Medical Procedures for Acne Scar Removal

Acne problem is perhaps one of the most annoying problems that we could encounter in our entire life. As much as possible we do not want these pimples to leave scars in our faces. Yes, the real problem here is the scars that these pimples could give us. But the good thing here is there are lots of ways on how to remove acne scar. It ranges from natural remedies, to cosmetic products, and to medical procedures.

As we all know, there are various acne scarring (ice pick scarring, atrophic scarring, and hypertrophic scarring). Regardless of what kind of acne scarring you got, there are medical procedures to remove acne scar.   

·         Chemical Peels
In this kind of medical procedure, chemical solutions will be used to induce skin “burns” and blisters. After that, the burnt skin will start to peel and will leave a new and smooth skin. The chemical solution can be mild or strong which is suitable for light scarring or deep thick scarring, respectively. The type of chemical peel and number of repetitions must be determined by a dermatologist. Avoid any sun exposure because new skin is definitely sensitive to sun light.

·         Dermabrasion
For this procedure, the skin is purposely wounded and bled in order to induce new skin rebirth. A tool with rough-edged brush spins to smooth, shape, and remove layers of dead skin including those with acne scars.  This is usually done with local anesthetic and ice, or if you are categorized in severe cases, you will be put to sleep. This also usually involves multiple sessions until the desired results are reached.

·         Laser resurfacing
In laser resurfacing, pulsed or steady light is used to “hit” the affected area to remove the upper layer of the skin (scar). The good thing about this procedure is that the skin damage due to laser heat is very minimal. Nonetheless, curing period usually takes two weeks.

·         Punch Excision Grafting
In this procedure, the scarred areas will be “punched out” using a punch tool. Then a skin graft from behind ear will be used to cover up the opening marks left by the tool. The tool used is a punch biopsy tool with sizes from 1.5 mm to 3.5 mm. A local anesthesia is usually applied during the operation. This procedure is best for deep acne scars.

There is also called the “punch excision”, which is basically the same procedure without the grafting. This will leave a scar but will fade out eventually.

Engaging in a medical procedure for removing scars may really the most effective to deal with the zits. However, always remember that taking care of your face does not end with these procedures. It is a continuous process involving everyday cleaning of your face, healthy diet, exercise, and sleeping adequately that you must do to avoid future acne scarring problems again.

Nonetheless, the medical procedures mentioned above differ in methods of acne scar removal, curing time, costs, and many others. Before engaging yourself to any of it, consult your dermatologist first. They will guide you as to what best suits your acne scar problem and budget.