SCARS (Acne Scarring, Keloids)
There are several types of scarring. The most common types of scars include acne scars and keloids.
People of all ages can experience scarring. Many people who have experienced severe acne can be left with acne scarring. Scarring is a permanent condition, but acne scar removal treatments performed by a dermatologist can effectively improve their appearance.
A keloid is another type of scarring that can occur in response to a wound in the skin. A keloid develops when excess collagen forms during healing and is common on the earlobes, shoulders, and chest.. This type of scar is typically thick, lumpy or raised and can have symptoms of pain and itching which can be treated with prescription creams or injections.
Microneedling: Microneedling is an effective way to reduce the visibility of scars and is especially popular as an acne scar treatment. The treatment helps change the scar collagen into new healthy normal collagen leading to improvement in the appearance of the acne scarring
A study published in the “Dermatologic Surgery Journal” in 2016 found that microneedling is an effective procedure that gets rid of acne-related scarring. The study reports that the recovery time is markedly less and there are fewer side effects compared to other treatments for the same conditions.
Fractional CO2 Laser: This laser can be used to help correct acne scarring by breaking up the scar collagen and creating new healthy skin collagen. In many instances, this type of treatment can provide 30% to 50% improvement of the acne scarring after just one session. While results do vary, most will find improved results 6 months after 2-3 sessions.