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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. In some cases, acne scars may fade over time, but in others, they may 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. You may be more likely to develop acne scars if you have a history of scarring from other injuries or conditions. Treatment for acne scars can vary depending on the severity and type of scarring. Some treatments, such as laser therapy or chemical peels, can help to reduce the appearance of scars. In severe cases, surgery may be necessary to remove the scar tissue.

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. For example, CO2 might be very effective but has longer downtime than the Fraxel laser. Dr. Alhallak will discuss these options and details during your essential consultation at Albany Cosmetic and Laser Centre in Edmonton.

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 $300
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 $300
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 new Fraxel isn’t very painful for most people; a mild prickling can be felt. We apply a topical anesthetic cream before the treatment, and now the machine comes with a Zimmer device that blows cold air on the skin as the laser works, making nerve endings less likely to hurt. The procedure doesn’t hurt very much. There are ways to lessen the pain. It’s very common for people who get microneedling to have red, itchy skin. Microneedling takes a long time to work, but research has shown that it is a safe and effective way to improve the skin’s health.
There should be no strenuous activity for about two weeks until the healing process is complete. A new layer of skin will cover the area you had surgery on in two weeks, at which point you can apply makeup and go about your daily routine.
Scars come in different depths and shapes, but some people are more likely to get certain types of scars than others. Your scars may be raised or depressed, large or small, deep or shallow, and spread across your body. Keloids, which are raised scars, are more likely to show up on the back or chest. There are also more raised scars on people of colour, even on their faces. Boxcar and rolling scars, as well as deeper icepick scars, usually only appear on the face. In most cases, the type and severity of the scars you have will help us to figure out which kind of treatment will work best for you. Those who have raised scars that are caused by too much collagen won’t be helped by treatments like microneedling, which are meant to make collagen grow. Treating scars that aren’t flat won’t help with raised scars, either. So, when you talk to a dermatologist about your treatment options, they’ll look at the type of scarring you have as one of the first things they look at.
If you have been taking Accutane (isotretinoin) for the last six months, do not have this procedure. You can’t use any exfoliants like retinol or all topical acne treatments for a week before surgery. These include glycolic acid, benzo peroxide, and hydroquinone. Don’t put on makeup, mascara, or eyeliner. Do not shave any hair in the area that needs to be cleaned. A man might have to shave two times. Don’t use a tanning bed six weeks before the laser treatment or get a tan. Please stay out of the sun and don’t get tanned for the healthiest skin possible. Tell us if you have had cold sores in the past because you might need to take an antiviral pill three days before your procedure.
The number of treatments required depends on the depth of the scarring and how the scarring affects your skin. When you come in for your consultation, we will have a look and feel and determine from there.
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.

Filler injections are used to raise depressed areas of skin caused by hypotrophic scarring from acne such as boxcar scars. At Albany Cosmetic and Laser Centre, we use hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers to plump up these areas of scarring to reduce the shadows they cast and give the skin a more even tone. The results are immediate and long-lasting, with most patients reporting noticeable improvement in the appearance of their scars after just one session.

Fractional laser resurfacing is a minimally invasive procedure that uses high-energy light beams to heat up the affected area and break down pigment concentrations in order to reduce the visibility of all types of acne scarring. This procedure causes microscopic wounds in the targeted area, which encourages collagen production and helps new tissue form over time. At Albany Cosmetic and Laser Centre, our lasers are designed specifically for treating facial skin conditions, including acne scars and deliver excellent results with minimal downtime.

A TCA cross is another popular treatment for acne scarring at Albany Cosmetic and Laser Centre. This involves using a fine needle to insert a small amount of trichloroacetic acid (TCA) into the skin in order to break down collagen in the scar and improve its appearance. TCA also stimulates the production of new collagen, which helps give your skin an even texture over time. It is important to note that this procedure may require multiple sessions for the best results.

Microneedling is another fantastic option available at our centre for treating acne scars, as it encourages natural healing processes within your skin while stimulating collagen production at the same time. Fine needles create micro-injuries on your face which stimulate collagen formation helping improve texture overall while reducing any discolouration due to scarring or hyperpigmentation caused by sun damage over time.

Subcision is another effective treatment offered at Albany Cosmetic and Laser Centre used to treat deeper types such as rolling or ice pick scars often caused by severe cases of cystic acne or other forms of trauma sustained when young. During this procedure, a fine needle is used under local anesthetic to break apart fibrous bands below your skin’s surface, which pull down on it creating depressions where acne has occurred previously; this then improves blood circulation in those areas resulting in healthier tissue regeneration which leads over time to improved texture overall due once again to increased collagen formation.

At Albany Cosmetic & Laser Centre, our specialists will work closely with you so you can find out what treatment plan works best for you based on your individual needs and goals! Our experienced team will take care of all aspects from beginning through completion, ensuring both comforts during treatments as well as desired results afterwards. Contact us today if you would like more information about how we can help reduce or eliminate the impact that acne scarring has had on your life!

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