1. How are acne scars formed?
Acne scars are the direct result of damage after inflamed pimples are healed. When a pimple grows, the pore swells, causing the follicle wall to expand and eventually break. If this rupture happens close to the skin surface, the resulting acne lesion is minor and heals quickly. If it is deep, the infected material enters the dermis layer, damaging healthy skin tissues.
This is the beginning of an acne scar forming. A permanent depression on your skin is formed if your body does not produce enough collagen to repair. A permanent elevation on your skin is formed if your body overproduces collagen to repair. However, all these can be prevented if you undergo an acne treatment early.
2. What types of acne scars do I have and which ones respond best to this treatment?
Acne scars fall under atrophic (depressed) and hypertrophic (raised) scars:
Ice-pick scars are very deep, narrow depressed scars that look like the skin has been punctured by an ice pick. Boxcar scars are broad, depressed scars with steep vertical edges that resemble troughs. Rolling scars are broad, depressed scars with wave-like or rounded edges. Keloid scars are hypertrophic scars that feel lumpy due to the overproduction of collagen during healing.
Ice-pick, boxcar, rolling and atrophic scars are all ideal candidates for this acne scar removal treatment. If you think that your pimples are starting to scar, you should see a doctor or dermatologist as soon as possible to obtain the appropriate treatment.
3. What are the benefits of undergoing acne scar removal treatment?
Acne scars are unsightly and it is extremely difficult to cover these deep depressions or pitted scars with make-up. There are various physical, emotional and social reasons for removing your acne scars. You will be able to improve your physical appearance and self-esteem — you no longer need to feel inferior about your pimple scars anymore.
When it comes to facing people every day or taking a photo of yourself, you’ll no longer be afraid of showing your face at every angle. You will become confident of yourself.
4. How fast will I see acne scar removal treatment results and are they long-lasting?
You will see results from the acne scar removal treatment immediately. Your skin will continue to regenerate new collagen and plump up the acne scars for up to six months after your treatment. You will see approximately 30–70% improvement of acne scarring after one treatment, though individual results may vary. Most people would require multiple treatments to get their desired improvement.
The acne scar removal results are long-lasting, as this procedure works by treating the epidermis and dermis layers of your skin. It targets only a portion of the skin, leaving healthy intact skin surrounding it. This allows for fast healing and ensures the treatment is safe for all skin types. Once the wounds are fully healed, your skin undergoes a collagen boost to form a new smooth texture.
5. How long does each acne scar removal treatment take?
Each acne scar removal treatment session takes about one hour. The entire process includes numbing your skin before treatment, the actual treatment and cooling your skin after treatment. You will need several sessions in order to get your acne scars completely treated and removed.