There are at least 4 different types of acne scars of variable severity and therefore there is no single treatment to fix all of them. After the consultation, our clinicians will devise an effective treatment plan that is tailored for you.
The treatment plan is formulated after a thorough clinical assessment by your doctor and is based upon the following factors:
Medaesthetics®, is possibly the only clinic in WA to offer the following treatment options to address almost any type of facial scarring, under the one roof.
CO2 Fractional Skin Resurfacing – Fraxel Repair™
This is considered the gold standard in treating acne scars. It is excellent for improving mild to moderate depth Boxcar and Rolling Scars. It is also good for reducing the size of hypertrophic scars. However, it is not suitable for patients with dark skin as first-line therapy (due to the risk of hyperpigmentation) and not able to completely fix deep scars on its own. Downtime involves about 2 to 3 weeks of redness and peeling and is therefore not suitable for busy professionals who are unable to take time off work. The treatment takes about 15 minutes. The treatment area is anaesthetised for 40 minutes beforehand and most patients find it to be a very tolerable procedure. We often combine PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) treatment with this procedure to deliver maximum skin renewal and minimise downtime.
Erbium Fractional Skin Resurfacing- Alma Pixel™
Pros and cons are similar to the Fractional CO2 laser (described above) but it is considered to be less invasive than CO2, hence less downtime, less cost and lower risk of post inflammatory hyperpigmentation. Suitable for patients with slightly darker skin and mild to moderate scarring. 2 to 3 treatment sessions are needed over a period of several months. Downtime is about 5 to 10 days of redness and swelling. We often combine PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) treatment with this procedure to deliver maximum skin renewal and minimise downtime. At least 3 treatment sessions are recommended over a period of 6 to 8 months.
Full Field Erbium Skin Resurfacing- Sciton™Joule
This is not our first line of treatment. We use this treatment in conjunction with fractional skin resurfacing as a finishing touch procedure. It improves superficial scars, enlarged pores and provides an excellent anti-aging effect.
Sublative Radiowave Fractional Skin Resurfacing – Syneron eTwo™
The treatment of choice for patients with darker skin, including those of Indian, Asian, Middle Eastern and Hispanic descent. It is less expensive than Laser skin resurfacing and involves less downtime and fewer risks of any side effects. However, a minimum 3 treatments of sublative radio-wave are needed to see visible results. This is often combined with deep skin needling and TCA cross to deliver maximum results. Downtime is about 7 to 10 days of redness, swelling and bronzing (temporary brownish discolouration of skin which may last for a few days).
NON-LASER TREATMENTS FOR ACNE SCARS INCLUDE:
This is a procedure where the under surface of a scar is released/separated from the deeper skin layers to help the depressed/ indented area “lift up”. Subcision is the treatment of choice for all deep scars where the scarred tissue is tightly attached to the deeper skin. At Medaesthetics®, we routinely perform subcision procedure which is then followed by micro fat grafting and/or fractional laser skin resurfacing. The procedure is performed under local anaesthesia of the treated area. Downtime is a few days of swelling and bruising.
Subcision with suction
This technique combines subcision of depressed/ atrophic scars with several sessions of suction applied to the treated area over a period of 2, 3 weeks. This method is only useful for tackling mild to moderate atrophic scars. It is not useful for severe tissue atrophy where micro fat grafting remains the only treatment of choice to replenish tissue loss.
A radio-wave device is used to gently shave off the nodule-like hypertrophic scarred tissue to make the area smooth. This procedure is only used to treat large atrophic scars.
Cortisone (steroid) Injections:
Useful for advanced hypertrophic scars. Several sessions are needed.
Using 50%-100% TCA Solution. The procedure involves the application of the TCA into every single ice pick acne scar and enlarged pore to close it down by stimulating target skin growth in the treatment area. The procedure is performed after the application of topical anaesthetic cream and is well tolerated by all patients. It takes about 30 minutes to perform. We routinely combine TCA Cross with Full Field and Fractional Skin Resurfacing procedures to deliver optimum results. More than 3 treatment sessions are needed with 6 to 8 weeks interval in-between.
Micro Fat Grafting
Micro fat grafting is the gold standard in treating deep Rolling and Boxcar type acne scars. In fact, this is the treatment of choice for any skin trauma or condition where localised tissue is lost. Fat is harvested from inner knees or love handles and is gently injected into the skin under the scarred tissue (after submission). Stem Cells found in the fat work amazingly well for rejuvenating the skin. The procedure takes about 90 minutes and has a downtime of about 7 to 10 days of redness and swelling. It is done under local anaesthesia and well tolerated by patients. We routinely combine this procedure with other treatment options to treat deep scars.
Medical Skin Needling
Skin needling (including derma pens) is routinely advertised as a great treatment for Acne scars by many beauty salons. However, the needle size of at least 2 mm and above is required to treat mild to moderate depth scars and in our experience, this procedure delivers suboptimal results when performed alone and not combined with other treatment modalities mentioned above. We routinely combine Medical Skin Needling with TCA Cross, PRP and Fractional Lasers to treat all forms of acne scars. However, we usually talk our patients out of having this procedure for acne scars. As a stand-alone procedure, it is good for skin rejuvenation but not a good scar reduction option.
Scar Excision and closure
This procedure is reserved for a small number of acne scars which fail to respond to all above treatments. As a last measure, the scarred tissue is cut out using very fine scalpel after the area is completely numbed by local anaesthesia. Sutures are placed to close the wound and they stay in for about 5 days. Once the sutures are taken out, the area is treated with fractional skin resurfacing.
The cost of your Acne Scar Treatment program depends upon the type and extent of your scarring. Each patient is unique and requires a different treatment regimen. This is assessed during the initial consultation with the treating doctor. A treatment is mapped out for each client and the cost can be assessed at this time.
"Art, indeed, consists in the conception of the result to be produced before its realisation in the material." - Aristotle
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