Acne Scar Treatments
At Distinct we offer a variety of acne scar treatments. Acne scars present differently in each individual. All treatment plans are highly customized depending on the amount and type of acne scars you have. Treatments are geared to reduce the appearance of the scars and improve the overall skin quality. The goal for acne scar treatments is an improvement not a cure. We are committed to restoring your confidence back in your facial appearance.
What are the different types of acne scars?
There are many different types of acne scars such as boxcars, rolling scars, atrophic scars, ice pick scars, hypertrophic scars and hyperpigmented (red and brown) scars.
- Boxcar scars can be described as a broad depression with a sharp defined edge.
- Rolling scars often present as a broad depression with a sloping edge appearance.
- Atrophic scars are flat, thin scars or depressed scars
- Ice-pick scars also known as pitted scars are deep and narrow scars.
- Hypertrophic scars are thick, raised and lumpy scars
- Hyperpigmented scars are brown or red in colour
How to get rid of acne scars?
Each type of scar may require a different treatment modality and often in collaboration with other treatments. Treatment considerations include skin type (colour and ethnicity), amount and degree of scarring and the presence of active acne. Acne scar reduction is a process and may take up to 1 year of combination therapies to achieve desirable results. Treatments may include chemical application, energy-based devices and possibly surgical excision.
What Acne Scar Treatment Options are available?
- Subcision: Subcision can be performed using a nokor needle or blunt tip cannula. The cannula is inserted below the dermis in a linear and fanning motion to break up the tethered scars and adhesions that formed from old cystic type acne. This technique may help the appearance of rolling scars, atrophic and depressed scars. This is an advanced technique that should only be performed by a provider with advanced experience treating acne scars.
- Bellafill: Bellafill injections are used to raise depressed, atrophic and rolling scars. Bellafaill is a semi-permanent injectable gel that adds volume to a depressed scar and replaces the lost volume to the injured area. This injectable procedure also stimulates collagen to improve the overall texture and skin quality. Injectables are performed in stages, typically 3 months a part. Visit Bellafill to learn more about this procedure.
- Morpheus8: Morpheus8 is a semi-ablative radio frequency microneedling procedure commonly used for boxscar acne scars, enlarged pores, post inflammatory hyperpigmentation, texture issues and hypertrophic acne scars. Morpheus8 resurfacing creates controlled micro injuries to the skin at controlled depths. The textural changes on the surface of the skin 1mm in depth and provides deep thermal coagulation 2-4mm causing deep tissue remodelling. The energy levels and depth are adjusted according to the severity of the scarring. A series of treatments are often required and in combination with other modalities for optimal results.
- TCA Cross: uses Trichloroacetic Acid Chemical applied topically to the skin during an in office procedure to facilitate the Reconstruction acnes scars. This acne scarring treatment method in which the chemical TCA is applied directly into the ice pick scars, creating micro wounds that scab and ultimately heal to generate new skin in it’s place. TCA is a highly concentrated chemical, that comes in different strength. During the procedure, it is applied with a toothpick to the crater of each scar, prompting an immediate “frosting” effect. The chemical activates and burns the base of the scar, causing the scar to cave in on itself, triggering gradual collagen formation, prompting a controlled micro-scab to form, and remodeling the skin.
- Lumecca: IPL Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatments may be an effective solution for those suffering from mild to moderate inflammatory acne. IPL may help in clearing up pustules and active inflammation. IPL for acne scars has the added benefit of improving the appearance of the red and brown spots on the skin. During an IPL treatment short pulses of intense light are emitted from an applicator onto your skin. To treat the active acne, specific wavelengths of light target bacteria in the skin, as well as inflamed sebaceous glands that contribute to breakouts. IPL energy at various wavelengths can selectively destroy the hyper-pigmented cells and blood-filled capillary veins. Most patients require a series of treatments 3-4 weeks apart. This procedure is safer for skin types I-III. Visit Lumecca to learn more.