Cheshire Lasers often receives enquiries asking how we can help treat scarring and acne scars.
Scarring develops after trauma to the skin this can be due to an injury, post-surgery, or as a result of skin conditions such as acne.
Any type of acne spot can lead to scarring, but it’s more common when the most serious types of spots (nodules and cysts) burst and damage nearby skin.
Scarring can also occur if you pick your skin or squeeze a spot, so it’s important not to do this.
At Cheshire lasers we provide the following treatments for acne scarring:
Or a combination of two or three of the above treatments.
Microdermabrasion involves a deep exfoliation of the top layer of skin, your skin will look red after treatment but soon settles down.
This helps only superficial scars such as mild acne scarring.
You will need a course of treatments for best results.
Microneedling also known as skin needling, involves the use of small needles to cause tiny punctures in the skin. These small contact points encourage the body to create a wound healing response. The needling also can break down old scar tissue as well as stimulate the production of new skin cells. As the skin repairs, new collagen and elastin grow to give a smoother plumper skin surface.
Before and after 3 microneedling treatments for acne scarring.
Carboxytherapy is also a good treatment for treating acne scars. The tiny needle can be used to gently subcise deeper scars, this allows blood to pool under the affected area. The blood clot helps form connective tissue, which pushes up the rolling scar so it’s level with the rest of the surface of the skin. Carboxytherapy also increases blood flow and to the area promoting healing, reducing redness and also stimulating collagen and elastin production. The result is smoother fresher more healthy-looking skin.
Carboxytherapy can cause slight bruising but otherwise has very little downtime.
The following research paper compares carboxytherapy with microneedling.
At Cheshire Lasers, we sometimes combine microneedling with Carboxytherapy to achieve the best results.
Before and after 3 carboxytherapy treatments for acne scarring.
Other Treatments for Acne Scarring
The following treatments are also options for treating scars. These treatments are not available at Cheshire Lasers however we can recommend local clinics who provide them.
You can also consider Laser treatment to treat mild to moderate acne scarring. There are 2 types of laser treatment:
- ablative laser treatment – where lasers cause trauma to the skin and remove some of the scar tissue, to produce a new, smooth-looking area of skin. This treatment can have significant downtime.
- non-ablative laser treatment – where lasers are used to stimulate the growth of new collagen (a type of protein found in skin), which helps to repair some of the damage caused by scarring and improves the appearance
Punch techniques are surgical methods that can treat ice pick scars and boxcar scars. There are 3 types of punch technique:
- punch excision – used to treat mild ice pick scars. The scar is surgically removed, the wound is sealed leaving smoother and more even skin.
- punch elevation – used to treat boxcar scars. The base of the scar is surgically removed, leaving the sides of the scar in place. The base is then reattached to the sides, but lifted up so it’s level with the surface of the skin. This makes the scar much less noticeable
- punch grafting – used to treat very deep ice pick scars. As with a punch excision, the scar is removed, but the wound is “plugged” with a sample of skin taken from elsewhere on the body.
Subcision is a surgical treatment which can treat deep rolling scars. The upper layer of the skin is removed from the underlying scar tissue which allows blood to pool under the affected area. The blood clot helps form connective tissue, which pushes up the rolling scar so it’s level with the rest of the surface of the skin.
Once subscision has been completed, additional treatment are usually needed to further improve the appearance of the scar.