Acne scarring is a challenge to treat. While prevention is better than cure, Laser Dermatology offers a number of treatment options.
A number of treatment options are available for acne scarring. The best person to assess your needs and recommend appropriate treatment is a specialist dermatologist. In the first instance, it is important to control any active acne and a skin specialist is the right person to offer this treatment. The type of treatment selected should be the one that is best for you in terms of your type of skin, the type of scarring and what you want the treatment to accomplish.
Some things to consider when considering treatment are:
Before committing to treatment of acne scars, you should have a frank discussion with your dermatologist regarding those questions, and any others you feel are important. You need to tell the dermatologist how you feel about your scars. The dermatologist needs to conduct a full examination and determine whether treatment can, or should, be undertaken.
The objective of acne scar treatment is to give the skin a more acceptable physical appearance. Unfortunately, no laser treatment will restore acne scarred skin to the way it was before acne, but appropriately prescribed treatments usually improve the appearance of your skin.
Skin specialist Dr Philip Bekhor at Laser Dermatology believes the following three types of treatment, alone or in combination, may achieve the best improvement in acne scarring.
This exciting new laser technology is thought to stimulate collagen regeneration. Fraxel re:store® Dual laser treatments at four weekly intervals have shown significant improvement in both depressed and 'icepick' acne scars. These are both non-ablative laser treatments that produce mild redness after treatment but do not require prolonged recuperation.
More severe scarring may respond to ablative fractionated laser treatment with the Fraxel re:pair® laser.
Deeper acne scars may be 'anchored' by fibrous scar tissue. Using a fine sharp cutting needle, Dr Bekhor may be able to cut these fibres and release the depressed acne scar so the contrast is minimised.
Some types of acne scarring respond favourably to injection with hyaluronic acid injections (the same products used in wrinkle treatments). Although this acne scarring treatment needs to be repeated every nine to twelve months, it is often the treatment recommended by Dr Bekhor.