You don’t have to live in embarrassment or isolation because of the condition of your skin. Get the help you need by contacting us today at the Ottawa Vein & Cosmetic Medical Clinic to set up your first appointment. One of our skilled clinicians will evaluate your skin and help you find the right treatment method that will provide you with the best results.