Severe acne can cause scars, which are caused by damage to the dermis or deeper layers of the skin. New collagen fibers form to repair the damage, but the resultant tissue has a different texture and look from the original skin.
Types of Acne Scars
Acne scars fall into two main categories: atrophic and hypertrophic. Atrophic or depressed scars are sunken pits caused by tissue loss. The two most common types of atrophic scars that develop after a bout of acne are “icepick” and “boxcar” scars. Icepick scars are small, but visible holes in the skin, while boxcar scars are bigger and shallower. They resemble chicken pox scars.
Hypertrophic scars are caused by an overproduction of collagen. They are therefore raised rather than depressed or pitted. Keloids are an example.
How are Acne Scars Treated?
There are many ways to treat acne scars, and the method used will depend on the type of scar and what color it is. If the scar is pitted, the specialist will want to fill it in so that it is level with the rest of the skin. A raised scar will be flattened. Similarly, different lasers work best for acne scars of different colors.
What Happens During Laser Treatment?
During a typical laser treatment session, laser light is penetrated deep into the skin. The laser destroys pigmented cells and stimulates the growth of collagen. Targeting the pigment in the acne scars ensures that the laser does not affect the normal, surrounding skin. Cooling agents are also used in order to further protect the skin.
During treatment, the specialist can apply a topical anesthetic about an hour before using the laser in order to ensure patient comfort. The treatment time varies depending on the size of the site; treating the whole face may take around 30 minutes. Most patients need multiple sessions to get the desired results.
After treatment, the specialist may apply a bandage to the treatment site to protect it while it heals. The patient should avoid contact sports, swimming, saunas and hot baths during this healing period.
Say Goodbye to Your Acne Scars
If you are ready to be rid of your acne scars and reveal a new you, talk to the experienced team at SeaMist MedSpa in South Kingston to learn more about acne scar laser treatment and how it can benefit you. Contact us today to schedule your appointment to learn more!