Acne Scar Treatment

Acne Scar Treatment in Chandigarh

Say no more to dark acne spots with acne scar treatment in Chandigarh provided at Dr. Ishaa Junejaa Aesthetics.
Having frequent acne breakouts is frustrating, but more annoying are the scars that they might leave behind on the skin. But, the happy news is that acne scars can be treated. However, people need to get rid of their existing acne once and for all, since it can lead to new acne scars.
What are Acne Scars? 
Acne scar is a common side effect of inflammatory acne breakout that deeply penetrates the skin to cause damage to the tissues beneath it. It is formed as a result of the unusual healing of active acne. Some acne scars can resolve on their own, but mostly these disfiguring marks require treatment.

How do Acne Scars Develop?

When acne forms on the skin, the natural healing process of the body sets in just as it would for an injury or an illness. The problem occurs when the healing is not perfectly normal. Inflammatory acne develops when the skin pores get clogged with excess oil, dead skin cells, and acne-causing bacteria. Some acne develops close to the skin surface which means it would probably heal in less time with minimal scarring. However, some acne is rooted deep into the skin and takes a longer time to heal. As they are deep-seated, they destroy more of the skin tissues and often leave behind scars.
After the acne breakout, the skin tries to heal itself by replacing the damaged skin tissues with enough fibroblast or connective tissues. Acne scars occur when the body produces too much or too less of this collagen. More collagen production to heal the acne lesion results in a raised scar also called a hypertrophic scar or keloid scar (in severe cases). However, if there is less collagen, it results in depressed scars- also known as atrophic scars.  
Following a bad acne breakout, some factors that could make one’s acne lesion prone to scar include genetics, hormonal changes, sun exposure, severity and frequency of acne breakout, and how long acne is left untreated.
If one is looking for acne scar management treatment, they can get it at Dr. Ishaa Junejaa Aesthetics. The clinic is known for providing the best acne scar treatment in Chandigarh.

Types of Acne Scars

Depending upon net gain or loss of collagen, acne scars are of broadly two types: Atrophic scars and Hypertrophic Scars. Both of these have sub-types that vary in their appearance.

Atrophic Scars Types

  1. Ice pick scars- These are deep and narrow scars with sharply demarcated tracts that vertically penetrate deep into the skin's middle layer (the dermis) or subcutaneous tissues. They are less than 2mm, just like an icepick tool. Mostly found on the areas where the skin is thinner like the forehead and upper cheeks.
  2. Boxcar scars- These are oval to round-shaped, 1.5-4mm depressed scars with sharply demarcated vertical edges and a flat bottom. They can be shallow (less than 0.5mm) or deep (greater than 0.5mm). Commonly seen on the lower cheeks and jaw.
  3. Rolling scars- These are wide (greater than 4-5mm), deep, or shallow depression with gently sloped edges, caused by dermal tethering. They lack sharp borders and appear as wavy/sunken areas on the affected site. These are formed when a fibrous tissue band of tissue is formed in between the skin and subcutaneous tissue.

Hypertrophic and Keloid scars- Both are raised forms of acne scars, with decreased collagenase activity, formed due to the overgrowth of collagen in the region. Hypertrophic scars are formed because of collagen deposition within the borders of the original injury while keloid scars are formed as a result of collagen deposition beyond the borders of the healing acne lesion. Hypertrophic scars are typically pink-coloured while Keloid scars occur in the form of reddish-purple papules and nodules. These types of acne scars usually develop on the jawline, chest, back, and shoulders and can be tender, itchy, or painful.

Best Acne Scars Treatment in Chandigarh offered at Dr. Ishaa Junejaa Aesthetics

There are many aesthetic procedures to fade away or clear acne scars. A skin expert can help determine the best treatment option.

  1. Chemical peels- These are strong acidic solutions that are applied over the depressed acne scar tissues to remove the affected skin layers and lessen the appearance of indented acne scars. They trigger a controlled skin injury. Typically, when the superficial skin layers are removed, the new skin that grows is much smoother, healthy, and has minimal scars. The chemical peels work by boosting collagen production, stimulating cell turnover, and unclogging pores.

