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Acne Scarring

Acne Scarring Treatments in Edmonton Complete Guide

The Albany Cosmetic and Laser Centre in Edmonton have helped thousands of people with severe acne scars, as we offer a variety of advanced treatments that complement each other. These treatments range from laser resurfacing with the latest technologies to advanced chemical peels, subcision and fillers.

  • The laser resurfacing techniques are designed to help stimulate collagen production, restore tone and texture, reduce sun damage and improve scarring from acne.
  • For clients looking for more dramatic results, our TCA CROSS chemical peel treatments can help icepicks and deep scars.
  • Injections, with or without subcision, are used to smooth out deep wrinkles or pitted scars, while fillers can be used to plump up areas affected by scarring.
  • Microneedling treatments can increase natural collagen production while also reducing discolouration, redness and uneven skin tones due to acne scarring.
  • Hydrafacial is a technique used to remove the outermost layers of skin so that any blemishes can be smoothed out. This treatment is particularly effective in pigmented and modular scars.

At Albany Cosmetic and Laser Centre in Edmonton, we are proud to offer a free consultation with one of our esteemed medical director, Dr. Alhallak (Ph.D. in Pharmacy). During this consultation, patients can discuss their concerns and goals related to acne scarring and get customized advice from Dr. Alhallak on the type of treatment that is best for them. This free consultation provides patients with a comprehensive understanding of their condition and potential treatment options available to them at our centre.

Everything You Need to Know About Treating and Reducing the Appearance of Acne Scars

What are acne scars?

Acne scars are marks left behind on the skin after an acne breakout. They can take many different forms, from deep pits to raised bumps. Superficial acne scars may fade over time, but deep scars could be permanent. Various factors can contribute to the development of acne scars, including genetics, inflammation, and the type of acne lesions. Acne scars are most commonly caused by inflamed pimples, as the inflammation can damage the skin and lead to scarring.

Types of acne scars

Acne scars can take many forms such as atrophic, hypertrophic or keloids, but the three most common of atrophic scars:

  • Icepick scars are small, deep holes in the skin that look like they were made with a sharp object.
  • Rolling scars are wider and less deep than icepick scars, with sloping edges that give them a rolling appearance.
  • Boxcar scars are similar to rolling scars but have sharper, more defined edges.

Most people have a combination of the three atrophic acne scars, especially on the cheek area, along with some darkening in and around scars (modular scars). All three types of acne scarring can be difficult to treat, but with the right medical intervention, it is possible to improve the appearance of the skin significantly.

Exploring the Different Types of Acne Scarring &Treatment Options

What are the Best Acne Scars Treatment in Edmonton?

To properly treat these scars, it is important first to analyze and understand their underlying causes. With the right tools and techniques, however, it is possible to treat even the most stubborn acne scars effectively using a comprehensive treatment plan.We do not use a single treatment for acne scars but rather a combination of approaches to address even the most difficult issues. As a result, when developing a treatment plan for acne scars, we must consider several factors, such as scar type and depth, location, severity, skin type, downtime, and budget.

Learn About The Cost of Different Treatment Options To Improve the Appearance of Scars

Acne scars treatments depend on the scars’ type, depth, and location. Moreover, skin tone plays an important factor.

Treatment Type Service Cost
Eclipse Microneedling pen $400
TCA Chemical Peel $450
Fractora RF Microneedling $600
Fraxel Laser (full face) $900
Fotona Fractional Laser (full face) $1,200
Radiesse and Microneedling $1,200
Subcision and Bellafill $1,800

Learn About The Cost of Different Treatment Options To Improve the Appearance of Scars

Acne scars treatments depend on the scars’ type, depth, and location. Moreover, skin tone plays an important factor.

Treatment Type Service Cost
Eclipse Microneedling pen $400
TCA Chemical Peel $450
Fractora RF Microneedling $600
Fraxel Laser (full face) $900
Fotona Fractional Laser (full face) $1,200
Radiesse and Microneedling $1,200
Subcision and Bellafill $1,800

Understand Your Choices for Treating Unsightly Acne Scarring

Acne Scar Treatment Summary

Session Durations

Each session takes 45 to 120 min depending on the area and depth of the scars.

Downtine time

Some treatments might bruise in one to seven days, which can last ten to fourteen days.

Session Numbers

Most patients require 3 to 4 sessions.

Level of Discomfort

Some more invasive treatments, such as Fractional laser and RF Microneedling, are more painful than others. We offer several methods to make it easier for our patients.

