Different Acne Scar Treatments and Removal Techniques
Once acne scars have formed, there are several ways of removing them. These range in cost and effectiveness and it is important to do your research.
Laser Acne Scar Treatment
If the scars are extensive but not too deep, and the acne is no longer active, laser treatment is a possibility. However, it is costly in private clinics, requiring a skilled medical professional. If you are considering it, discuss it with your doctor first.
Collagen Injections to Treat Acne Scars
Some specialist clinics use collagen injections to plump out flat ‘tissue-paper’ scars and pitted ‘ice-pick’ scars. But we have all seen bad collagen injection results in celebrities, so use with caution.
Liquid nitrogen/steroid injection.
Lumpy cysts can sometimes be treated by freezing with liquid nitrogen or injecting with triamcinolone steroid. These are not treatments for scars.
Dermabrasion or Microdermabrasion for Scar Removal
Dermabrasion, ‘planing down’ of the skin using a high-speed wire brush, used to be a common method of dealing with acne scars. It is no longer used very often because of the risk of infection.
Silicone sheets. You can buy silicone sheets (‘silicone skin’) from pharmacies. You may have to ask your pharmacist to order them. You apply the sheet to your skin like a face mask. It is claimed that this can help lumpy scars, but its effectiveness is questionable.
Scars which are deep and disfiguring can sometimes be cut out by a plastic surgeon.
Micro Needling as an Effective Acne Scar Removal Method
This development has only recently been made available and this method is possible to carry out within your own home. Visit our Derma Roller FAQ page for more information. Micro needling of the skin effectively promotes the formation of collagen in the skin and is effective on the more common types of scarring. This technique is also used for the reduction of other types of scars including stretch marks.
Research from 2006 (which included tissue biopsies) has shown that a single micro needling session can encourage up to a 1000% increase in collagen levels in the skin, making it appear younger, healthier, more elastic and even textured. Read about how the Scientia Derma Roller can be used in the home for amazing results! Or visit our Derma Roller Before and After Pictures page.
Posted by: euzoia | March 3, 2010
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