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Types of Acne Scarring
Those who have experienced severe acne are likely to have some degree of scarring. Our clinic offers a variety of acne scar treatments to get your skin back on track to recovery for a cleaner and fresher face.
Acne leaves three major types of scars:
Acne scars are textural changes that may occur as a result of severe acne. If acne is left untreated, it may lead to scarring. When acne occurs, large pus-filled spaces known as cysts form, destroy the surrounding skin tissue and hinder the healing process. Once the cyst empties the area, allowing it to heal, it leaves behind a scar on the face.
Identifying Types of Scarring
All scarring is essentially made of the same collagen. However, it differs from normal tissues in that it lacks elasticity, unlike normal tissues which retain elasticity. The two most common types of scarring are hypertrophic and keloid. Here is some information regarding the two types:
This form of scar causes the skin to rise and is the result of the body overproducing collagen. They take the form of a raised lump on the skin roughly 4-8 weeks after a wound, infection or wound closure in addition to skin injuries or tension.
The most serious of the two, keloid can grow to much larger sizes and potentially turns into neoplasms. The differentiator between hypertrophic and keloid scars is that keloid scars do not grow outside of the wound area.
Other Common Types of Scarring
This type of scarring appears as an indent or recess, appearing like a pit on the skin surface. This is because the structures can support the skin, such as fat or muscle, are missing in that particular area. Atrophic scarring is usually associated with acne, surgery, and certain animal bites.
Technically known as striae are another form of scarring. Rapid stretching of the skin is the cause for striae which can occur for various reasons such as pregnancy, significant weight gain or even puberty. While they do tend to fade in appearance after several years if proper care is taken, these can remain at a very shallow level.
Correction and Management of Scarring
CO2 Skin Resurfacing is effective in improvement of scars, uneven skin tone and reduction of large pores. It works by creating thousands of microscopic ablative thermal channels (perforations) in the skin’s surface that stimulate the body’s natural healing process.
LED Light Therapy is a treatment that utilises light-emitting diodes to boost the body’s natural cellular recovery through the process of improving the healing time, relieving pain and assisting skin rejuvenation.
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