Fillers: Dermal fillers can be used to treat depressed acne scars. Dermal fillers will help to raise the indentations and volume loss caused by acne, creating a smoother appearance. Certain acne scars, such as rolling scars and some less defined boxcar scars can be effectively treated with dermal fillers.
Dermal fillers can effectively improve the look of acne scars. The results are seen immediately and can last for months, if not years, depending on the filler used. Dermal fillers are most suited to treating rolling and boxcar scars.
For broad, flat scars that are relatively small with a slight depression, we can use filler to fill the pock mark up. It’s not just the filler itself that helps minimize scars, it’s the technique used to insert it, too.
Dermal fillers work by raising the scars up to the surface of the skin, breaking scar tissue, and stimulating collagen production. It works on the following types of acne scars:
- Boxcar Acne Scars – These form skin indents and are reminiscent of chickenpox scars.
- Hypertrophic Acne Scars – These scars are raised above the skin’s surface.
- Ice Pick Acne Scars – These are narrow scars that create pits on your skin.
- Rolling Acne Scars – These are scars that depress the skin in a wave.
Lasers: Laser treatment for acne scars aims to minimize the appearance of scars from old acne outbreaks. Ninety-five percent trusted Source of people who have acne have some residual scarring.
Laser treatment for acne scars focuses light on the top layers of your skin to break up scar tissue. At the same time, the treatment encourages new, healthy skin cells to grow and replace the scar tissue.
While this treatment doesn’t completely remove acne scars, it can reduce their appearance and also minimize pain caused by them.
- First, heat from the laser works to remove the top layer of your skin where a scar has formed. As this top layer of your scar peels off, your skin appears smoother, and the appearance of the scar is less noticeable.
- As the scar tissue breaks apart, heat and light from the laser also encourage new, healthy skin cells to grow. Blood flow is drawn to the area by the heat of the laser, and inflammation is reduced as blood vessels in the scar are targeted.
- All of this combines to make scars look less raised and red, giving them a smaller appearance. It also promotes the healing of your skin.
Lasers for acne scarring tend to target your face. But the treatment can also be applied to other areas where acne scars tend to appear. Typical targeted treatment areas include:
- Upper torso