Acne is a personal problem. It has an impact on how we are seen by others as well as how we view ourselves, which may have a negative impact on our confidence and peace of mind. It may also be a conundrum since everyone of us has a distinct skin profile that is influenced by various factors.
Acne is the most prevalent skin issue in Canada, and many people suffer from the long-term consequences of the condition — acne scarring. This cosmetic problem serves as a continual reminder of the difficulties many people have experienced as a result of this skin ailment.
Visage Medical Spa is aware of the aesthetic concerns that people have when it comes to acne scar treatment. As a result, we are dedicated to offering the most modern and proven skin rejuvenation procedures available, which may help to reduce or eradicate your scarring concerns. Continue reading to discover more about the acne scar treatment alternatives we have available to you.
What Exactly Is Acne?
Acne is a common skin disorder that affects the hair follicles and sebaceous glands of the skin (the glands in the skin that secrete oil). Acne is a skin condition that often develops in adolescence and may last into adulthood. Acne manifests itself in the form of blackheads, whiteheads, pustules, cysts, and inflammatory papules, among others. Acne may leave a lifelong scar if it is not treated promptly and adequately.
It is well known that acne and acne scarring may cause substantial mental anguish and have a negative psychological effect, which is why our physicians provide remedies for both acne and the scars it leaves behind. Our customized treatment programs are designed to meet the individual issues of our patients, allowing you to feel secure in your therapy.
What is Acne Scar Treatment?
In order to erase and diminish the symptoms of acne scarring on the body, Visage Medical Spa’s acne scar treatment program employs fractional laser resurfacing, radiofrequency energy, dermal fillers, chemical peels, and other procedures to remove acne scarring on the skin.
Depending on the sort of outcomes you need, it may be necessary to combine various treatments in order to get the optimum long-term effects.
Acne Scar Treatment Options
Laser Acne Technology
Known as the AFT laser (Advanced Fluorescence Technology), it is the latest generation of Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) technology, and it is capable of improving the texture, tone, and look of skin with minimum downtime.
This laser therapy is particularly developed to substantially improve numerous problem skin regions, including acne scarring and practically any other kind of scar on the skin. It may also be used to reduce the cosmetic flaws of scarring on the skin.
Due to its ability to penetrate deeply and raise the dermal temperature, the AFT-IPL laser is effective in treating the surface of the skin where acne has caused the skin to become uneven. One of the most significant benefits for our patients is that the treatments are rapid, requiring little to no downtime, and the outcomes are very successful.
Laser Resurfacing Techniques
Fractional laser resurfacing is performed in a series of four to six sessions, with each treatment being spaced four weeks apart on average. In order to provide a regulated thermal effect, our sophisticated high-intensity lasers penetrate deep into the dermis in small columns. The stimulation of collagen synthesis results in a gradual rise in collagen production over time, softening and plumping face scars.
We offer three different kinds of fractionated lasers, each of which is best suited for a certain skin type or scar type. A fractionated ablative laser, a non-ablative laser, and the Halo laser are examples of treatments that mix ablative and non-ablative energy. At the time of your appointment with us, we will go through the differences and give suggestions depending on your individual requirements.
Depending on the regions being treated, the duration of your sessions will vary. These areas might include the full face, neck, and décolletage area. Mild swelling and redness are common side effects of laser resurfacing for acne scars. These symptoms subside within a few days and may be alleviated by using cold compresses and applying relaxing, moisturizing lotions to the affected area to relieve pain.
IPL (intensity pulsed light) and BBL (broadband light) are light-based treatments that are often used to treat pigmentation, which may be caused by acne scarring in certain cases. For example, red pigmentation is induced by inflammation, which, over time, causes dilatation of the veins under the surface of the skin to become more visible. IPL/BBL will target those dilated vessels, assisting in the reduction of inflammation beneath the skin and the reduction of visible redness.
Because of the increased synthesis of melanin in the skin, brown pigmentation from acne scars is more frequent in those with darker skin tones. The brown spots are targeted by the light energy from IPL/BBL, which brings them to the surface and causes them to slough off when the skin rolls over. Consequently, the pigmented spots are lightened, and the skin is left brighter and more evenly toned.
The use of dermal fillers is normally reserved for the treatment of fine lines, wrinkles, and other symptoms of age, but they may also be used to restore lost volume to the facial features. In the skilled hands of our expert injectors, dermal fillers may be injected under the skin to reduce or even eliminate the appearance of rolling and atrophic acne scars.
Dermal fillers provide a number of short-term advantages, including little downtime and near-immediate results. They also have the additional benefit of stimulating collagen synthesis. Dermal fillers should be maintained in order to get the best possible results. Treatment with dermal fillers may be repeated if necessary after a few months and maintained every one to three years, depending on the region of the skin that has been treated and the degree of the involvement.
CIT, also known as collagen induction treatment (CIT), is a technique that employs extremely thin needles to prick the skin and cause controlled damage. These micro-injuries cause your skin’s healing response to kick in, which includes increasing collagen and elastin synthesis among other things. These freshly regenerated cells will aid in the smoothing out of the look of your skin, including the appearance of big pores, the texture of your skin, and regions affected by acne scars.