Session Frequency

We schedule invasive treatments such as Fractional laser and RF Microneedling for eight to twelve weeks apart.
Treatment Results
Patients start noticing results two weeks after the first treatment and the best after eight weeks of the last treatment.

Acne Scars Treatment FAQs

The level of pain associated with acne scar removal can vary depending on the type of treatment used. Some treatments, such as HydraFacial, may cause only mild discomfort or a tingling sensation during the procedure. Other treatments, such as dermabrasion and laser resurfacing, may cause more significant pain or discomfort, but are typically performed under local anesthesia or a sedative to minimize pain.
The amount of downtime needed after acne scar treatment significantly vary according to the type of treatment used. In general, recovery time can take around 2-7 days, depending on the depth of treatment. With Fraxel laser, You may experience redness, swelling, and itching, but these side effects usually resolve within 2 days. A more invasive ablative laser resurfacing, such as CO2, recovery time can take around 5-7 days, depending on the depth of treatment.It’s worth noting that recovery time can vary from person to person, and it’s important to follow the aftercare instructions provided by the practitioner to minimize any potential complications and to achieve the best results.
Choosing the best treatment for acne scars depends on several factors such as the type and severity of the scars and the patient skin type. We design a specific protocol for each patient according to their unique conidition
  • It is important to avoid sun exposure and tanning, both natural and artificial, for several weeks before and after treatment.
  • Certain medications, retinoids, and antibiotics can increase the risk of complications or make the skin more sensitive to treatment. It’s important to inform us of any medications you are taking before the treatment.
  • Smoking may increase the risk of complications. It’s best to stop smoking at least one week before and after treatment.
  •  Cleanse your skin thoroughly before the treatment to remove any makeup, oils, and impurities.
The number of sessions required for acne scar treatment can vary depending on the type of treatment and the severity of the scars. Some treatments may require multiple sessions to achieve the desired results, while others may only require one session.
  • Medium peels: usually, only one or two sessions are required to improve the appearance of moderate to severe acne scars, as well as hyperpigmentation.
  • Fractional laser resurfacing and Microneedling: Usually, 3-5 sessions at 4-6 weeks intervals are required to achieve optimal results.
  • Subcision: Usually, 2-3 sessions at 4-6 weeks intervals are required to achieve optimal results.
  • Injections: Usually, 2-3 sessions are required to achieve optimal results.
It’s important to note that the results of the treatment may not be immediately visible and that the recovery process may take several weeks. Additionally, the number of sessions can vary from person to person, so it’s important to have a personalized treatment plan developed by us
Yes. After the initial consultation, we will design a treatment plan to address all your concerns.

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comparing different acne treatments

Fractionl non-ablative laser

Fractional non-ablative laser is a treatment for acne scars that employs specific wavelengths to produce new collagen through its thermal effect. We offer Fraxel Dual, as it is the best fractional non-ablative laser for scar correction, including surgical and acne scars. Fraxel employs two lasers to resurface superficial and coagulate deep skin layers. There is no bleeding or risk of infection with Fraxel, but it might cause redness and swelling that last for five days.

Microneedling

Microneedling treatments are an effective way to treat deep acne scars. The process stimulates collagen production in the underlying tissue. This, in turn, will help reduce scars over time because of this newly formed skin and increased elasticity.People may experience some redness or inflammation following the treatment, but these side effects disappear once the treatment starts working properly. We offer two types of microneedling, Fractora, which is an RF fractional microneedling and the Eclipse microneedling pen.

Subcision

Subcision is a type of minor procedure used to treat rolling acne scars. This treatment involves using a small needle to break up the fibrous bands causing the scarring. Subcision can be performed as an outpatient procedure, often combined with other treatments such as lasers or fillers. The main benefit of subcision is that it can significantly improve the appearance of rolling scars. In addition, subcision can also help improve the skin’s overall texture and reduce the appearance of pores. For these reasons, subcision is often considered an effective treatment for rolling acne scars, especially when combined with dermal fillers.

Fractionl ablative laser

Ablative laser treatment for acne scars uses a device that emits laser energy in specific wavelengths and very short pulses. The heat from the laser vaporizes tiny amounts of tissue, which results in the formation of a small “wound.” As the wound heals, new collagen is produced, which helps improve the scar’s appearance. Fractional ablative laser treatment is a newer therapy that uses lower energy levels and treats a smaller skin area. This allows for quicker healing and less discomfort than traditional ablative treatments. Several sessions are usually required for optimal results. Ablative lasers are more aggressive than non-ablative lasers and might be associated with longer downtime and side effects. The CO2 and Er:Yag fotona laser

Bellafill

Bellafill is an FDA-approved and Health-Canada-approved dermal filler that can help to improve the appearance of acne scars. Unlike other fillers, Bellafill stimulates the growth of new collagen, which helps improve the skin’s structure. In addition, the microspheres in Bellafill support the new collagen, helping to create a more durable foundation for the skin. As a result, Bellafill can provide long-lasting improvements for patients who are struggling with the effects of acne scars.

