Thank you for your query. Acne scar treatments can be performed to give the skin a more acceptable and smooth appearance. Total restoration of the skin to the way it looked before you had acne is often not possible but scar treatment does usually improve the appearance of your skin. A number of non- surgical treatments are available for acne scars. The type of treatment selected should be the one that is best for you in terms of: your type of skin, the cost of the treatment, the downtime that you can afford, and what you want the treatment to accomplish.
Below is a sample of what is available to treat acne scarring:
• Dermaroller ™ Skin Needling is similar in principle to chemical and laser resurfacing techniques. The dermis is directly injured to initiate a wound healing response that ultimately increases dermal collagen production and deposition by fibroblasts and improves acne scarring.
• Laser treatments with Laser Genesis or Pearl Laser may be used to recontour scar tissue and reduce the redness of skin around healed acne lesions.
• Carboxytherapy is a novel way to improve acne scars.
• Crystal Microdermabrasion is a surface form of dermabrasion. Rather than a high-speed brush, crystal microdermabrasion uses aluminum oxide crystals passing through a vacuum tube to remove surface skin. If Microdermabrasion with compressor is used, a considerate amount of skin can be removed for more impressive results. This procedure has a downtime of 7 to 10 days and runs the risk of post dermabrasion hypopigmentation.
• With normal Microdermabrasion, only the very surface cells of the skin are removed, so no additional wound is created and there is no downtime. Multiple procedures are often required but scars may not be significantly improved unless combination treatments are done.