    There are different types of peels based on their strength and level of skin penetration: Superficial/light peels (like glycolic acid and lactic acid), Medium peels (such as salicylic acid), and Deep peels (such as trichloroacetic acid or phenol). Depending upon how deep the acne scars are, the healthcare provider may prescribe the type of peel. If mild or medium peels are used, there is a need for repeated treatments to ensure desired results and maintain them. For deep peels, a single treatment is enough for effective results.

    This treatment is generally safe for all skin types and fair-skinned people benefit from it the most. However, it is not recommended as a first-line treatment for hypertrophic or keloid scars as these can worsen current scars or trigger new scars formation. To get the benefits of chemical peel for acne scar management make a visit at Dr. Ishaa Junejaa Aesthetics.
  2. Laser resurfacing- This is a popular approach, in-office acne scar treatment wherein a wand-like ablative laser instrument is used to remove upper skin layers by causing thermal damage. Sometimes, it is called laser peeling because it helps in the removal of old, affected skin layers to reveal the new, healthier, refreshing clear skin from underneath. The laser works to heat the scarred collagen beneath the skin and encourage the body’s natural wound-healing response, collagen remodeling, and skin regeneration. The heat of the laser also encourages the blood to flow into the area and reduces inflammation by targeting the blood vessels in the scarred area of the skin. However, this treatment is safe and effective for only people with light skin complexion. It can work for all types of acne scars.   
  3. Soft tissue fillers- Another effective treatment option for depressed scars like boxcars or rolling scars is a dermal filler. Healthcare professionals may recommend fillers to plump the skin overlying the indented acne scars and even out the skin. The filler ingredients could be any new collagen-stimulating substance or hyaluronic acid and in some cases own fat. The hyaluronic-acid-based fillers are most commonly used and these keep the skin well hydrated and plump because of their great water retention ability. Most of these fillers last for 6-18 months. Repeated treatments are needed to maintain the results. Generally, all soft tissue fillers are safe. Nowadays, filler injections come with a numbing agent like lidocaine that makes the procedure less painful. The procedure can take anywhere between 15 minutes to an hour, depending upon the depth of the acne scars and the size of the area to be treated. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the cost of acne scar treatment?

The acne scar treatment cost in Chandigarh is determined based on the following factors:

  • Doctor experience
  • Technology offered for managing acne scar
  • Number of sessions offered
  • Type of acne scar targeted
  • Clinic location.

Can Acne Scars be prevented?

Popping out of the pimples is the surest reason behind the formation of acne scars. If one has pimples, one must keep their dirty, greasy hands off them. Touching, picking, or poking at an acne lesion can make the skin there oilier and cause deeper trauma to the skin. Both of these can lead to the risk of scarring. By avoiding such actions, acne scars can be prevented.

What tips can help to manage acne scar at home?

Acne scars can be a challenging problem to manage, but there are a number of things you can do at home to help:

  • Use a gentle, non-abrasive cleanser twice daily to keep the skin clean and prevent acne breakouts. Hot water can irritate the skin and worsen scarring, so it should be avoided. 
  • Once per week, exfoliate the skin to remove dead skin cells and stimulate new cell growth. Over time, this can help diminish the appearance of scars. 
  • Use a moisturiser containing hyaluronic acid, glycerin, or ceramides to maintain the hydration and health of your skin. Scarring is less likely on moist skin.
  • Sun exposure can highlight scars, so protect the skin with a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30.
  • There are several natural remedies, such as aloe vera, tea tree oil, and honey, that can help reduce the appearance of scars. Leave them on the scars for a few minutes before rinsing.

If the scars are severe, one can consider professional advice at Dr. Ishaa Junejaa Aesthetics, the best skin clinic in Chandigarh. The clinic provides treatment options such as chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and laser resurfacing. To know about acne scar treatment cost in Chandigarh, visit the clinic now!

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