Acne Scars

Acne Scar Treatment in Hyderabad

Around 80% of individuals aged 11 to 30 experience acne, with approximately one in five of these people developing acne scars on their bodies. Dealing with acne breakouts can be distressing as they often leave behind lasting scars. Nonetheless, it is essential to note that these acne scars are not necessarily permanent. While some may naturally fade over time, others may require medical interventions to help in the healing process.

Different types of acne scars

It’s possible that you have one of the following types of acne scars if you have it:

1. Atrophic or depressed scars

Ice pick: This type of acne scar resembles a tool, with a broad aperture at the top that narrows to a point as it penetrates further into the skin. Although this kind of scar is common, it is also one of the hardest to heal. Where the skin is thinner, as on your forehead and upper cheekbones, you’ll locate them.

Rolling: On the lower cheeks and jaw, where the skin is thicker, these kinds of acne scars can be seen. The skin appears uneven and wavelike due to the indents’ angled edges.

Boxcar: Boxcar scars are indents that have sharp edges that go down deep into the skin. These scars are generally visible on the lower cheeks and the jaw.

2. Hypertrophic or Keloid Scars

These types of acne scars can be found on the chest, back, shoulders, and jawline. They cause a lot of pain and can be itchy at times.

Best acne scar treatments at Dr. Samatha Clinic

Acne scars can sometimes be stubborn, and no single acne treatment is suitable for all. At Dr. Samantha Clinic, the acne scar treatment in Hyderabad might consider one or more of the following procedures to improve the appearance of the face and reduce acne scars:

Home skincare: Some OTC creams that contain azelaic acid or hydroxyl acids might help to reduce acne scars. Although consulting a dermatologist to understand better and learn about the most suitable topical creams is the right way to go.

Soft tissue fillers: The scars become less noticeable if collagen or some other substances are injected into the skin to make it plump. The results are often temporary, so repeated sessions are needed to maintain the results. This method has less risk of changes in skin color.

Steroid injection: Injecting steroids into raised scars can improve the appearance of the skin, resulting in a smoother skin surface. Steroids are also helpful in dealing with skin inflammation and reducing redness or itching.

Dermabrasion: The top layer of the skin gets removed, thereby completely extracting the surface scars. And, the scars which are present deep inside the pores become less noticeable. This is suitable even for severe types of scars.

Laser resurfacing: This method is progressively becoming popular and is often used on scars that were once treated with dermabrasion. In this method, a fractional CO2 laser is commonly used, which is an ablative laser meaning that it affects the topmost layer of the skin through heat generation and sheds it off. Erbium laser is another popular ablative laser that is used for skin resurfacing. As the damaged topmost skin layer is shed off, the new skin appears to be smoother and more radiant.

Dermaroller or Microneedling: To stimulate collagen formation in the underlying tissue, a needle-like device called a dermaroller is rolled over the skin. It is a safe and effective procedure for acne scars that have been in use for years. Results are subtle, and repeated treatments are needed.

Radiofrequency Microneedling: Using radiofrequency devices can help make the scars less evident by not destroying the outer layer of the skin. When combined with microneedling, the outcome can be enhanced. Repeated sessions are needed for visible and long-lasting results. It is the most used acne scar treatment nowadays.

Chemical Peel: With the help of a chemical solution, the top layer of the skin is removed to minimize deeper scars. To maintain the results, mild and medium peels can be repeated. It is a very frequently performed treatment for scars and pigmentation concerns around the world.

Subcision: With this dermatosurgical technique called subcision, needles are inserted under the skin below a scar to break down the fibrous tissues. It lifts the depressed scar and encourages new collagen production to improve the skin texture and make it look smooth. 3-6 sessions may be needed depending on the severity of the scar and the patient’s requirements.