Acne scars are the most severe consequence of acne that we are trying to avoid. Despite this, many patients suffer from scars, sometimes with disfiguring scarring. Some of the different types of scars include icepick scars, rolling scars, and boxcar scars. Fortunately, we have some of the best treatment modalities available to manage acne scarring in our Edmonton acne scar treatment clinic. Call our clinic to arrange a consult with our dermatologist to discuss your acne scar treatment options. To learn more about the treatment of active acne, click here.
It’s almost unfair that you have to suffer through all those blemishes and pimples, only to develop acne scarring on top of it all. Acne scars can be red erythema, brown hyperpigmentation, and/or shallow or deep indentations. On occasion, acne scarring can even manifest as raised hypertrophic scars or keloids.
Acne scars develop because of the intense inflammation that can occur at the site of an acne pimple. As the pore gets plugged, the wall of the follicle or gland breaks, leading to inflammation. If the inflammation is great enough and deep enough, the body responds with redness, hyperpigmentation, and indentation.
Fortunately, at our Edmonton acne scar clinic, we have the full spectrum of scar treatment options and use the most advanced technologies to improve the appearance of acne scarring. Our dermatologist, Dr. Nakatsui, will help select the best acne scar removal option for you. Our newest technologies for the treatment of acne scars in our Edmonton laser skin care clinic are Morpheus8 and Opus Plasma resurfacing. We are the first in Western Canada to offer Opus microplasma treatments!
How to get rid of acne scars is a common question we deal with. Each of these acne scar treatments has its own advantages and disadvantages–some are more aggressive than others causing a longer period of social downtime, but are also more beneficial.
**Actual patient. Individual results may vary.
Our acne scarring clinic offers the full spectrum from minimally aggressive scar removal treatments like chemical peels up to fully ablative CO2 resurfacing so we have a lot of experience and can help you make the best decision regarding your treatment options. Many skin care clinics do not have the capability or expertise to offer all these options but we have been treating acne scars for over 20 years.
For some scars, temporary improvement with dermal fillers is a good option, particularly is those with rolling scars. However, for widespread scarring, treatment with lasers, radiofrequency microneedling, or plasma resurfacing (not to be confused with PRP or Platelet-Rich Plasma) is often preferable.
This depends on several factors including skin type, tolerance to downtime, desired amount of improvement. Our dermatologist Dr. Thomas Nakatsui can help you decide which is the best option for you.