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ACNE SCARRING

What is Acne Scarring?

Post acne scarring can negatively affect self-esteem and has been associated with increased anxiety and depression. For this reason, its effects are not only physical but also social and psychological.

Acne scars may range from Grade I to Grade IV in severity;

  •  Grade I Acne scarring: Macular changes which represents discolouration in various shades of brown to black pigmented areas, red to purple marks or even white hypopigmented areas.
  •  Grade II Acne scarring: Mild atrophic scars or rolling type scars which are not obvious from 50cm away and can be covered with makeup adequately.
  •  Grade III Acne scarring: Moderate Atrophic or Hypertrophic scarring Superficial to moderate indentations: rolling and box car scars. Includes Mild to Moderate hypertrophic and keloid scarring. Obvious from 50cm away.
  •  Grade VI Acne scarring: Severe Atrophic or Hypertrophic or Keloid acne scarring. Deep box car type and ice pick scars are typical of this grade. These scars cannot be concealed wth makeup or facial hair.

Types of textural scars:

  •  Box car
  •  Rolling
  •  Ice pick

How is Acne Scarring treated?

The process involves a comprehensive consultation including taking medical history, an in depth discussion regarding the history of the active acne condition and the location of the scars.

The area is then inspected and an assessment of the type of acne scarring is made using special magnification and lighting. The scar assessment is imperative to allow the expert Dermal Clinician to specifically choose the appropriate combination of laser and/or cosmetic procedures to achieve optimal results.

Mapping and photography of the acne scar types and their appropriate treatment is explained in detail. A tailored treatment plan takes into account the type of scars, medical history, down time and time frame.

Depending on the grade of acne scarring treatment options may include any of the following or a combination of procedures: Cosmeceutical homecare products, Pigment targeting lasers, Vascular laser treatments, Infrared lasers, IPL treatmentMedical Microdermabrasion and Chemical peels. Moderate to severe acne scarring may warrant more intensive treatment using fractional laser resurfacingfractional RF resurfacingmedical skin needling and dermal fillers.

What are the immediate post treatment effects and long term results?

Please refer to individual treatment options for more information.

Long term results: Macular scars resolve quickly with simple laser treatments, whereas indented acne scars often require more complex treatment plans to optimize results.

Cost for treatment is assessed according to the requirement. A consultation is necesssary with one of the Dermal Clinicians or Cosmetic Nurse.

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