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Acne Scar Treatment in Noida

What are acne scars?

Acne can be really disappointing but the scars that acne leaves behind are even more frustrating. The good news is that it can be treated. Acne can be a chronic (long-term) condition and leave stubborn scars. Due to tissue loss, acne scars can become sunken (depressed). They might resemble ice pick pits. They might be wavy or boxlike in texture, providing a wavy texture on the skin. These acne scars, also known as boxcar acne scars, are most commonly found on the face. Acne scars can also be raised as a keloid or hypertrophic scar due to extra tissue. They are most commonly found on the back, face and chest. They can also lead to the formation of colourful patches. In lighter skin, these blotches might be purplish, red, or pink. In darker areas, they might range from tan to dark brown.
 

What causes acne scars?

Acne scars are often products of papules, pustules or cysts. Acne scars occur when the hair follicles beneath the skin become clogged. Dead skin cells and oil block the pores, causing acne. Acne can appear anywhere on the body i.e. face, back, shoulders or chest. Most commonly it appears on the individual’s face. Once the acne goes away, the skin works to repair the damage which is caused due to deep blemish. Scarring occurs when the skin fails to repair the damage. Although collagen is created throughout the healing process, too much or too little collagen can cause acne scarring.
 

Types of Acne Scars

The first step behind treating acne scars is identifying what type of scar you have. This could be either one scar that can bother or a combination of different types of scars. Acne scars can be categorized into two different types i.e. Atrophic scars and Hypertrophic scars. When the body can not produce enough collagen, depressed scars (Atrophic scars) develop. This causes scars on the skin that resemble pits. Overproduction of collagen, on the other hand, causes elevated (Hypertrophic scars) acne scars. Excess collagen generates elevated acne scars that have a distinct texture than the rest of the skin. Acne Scar Treatment in noida available at Skinlogics can help with both types of scars.

Acne Scar Treatment

Atrophic scars are also referred to as “pitted” or indented acne scars and they go deep inside the skin. These scars generally occur on the cheeks, forehead or come from inflammatory acne. The three types of Atrophic scars are as below:

  • Rolling Scars: Rolling scars have slanting edges. They can be either shallow or deep but come from long-term inflammatory acne. It loses elasticity and fullness when the skin ages. Due to its rolling edges, the scars respond perfectly to the treatment.
  • Boxcar scars: These scars leave broad depressions in the skin, but the scar edges are well-defined. The edges are more difficult to cure since they are steeper and more distinct from the surrounding skin.
  • Ice Pick Scars: These deep, narrow scars resemble an ice-pick wound or an open, enlarged pore. Its the most challenging scar to treat because its the deepest Atrophic scar.

Atrophic scars respond to aggressive treatments in the best manner. Fractional CO2 laser treatment, Intense pulse light or IPL photofacial works effectively in smoothing Atrophic scars. But the effectiveness of the treatment will completely depend on the depth of the scar and the steepness of its edges.

Acne Scar Reduction

Elevated scars are most likely caused by a cyst. As the cystic acne heals, an excessive amount of scar tissue develops in its place. A thick, rubbery scar tissue (a keloid or hypertrophic scar) protrudes from the skin. These scars aren't as frequent as others, but they're found most usually on the chest, back, or jawline, where cystic acne is present. Elevated scars respond well to the treatment. Laser resurfacing is effective for smoothing raised scars. Below are several different types of elevated scars:

  • Hypertrophic scars are elevated scars with scar tissue limited to the original site of acne.
  • Keloidal scars are scars that exceed the site of original tissue injury and are formed in patients predisposed to keloids.
  • Papular scars that are tiny, elevated scars usually formed on the nose and chin.

Which is the best treatment for Acne Scars?

More often than not, acne scars can be really stubborn and no single treatment can provide desired results. The doctor at first analyses the skin condition of the patient, skin type and the severity of scarring, to decide the combination of treatments that will work the best for the patient's skin.
 

