Common Techniques of treating Scarring

Following are some of the ways scarring can be reduced, but they are expensive, painful and sometimes damage the skin even further, with PIH (post inflammatory Hyperpigmentation).

Dermabrasion

Dermabrasion involves removing the top layer of skin, either using lasers or a specially made wire brush.

After the procedure, your skin will look red and sore for several months, but as it heals you should notice an improvement in the appearance of your scars.

Laser treatment

Laser treatment can be used to treat mild to moderate acne scarring.There are two types of laser treatment:

  • Ablative laser treatment – where lasers are used to remove a small patch of skin around the scar to produce a new, smooth-looking area of skin
  • Non-ablative laser treatment – where lasers are used to stimulate the growth of new collagen (a type of protein found in skin), which helps repair some of the damage caused by scarring and improves the appearance

Punch techniques

Punch techniques are used to treat ice pick scars and boxcar scars. There are three types of punch technique:

  • Punch excision – used to treat mild ice pick scars. The scar is surgically removed and the remaining wound is sealed. After the wound heals, it will leave a smoother and more even area of skin.
  • Punch elevation – used to treat boxcar scars. The base of the scar is surgically removed, leaving the sides of the scar in place. The base is then reattached to the sides, but lifted up so it is level with the surface of the skin. This makes the scar much less noticeable.
  • Punch grafting – used to treat very deep ice pick scars. As with a punch excision, the scar is removed, but the wound is then “plugged” with a sample of skin taken from elsewhere on the body (usually from the back of the ear).

Subcision

Subcision is a surgical treatment that can be used to treat rolling scars. During surgery, the upper layer of the skin is removed from the underlying scar tissue. This allows blood to pool under the affected area. The blood clot helps form connective tissue, which pushes up the rolling scar so it is level with the rest of the surface of the skin.

Once subscision has been completed, additional treatment, such as laser treatment and dermabrasion, can be used to further improve the appearance of the scar.

*At The London Acne Clinic we can reduce Acne & Scarring more quickly, painlessly, with permanent results.