There is a significant difference between acne ‘marks’ and acne ‘scars’.
Acne marks are superficial discolourations of the skin without any change in the smoothness of the skin.
They are the dark, flat spots that remain after the pimple has healed.
Acne scars are a result of intense inflammation that happens in severe acne cases which are not properly treated on time.
Scarring is a structural change. It can either be ‘Atrophic’, which is thin and gives a scooped-out appearance or it can be ‘Hypertrophic’, which is thick and projects above the plane of the skin. Acne scar treatment is challenging and no single approach gives satisfactory results.
A combination of treatments is required for the best long term outcome. Even then, patients are cautioned that they must not expect 100% perfect skin. Multiple sessions are required over several months and adverse effects depend on the treatment protocol.
A treatment is meticulously personalized and promising results have been obtained by combining two or more of the following treatments.
ACNE SCAR TREATMENTS
Microneedling with dermapen or dermaroller
Microneedle Radio Frequency (MNRF) technology
Chemical peels (TCA cross technique)
Intralesional injections – for hypertrophic scars
Ablative lasers (Eg. CO2 laser)
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