There are a few mild side effects connected with microneedling, including redness, bruising, and swelling, all of which should subside within a few days after the procedure is completed. You should be able to return to your usual activities the next day after therapy. You may need a number of treatments to get the results you seek; we will assess this during your individual consultation.
Cosmetic procedures such as chemical peels, which remove the top layers of skin with an acid solution, are a typical therapy for acne scars and other skin problems. The intensity of exfoliation provided by a chemical peel may be completely adjusted to meet your specific requirements, which we will discuss more if we determine that a chemical peel is the best treatment option for your particular kind and degree of acne scarring.
When the top few layers of dead skin cells are removed, the good skin underneath is shown, which helps to stimulate the production of new cells in the skin. Downtime after mild peels is minimal, however more aggressive peels might cause up to a week of peeling and flaking once they are completed. Receiving a single session may help to even out your skin tone, but a series of sessions can leave your complexion looking completely renewed.
How Severe Is Your Acne Scarring?
It is critical to determine the severity of your acne scars in order to determine which therapy would be most useful for your condition. In most situations, combining treatments can help your skin recover faster and more effectively, as well as give you a more complete rejuvenation appearance. The following are the general grades of acne scarring, which are based on the usual symptoms that are associated with acne scarring:
Acne Scars Grade 1:
In this situation, the majority of the difficulties are surface and color-related, with regions of scarring appearing as flat, pink patches, and in some cases as brown (in the case of darker skin types) or overly pale in appearance. Among the options for acne scar treatment include topical skin products (e.g., those containing vitamin C, retinol, tretinoin, hydroquinone, azelaic acid, glycolic acid), chemical peels, medical-grade microdermabrasion, laser therapy and broad-band light or powerful pulse light.
Acne Scars Grade 2:
Scars on the surface of the skin, such as slightly damaged or thicker skin, may be covered with cosmetics and may not be seen from a distance. Modified collagen reflectivity, loss of skin radiance, and shadows created by scars all contribute to this amount of scarring. Improved skin surface and modest volume alterations are necessary in this situation.
Grade 1 scarring may be treated with over-the-counter treatments at home, as well as through chemical reconstruction of skin scars and subcision, as discussed in Grade 1 scarring. It is also possible to increase the quality of the underlying collagen by using procedures such as chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and laser resurfacing (e.g., ProFractional laser) for grade 2 scarring.
Acne Scars Grade 3:
There are two types of acne scarring associated with this degree of acne scarring: mild atrophic (scars) and hypertrophic (thickened scars). Despite the fact that scars may be seen from a short distance and can be flattened by extending out of the skin, they are difficult to cover with cosmetics.
In the case of moderate scarring, treatment is often beneficial, which includes improving scars with fillers, laser resurfacing treatment (e.g. ProFractional laser), sometimes the use of neurotoxins (e.g. Botox) to reduce movement in the area, and surgical interference, such as subcision or punch excisions.
Subcision is particularly effective for elevating acne scars that have a dish-like appearance and are prone to being linked to underlying components. The technique is carried out with the use of a hypodermic or other needle, and is sometimes accompanied with a saline injection (“chemical subcision”).
Acne Scars Grade 4:
Atrophic or hypertrophic (thick) scarring that is apparent at a conversational distance and that cannot be flattened by extending the skin characterizes severe acne scarring that is non-distensible. Among the severe types of skin scarring are “deep box scarring,” “ice pick scarring,” “deep divots,” and “hypertrophic” (thick) scarring, among others.
When treating severe acne, we use the CROSS technique or laser resurfacing (e.g., the ProFractional laser) to improve the skin surface, improve volume (e.g., by injecting fillers in specific areas), use neurotoxins such as Botox to reduce movement, or resort to surgical options such as punch excisions or ellipse excisions of scarred areas to remove the acne.
What Are The Advantages Of Acne Scar Treatment?
Clear skin that lasts a long time
The benefits of the acne scar treatment program are expected to persist for a very long time for those who have undertaken it.
Increase in Self-Confidence
Acne scars may make people feel self-conscious, especially for young people. By using the most effective mix of cutting-edge technology and treatments, you can expect to regain the confidence boost you’ve been wanting!
Skin Tone That Is Even
Skin redness and hyperpigmentation may result from previous scarring. The Visage Medical Spa Toronto’s acne scarring treatment program will reduce the appearance of uneven skin tones in and around the acne scars on your face and body.
Patients may anticipate a decrease in the appearance of their acne scars of between 30 percent and 70 percent after undergoing this non-surgical acne scar therapy.
For Acne Scar Treatment, Why Should You Go To Visage Medical Spa Toronto?
Patients who select Visage Medical Spa benefit from the highest quality treatments as well as the most effective combination of technologies available for the healing of acne scars on their faces. With use of our advanced technology and treatment choices, we are confident in our ability to diminish and eliminate your acne scar, exposing beautiful and healthy skin. If you’d like to schedule an appointment for an acne scar treatment consultation, please contact us.