  • Home skin care: Use of sunscreen can lessen the contrast between the unscarred skin and the scar. The doctor probably suggests some creams containing azelaic acid or hydroxyl acids for not so severe scars.
  • Soft tissue fillers:This treatment requires injecting collagen, fat or some other substances to plump the skin over indented scars to make the scars less observable. The results for this treatment are temporary, therefore repeated sessions will be required. This method has less chances of change in skin color.
  • Steroid injection: In this method, steroids are injected in the skin to enhance and improve its appearance.
  • Laser resurfacing: This method is quite popular and is used to eliminate the damaged top skin layer as well as to build new collagen. Thus, a smoother & clearer skin surface is revealed. Repetitive sessions may be required for optimum results.
  • Dermabrasion: Individuals with severe scars are treated with Dermabrasion. The doctor removes the top layer of the skin with a brush or a device. The surface scars of the skin get entirely removed and the deeper scars become less observable.
  • Chemical Peel: The doctor applies a chemical solution to the scar in order to remove the top layer of the skin and lessen the appearance of the scars which are deeper in the skin. Mild to medium peels can be repeated to maintain the results of this treatment. You can only have one deep peel. Changes in skin tone, especially when deep peels are done on dark skin, are possible side effects.
  • Microneedling: It is done by using a needle-studded device which is rolled over the skin to stimulate collagen production in the underlying tissue by the doctor. It is considered to be a very simple, safe, and in all likelihood a successful method for treating acne scarring.
  • Subcision: It is a minor surgical procedure performed in a dermatologist’s office. It works the best for depressed scars as it involves inserting a tiny needle to break the fibrous bonds that hold the scar tissue down. Thus, eventually helping the skin become more leveled or smoother by promoting healthy tissue generation.

Who are the suitable candidates for Acne Scar Reduction Treatment?

  • To be an ideal candidate for this treatment, the patients should be in good health and set realistic goals for themselves.
  • Individuals having visible scarring on the face, neck, chest or back can opt for acne scar reduction treatment.
  • Some people are ready to live with their acne scars while others are embarrassed by them and let them affect their daily lives. So, if acne scarring is affecting a person’s social life and confidence, seeking medical treatment will be the right approach.

What results can be expected after Acne Scar Laser Treatment?

Any treatment should be approached with realistic expectations. Laser treatment will not completely remove the acne scars. The scars will be significantly less noticeable in the best-case scenario, but in most cases acne scars do not go away completely.

For a few weeks after the treatment, one has to be extra careful regarding the skin’s maintenance because the skin will be more prone to UV damage, so using sunscreen before leaving the house is essential. For the next 6 to 8 weeks, avoid going out too frequently in the sun as that will cause tanning. To help maximize the effects of the treatment, the doctor might suggest some additional skin care products, such as using a specific toner or moisturizer that will help make the skin more radiant.

To avoid any infection, one needs to keep the treated area clean. The skin might turn red for a few days after the treatment. One may also need to refrain from wearing cosmetics for a week or more, depending on the severity of the issues.

The treatment's results will not be apparent right away. But one will surely observe how effectively the treatment worked to decrease the look of acne scars in 7 to 10 days. The effects of acne scar treatment are long-lasting.

How to plan the acne scar reduction treatment?

One needs to make some lifestyle changes for the treatment of acne scars to be successful. This includes the following:

  • Avoid any blood-thinning supplement for two weeks prior to the procedure.
  • Avoid smoking again for two weeks prior to the procedure.
  • Avoid using skincare products which consist of retinol two weeks prior to the procedure.
  • One may also need to temporarily discontinue taking your acne treatment medications after the treatment.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Many people confuse acne marks with acne scars. While acne marks (red or brown spots/ hyperpigmentation) may go away on its own, acne scars (deep indentations in the skin/ uneven skin texture) rarely disappear on its own. If not treated timely it is possible that acne scars will remain for life. With dermatological treatments it is possible to restore the smooth skin texture and bid goodbye to acne scars. Although one needs to have patience as acne scar reduction with any treatment modality is likely to take time to show effects.

  • Acne should be treated as soon as it happens.
  • Inflammation should be reduced.
  • Pimples should not be touched
  • Don't pick at scabs.

There are several reasons why a scar may darken. If a scar was exposed to sunlight during the healing process, the scar tissue is likely to turn pigmented. Inflammation, poor healing, genetics and how it heals can all contribute to dark scars.

 Many women experience acne problems after pregnancy. This is very normal and occurs due to change in hormones. In some of the cases, the skin will return back to normal once the baby is born. For some, it might take time for the hormones to rebalance.

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