Acne Scars Classifications
There are many types of acne scars, and each type requires a different treatment approach. The best way to determine which treatment is right is to consult with professionals at Albany Cosmetic and Laser Centre. At our practice, we offer a variety of acne scar treatments, including laser resurfacing, microneedling, and fillers. Please call us today to discuss your options or schedule a consultation.
Ice pick scars are small, deep holes in the skin caused by tissue loss. The most common type of scarring can occur on the face, chest, back, or other body areas. Ice-pick scars are usually the result of acne or another type of injury.
While they can be difficult to treat, there are several options available. TCA cross-chemical peel is the most effective treatment for ice-pick scars. In addition, several home remedies can help to reduce the appearance of scars. These include aloe vera, vitamin E, and cocoa butter. With so many options available, there is no reason to live with ice-pick scars.
A boxcar scar is a type of atrophic scar that commonly occurs on the face. Depressed areas of skin with sharp vertical edges characterize it. Various factors, including acne, chickenpox, and trauma, can cause boxcar scars.
Treatment options for boxcar scars include microdermabrasion, laser resurfacing, punch excision, and filler injections. While boxcar scars can be difficult to treat, many effective options are available to improve the appearance of the skin.
Rolling scars are a type of scarring that can occur after an injury. They are usually caused by the skin being stretched or torn, which damages the underlying tissue. Rolling scars typically appear as raised, reddish lines on the skin.
However, over time they may become less visible. If you have rolling scars, you can improve their appearance with laser therapy, microdermabrasion, and fillers. In some cases, surgery may also be an option. Talk to your doctor about the best treatment option for you.
Hypertrophic scars are the most difficult types of Acne Scars. They are a type of scar that can occur after injury or surgery. They are raised and thickened and often appear red or purple. Hypertrophic scars differ from keloids, which are raised scars extending beyond the original injury’s boundaries.
Although hypertrophic scars are not usually harmful, they can be unsightly and cause psychological distress. Treatment options for hypertrophic scars include intralesional corticosteroids, silicone gel sheeting, pressure dressings, and laser therapy. In some cases, surgery may be necessary to remove the scar tissue. With proper treatment, hypertrophic scars can be minimized and even prevented.
Keloid scars are raised scars that can occur after any skin injury, including surgery, burns, and Piercing. An overgrowth of collagen causes keloids at the site of the injury. They can vary in size and shape and can be itchy or painful.
In some cases, keloids can interfere with joint movement. While keloids are more common in people with darker skin tones, they can occur in anyone. There is no guaranteed way to prevent keloids, but treatment options are available if they do occur. Surgery is typically used to remove keloids, but injections and topical treatments can also be effective. The decision to treat a keloid is usually based on its size, location, and symptoms.
In most cases, keloids are not a medical concern and do not require treatment. However, some people prefer to treat them for cosmetic reasons. Treatment options will be discussed with you if you decide to reduce the appearance of your keloid scar.
Acne scar treatment options
Acne scars can be a source of insecurity and embarrassment, especially for those suffering from moderate to severe acne. Several treatment options are available, each with its benefits and risks. One popular option is laser resurfacing, which uses a focused beam of light to remove the top layer of skin, revealing smoother skin underneath.
Another common treatment is punch excision, in which a small punch removes the scarred tissue, which is then replaced with a skin graft. For those looking for a less invasive option, microdermabrasion uses fine-grade sandpaper to gently sand away the top layer of skin, revealing the healthier skin below.