Acne generally leaves scars that are quite difficult to get rid off. This usually stems from the chronic nature of the skin disease. The most prevalent type of acne scar is the ice-pick scars that are characteristically crater-like in shape and may often appear on the face, shoulders, arms and the buttocks.
However, there are methods that have now been developed for removing and smoothening the scars left by acne depending on the health condition, age and severity of the acne-inflicted skin tissues.
Typically, the mildest form of acne that afflicts most people does not leave scars but if it does, they will usually heal over time. However, acne scars left by Nodulycystic acne may leave scars that are deep-seated in the skin tissue.
Moreover, there are skin pigmentation's that may appear like scars but in actuality, are scar-related spots. Macules are pseudo-scars that may be caused by inflamed acne abrasions.
It is the final stage in the healing process of any inflamed acne lesions, which appears like flat, red spots. Macules may take some time before they completely disappear; nonetheless they don’t leave any traces behind once they vanish.
There are two categories of acne scars when the basis of grouping is the shape of the tissue. There is the scar that consists of increased skin tissue and one type, which is characterized by decrease in the tissue. The overgrowth in scar tissue is termed as Keloids, which is of African-American origin while the more common form is the ice-pick scar.
Who is eligible for acne scar removal? This is first determined by a doctor on the basis of your health status. It is important that you are not presently affected by diseases of any sort. If you have pre-existing unhealthy conditions, you might be declined for further procedures.
Once you are considered qualified, the doctor may still delay your operation if acne flares up during this period.
Your scheduled treatment may be moved forward until the pre-existing acne condition disappears or until the possibility of contamination with other body parts is now under control.
If however this condition persists, your doctor may give you medication as a preparation for your acne treatment.
It is important to note that doctors consider some acne scars as being totally irremovable. The skin of the acne-afflicted patient may not recover the skin he or she had before the onset of the skin disease. Still, it is likely to yield substantial improvement.
Dermatologists have developed several methods of lessening acne scars and in certain cases; these may also help in complete scar removal:
- A doctor may remove the skin’s top layers using an abrasive instrument called as electric sander. This method, dermabrasion, leaves the skin smooth and healthy after a period of reddening.
- Another method of removing scars is the punch grafts. Small patches of the skin from another body part are implanted in the deep holes made by the acne scars. Usually, the skin that will be transplanted will come from the ear lobe or the upper part of the thigh, depending on the amount of skin needed.
- If the condition of the acne scar is not severe, doctors usually recommend chemical peels. The chemical, after removing the top layers of the skin will allow a regeneration of the skin tissue on the affected area.
- Collagen are also used to replace severely damaged or destroyed pores and cells, collagen are generally injected into the skin.
- There exist other methods of acne scars treatments. Some of which are laser treatment, steroid injection and plastic surgery for severe cases.