Acne scars are different
Acne scars fall into two distinct categories:
- Atrophic scars – those caused by a loss of tissue
- Hypertrophic scars – those caused by an excess of tissue
Acne scars can be difficult to treat, and always require professional help if you expect real results. Over-the-counter products are not powerful enough to improve anything beyond skin discoloration. Here is a look at a few different varieties of acne scars and their recommended treatments:
Ice pick scars
Ice pick scars are deep, narrow scars that extend well into the dermis. The skin looks as if it has been pierced by an ice pick or some other sharp instrument. They develop after an infection from a cyst or deep inflamed blemish works its way to the surface. Affected skin tissue is destroyed, leaving a long, column-like scar.
Treatment for ice pick scars
Punch excision is a common treatment. Your dermatologist uses a small tool to cut out the scar. The skin is then glued back together to heal. Punch grafting is performed for larger, deeper ice pick scars. In this case, the hole is then filled with a graft of skin. This is a meticulous process but makes a significant improvement in the skin’s texture.
Hypertrophic scars grow above the surface of the skin. They are most commonly found on the torso, but they can happen anywhere on the body. Hypertrophic scars are more common after a deep wound or trauma. Keloids are also hypertrophic scars, but they grow larger than the original wound. They send out raised, lateral branches that expand much farther than the wound itself, continuing to grow long after the original wound has healed. Some people are very prone to developing keloids.
Treating hypertrophic scars and keloids
There are a number of options for treating hypertrophic scars. Treatment can include steroid creams, silicone gels, cryotherapy, laser treatments, or injections to help shrink and flatten the scar. Care must be taken to avoid aggravating the skin, which can lead to a worsening of the keloid.
Acne scars and treatments in Charlotte, NC
If you seek to avoid problems with your skin, hair, or nails, Dermatology Specialists of Charlotte can provide high quality and innovative treatment in a caring and professional environment. Dr. Nixon is a board-certified dermatologist whose dedication, experience, and knowledge will provide the best possible treatment for your cosmetic concerns.
Their range of services includes medical, cosmetic, and surgical dermatology; including removal of skin cancer. In addition to Halo by Sciton, they provide a full range of cosmetic offerings such as skin tightening, fat reduction, chemical peels, Botox treatments, microdermabrasion, and more. Treatment is available for both adult and pediatric patients. Call Dermatology Specialists of Charlotte today for a skin evaluation and analysis of stubborn fat to see if you are a candidate for acne scar treatment.