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Scarring

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  • Acne scars

    Acne scars

    Scars due to severe acne are the result of active acne inflammation in the dermis.

  • Acne Scar Healing

    Healing

    The acne scar is created by the wound trying to heal itself, resulting in overproduction of collagen fibres in this specific area.

  • Skin scarring due to Sun Exposure

    Sun Exposure

    Scarring is generally more susceptible to UV light and as such are more likely to burn and result in skin damage compared to normal skin.

  • Scarring due to Lifestyle Choices

    Lifestyle Choices

    The rate at which a scar heals can depend on factors such as your nutritional habits, hereditary or ethnicity.

Types of Acne Scarring

Those who have experienced severe acne are likely to have some degree of scarring. Our clinic offers a variety of treatments to get your skin back on track to recovery for a cleaner and fresher face.

Acne leaves three major types of scars:

Ice pick - deep but small pits

Boxcar - sharp angles and edges; can be shallow or deep

Rolling - tend to be wide and shallow (a wavy look) caused by damage under the surface

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, destroying the surrounding skin tissue and hindering the healing process. Once the cyst empties the area, allowing it to heal, it leaves behind a scar on the face.

Identifying Different Types of Scarring

All scarring is essentially made of the same collagen however it differs from normal tissue in that it lacks elasticity unlike normal tissue which retains elasticity. The two most common types of scarring are hypertrophic and keloid. Here is some information regarding the two types:

 

Hypertropic

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.

Keloid

The most serious of the two, Keloid can grow to much larger sizes and potentially turn into neoplasms. The differentiator between hypertropic and keloid scars is that keloid scars do not grow outside of the wound area.

Other Common Types of Scarring

Atrophic

This type of scarring appears as a indent or recess into the skin, appearing like a pit on the skin. The reason for this is because structures that would otherwise 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.

Stretch Marks

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 of the skin however they can still remain even 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 creates 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 in order 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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