Acne Scar Treatment

1. Acne scarring occurs in the dermis, which is the area of skin immediately below the surface that acts somewhat like a cushion. When people suffer with acne, the dermis becomes inflamed as the body attempts to repair the wound created when scaly skin, pimples or blackheads are burst or otherwise removed.

2. In more severe cases, the body can effectively put "too much effort" into dealing with the wound, meaning that there is an excess of collagen built up. This collagen may stay in place permanently, creating the scarring. This scarring often occurs in a way that creates a pit in the skin, sometimes known as an ice pick scar.

3. In some cases the result is not a true scar, but simply an excess of pigmentation. This may fade away over a few months or years, but generally isn't permanent as with other acne scars.

Laser Acne Treatment

  • There is a particularly wide range of acne treatments when compared with other cosmetic medical treatment. They all work towards the same goal of removing the external layers of the scar tissue cells, leaving the scar either heavily faded or completely removed.
  • There are three main categories of treatment. Skin peels and chemical peels use materials designed to force the body to shed the surface cells. Microdermabrasion uses tiny crystals to physically remove the cells as well as unclogging pores, this treatment is particularly good for treating acne itself as well as the scars. Laser treatment such as Isolaz can also remove the surface cells: it is specially targeted so that it won't cause damage to ordinary, healthy skin cells.
  • Which treatment is best will depend on the extent of the scarring, the desired results, and the skin type of the patient. For this reason, a consultation is offered with trained and experienced skin experts to help the patient decide. In some cases, combining multiple treatments may have the best effect.

Acne Scar Treatment FAQs

How will I feel during treatment?

There may be some very mild discomfort but anaesthetic cream can be used to treat this if necessary.

Is this the right treatment for me?

Laser therapy and microdermabrasion are effective for virtually everybody. If there are any issues with your suitability for treatment, your sk:n specialist will discuss these with you.

What happens afterwards?

The DKS Clinique' after care package is specially put together to provide everything you need to look after your newly treated skin. Use it to ensure that you get the best results after your treatment.