TCA CROSS

A TCA cross is a chemical peel that involves using a fine needle to insert a small amount of trichloroacetic acid (TCA) into the skin. This helps to break down the collagen in the scar, which helps to improve its appearance. In addition, the TCA also stimulates the production of new collagen, further improving the scar’s appearance. Most people who undergo TCA cross see a significant improvement in the appearance of their scars within a few months. In addition, TCA cross is an affordable and relatively low-risk treatment option, making it an ideal choice for those seeking to improve the appearance of their icepick acne scars.

Fractionl non-ablative laser

Fractional non-ablative laser is a treatment for acne scars that employs specific wavelengths to produce new collagen through its thermal effect. We offer Fraxel Dual, as it is the best fractional non-ablative laser for scar correction, including surgical and acne scars. Fraxel employs two lasers to resurface superficial and coagulate deep skin layers. There is no bleeding or risk of infection with Fraxel, but it might cause redness and swelling that last for five days.

Fractionl ablative laser

Ablative laser treatment for acne scars uses a device that emits laser energy in specific wavelengths and very short pulses. The heat from the laser vaporizes tiny amounts of tissue, which results in the formation of a small “wound.” As the wound heals, new collagen is produced, which helps improve the scar’s appearance. Fractional ablative laser treatment is a newer therapy that uses lower energy levels and treats a smaller skin area. This allows for quicker healing and less discomfort than traditional ablative treatments. Several sessions are usually required for optimal results. Ablative lasers are more aggressive than non-ablative lasers and might be associated with longer downtime and side effects. The CO2 and Er:Yag fotona laser

Microneedling

Microneedling treatments are an effective way to treat deep acne scars. The process stimulates collagen production in the underlying tissue. This, in turn, will help reduce scars over time because of this newly formed skin and increased elasticity.People may experience some redness or inflammation following the treatment, but these side effects disappear once the treatment starts working properly. We offer two types of microneedling, Fractora, which is an RF fractional microneedling and the Eclipse microneedling pen.

Bellafill

Bellafill is an FDA-approved and Health-Canada-approved dermal filler that can help to improve the appearance of acne scars. Unlike other fillers, Bellafill stimulates the growth of new collagen, which helps improve the skin’s structure. In addition, the microspheres in Bellafill support the new collagen, helping to create a more durable foundation for the skin. As a result, Bellafill can provide long-lasting improvements for patients who are struggling with the effects of acne scars.

Subcision

Subcision is a type of minor procedure used to treat rolling acne scars. This treatment involves using a small needle to break up the fibrous bands causing the scarring. Subcision can be performed as an outpatient procedure, often combined with other treatments such as lasers or fillers. The main benefit of subcision is that it can significantly improve the appearance of rolling scars. In addition, subcision can also help improve the skin’s overall texture and reduce the appearance of pores. For these reasons, subcision is often considered an effective treatment for rolling acne scars, especially when combined with dermal fillers.

TCA CROSS

A TCA cross is a chemical peel that involves using a fine needle to insert a small amount of trichloroacetic acid (TCA) into the skin. This helps to break down the collagen in the scar, which helps to improve its appearance. In addition, the TCA also stimulates the production of new collagen, further improving the scar’s appearance. Most people who undergo TCA cross see a significant improvement in the appearance of their scars within a few months. In addition, TCA cross is an affordable and relatively low-risk treatment option, making it an ideal choice for those seeking to improve the appearance of their icepick acne scars.

Acne Scarring Treatments at Albany Cosmetic and Laser Centre In Edmonton

Albany Cosmetic and Laser Centre provides a comprehensive range of treatments for acne scarring. Our highly trained professionals will work with you to develop an individualized treatment plan that meets your goals.

At Albany Cosmetic and Laser Centre, we understand that acne scars can be distressing for many people and can have a negative impact on their self-confidence. That is why we offer a number of effective treatments to help reduce the appearance of acne scars, including filler injections, laser resurfacing, chemical peels, microneedling and subcision.

Read about different acne scars typs, treatment benefits, possible side effecrs, aftercare and more

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