For most people who experience acne, it typically comes and goes during puberty. But for some of those people, acne leaves behind physical scars that are permanent.
Fortunately,the appearance of acne scarring can be minimised, with The DOC Clinic offering numerous treatments that are safe and non-surgical.
Types of Treatments
Fraxel 1550nm Laser
Fraxel laser treatment applies fractional photothermolysis technology to target and treat acne scarred skin tissue, using microscopic laser beams to accelerate the production of collagen within the skin. The surrounding skin tissue remains unaffected by the Fraxel laser, which aids in the skin’s ability to heal quicker and grow new skin cells from the inside out.
Subcision is one of the few minor surgical procedures offered at The DOC Clinic to help treat acne scarring. The procedure requires the clinician to place a certain type of hypodermic needle into the surface of the skin. The sharp edge of the needle is used to sever any fibrotic strands that connect the scar to the tissue beneath it which aids some depressed scars to elevate.
Dermal fillers are a temporary measure of treating acne scars and are used in much the same way as they are for minimising the appearance of wrinkles. Once the filler is injected into the treated area, it begins to fill the depressions left in the skin. Dermal fillers can last anywhere from 3 months to a year.
Skin needling involves the use of a specialised electronic needling pen, for example, Mederma or Dermapen to create tiny punctures of various sizes in the treated area of the skin. These punctures facilitate the faster generation of collagen in the skin, which helps to fill acne scars. Unlike some procedures which can affect the top layer of tissue, skin needling penetrates deeper to avoid damaging the surface layer.(for example, up to 2.5mm deep)
A technique of using highly concentrated acid (70-90% TCA) into scars to induce inflammation and improve scars, especially ice pick scars.
Factor 4 / PRP
Factor 4 acne scarring treatment involves extracting blood from the patient in order to harvest its highly concentrated plasma, abundant with platelets. The platelets naturally produce growth factors which enable fresh collagen and cells to regenerate and heal acne scarred skin. Factor 4 uses special tubes for transferring your drawn blood which helps to increase the rate at which growth factors generate by four times the regular rate.
Laser genesis works in a couple of ways to minimise the effects of acne scarring. The first approach is to reduce the redness and the appearance of scarring by breaking down the blood vessels in the affected area using laser technology. The second approach is to promote the generation of healthy collagen, which in turn promotes rapid healing.
Types of Scars
Scars come in various forms. Here is a little information on some of the most common types of scarring:
- Rolling scars – Rolling scars are described as being broad skin depressions with rounded, sloping edges. They are particularly prevalent in people who have experienced long-term inflammatory acne in patches of skin. Rolling scars typically appear more pronounced with time as the skin ages.
- Box-car scars – Like rolling scars, box-car scars are also broad depressions in the skin, however these are characterised by their steep, prominent edges. These defined edges make box-car scars a little more difficult to smooth out, and as such they may require significantly more treatments before real results can be seen.
- Atrophic scars – Atrophic scars are much like small pits in the skin. They are typically the result of a lack of collagen or connective tissue produced by the skin when an infection has healed, so the skin heals below the level of the normal tissue thus creating the pit effect.
- Ice-pick scars – Ice-pick scars are characterised by their deep and narrow appearance. They’re often the most difficult type of scar to treat.
- To learn which type of treatment is best suited to your type of acne scarring, make an appointment with The DOC Clinic today.
The DOC Clinic is a private specialist clinic. Fees charged are in line with AMA recommended rates for specialist consultations. The fee may vary according to the service provided to you on the day you are seen. We require full payment on the day of consultation, and accept cash, EFTPOS, Visa and MasterCard.
Some consultations and/or treatments with medical associations may attract a Medicare rebate. If so, we will provide a receipt with the relevant Medicare item number. With this receipt, you can visit your local Medicare/Centrelink office, or download the Medicare app from Apple App Store or Google Play Store, then follow the instructions for claiming a Medicare eligible consult, service or treatment. The DOC Clinic DOES NOT process Medicare claims at the clinic.
Medicare rebates may be available for some acne scarring consultations and/or treatments. Please contact us to find out more.