Acne scars fall into two main categories: those caused by a loss of tissue (atrophic scars), and those caused by an excess of tissue (hypertrophic scars). Within these categories, there are four main types of acne scars: ice pick, boxcar, rolling, and keloid scars.
Acne scars can be difficult to treat, and may require combined treatments to see real improvement. Unfortunately, over-the-counter products simply aren’t powerful enough to improve anything besides discoloration.
There are procedures, though, that can improve the look and texture of your skin. Your options depend on the type of scarring you have. Most people have more than one type of scarring on their skin, so you might need a few different treatments to see the best results.
Advanced skin rejuvenation treatments are combined to produce optimal results.
Fractional laser and Sublative & Sublime technologies for skin resurfacing and acne scars removal (radio-frequency energy or electrical as opposed to laser, which is light energy) to deliver an effective fractional and tightening treatment to reduce and remove acne scarring.
Sublime Skin Contouring (formerly known as ReFirme) is a treatment that combines infrared light with radiofrequency to firm skin as well as tightens lax skin.
The combo treatment is excellent for the skin of any color and has little downtime or disruption of daily activities. Discomfort is minimal.
The two together yield an improved skin surface regularity as well as firming and tightening.
Fractional is a treatment for those who would like to improve wrinkling and sagging of the skin, reducing pore size appearance, and diminish stretch marks or acne scarring.
The combination of laser energy and radiofrequency energy deeply heat layers of the skin while protecting the surface of the skin simultaneously. Medium to deep heating of the skin activates fibroblasts (deep skin cells) signaling new collagen to form and existing collagen to tighten, which could occur over a 1-3 months period.
The laser delivers an effective but controlled fractional treatment. Each pulse delivers the energy via a grid of matrix spots on the surface as well as just under the surface. Fibroblasts (skin cells that produce collagen) are activated within the treated zones signal collagen to regenerate and remodel, yielding improved skin tone and texture. The surrounding tissue of the untreated areas supports and accelerate the healing process of the skin.
The procedure is mildly uncomfortable. Side effects are redness and swelling after the procedure that lasts from hours to days, and occasionally even up to a week, depending on the body parts and required energy for each treatment.
Prior to treatment all potential risks and side effects will be discussed with you by your medical provider and cosmetic coordinator.
Most patients have redness and swelling for a few hours to 3 days after the treatment (on body parts may last longer). You may apply make-up to the treated area immediately after the rejuvenation procedure. Tiny crusts may develop and are present for a few days. Results develop over time and with subsequent treatments. Full results may be appreciated at three to six months following the last treatment.
At our clinic we combine fractional laser and mesotherapy to remedy acne scars.