Acne Scar has a significant impact on ones self-image and quality of life. Even clinically mild acne may cause considerable social embarrasment. So ones perception of the severity of the problem is an important function is choosing treatment. Several options regarding treatment could be considered. Some of the common technique will be discussed here.
OTC or prescription gels,creams and ointments: There are several OTC gels creams and ointments available in the market. But it is very important to consult a dermatologist before buying so he/she can suggest you the right for you.
Laser Skin Resurfacing: Ablative CO2/Er:YAG laser skin resurfacing can improve the appearance of acne scar of all types but requires significant postoperative would care and recovery time. A newer fractional resurfacing device, Fraxel, shows promise for remodeling acne scars through a series of treatments with less downtime. Nonablative lasers are thought to stimulate collagen production and thereby, gradually improving the appearance of pitted acne scars.
Dermabrasion : Dermabrasion using high-speed diamond buffing drills can remove small and superficial scars and sometimes deep scars. However, this method is highly dependent on doctor technique and can result in scarring in untrained hands.
Fillers: Fat transfer and injection of fillers substance can also be used to elevate acne scars.
Surgical techniques: Different surgical techniques like punch excision, punch elevation and elliptical excision can also be used to remove isolated ice-pick or deep boxar scars.
As acne might yield both scarring or pigmentation changes, it is essential to prevent and minimise the scarring. Adequate treatment will decrease its severity,scarring and pigmentation which can be easily treated with topical application and skin lightening products available in the market. However treated wrongly it might leave permanent nodular hypertrophic scar.
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