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The best treatments for Acne Scars

Acne is one of the most common dermatological diseases of the face and can also occur on the body. It usually occurs in adolescence, but can happen at various stages of a person’s life. If the symptoms are too severe or not treated properly, acne can leave scars and scars, which can have a psychological and social impact on a person’s quality of life.

Fractional Laser is considered the best treatment for acne scars and marks, new or old. It is ideally combined with autologous PRP mesotherapy, achieving “fading” of scars, even tone and firmer, more elastic skin.

Other treatments used on their own or in combination to eliminate acne scars are chemical peels and hyaluronic fillers that “fill in” deeper scars.

Fractional Laser Treatment

Treatment Duration 25-30 minutes
Result Appears Right after treatment – Final results after completing a set of sessions
Results Duration Permanently after completing a set of sessions
Cost Starts at 89€ (session price per package deal)
Technique Νon-invasive treatment
Doctor’s Specialty Dermatologist, Plastic Surgeon
Pain Level Painless
Anaesthesia None or Local anesthetic cream
Recovery Time Zero time is needed
Consultation Appointment Free of charge

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Acne Scars

Fractional Laser Treatment

One of the leading treatments for acne scars is Fractional Laser CO2. With recommended treatment repetitions, the laser removes the top layer of skin revealing healthier and clearer skin underneath.

At the same time, its action stimulates collagen and elastin production with spectacular results: even the deepest acne scars become less visible and their relief is reduced.

The combination of this treatment with autologous PRP mesotherapy completes the successful result in the best way, leading to skin regeneration and improvement of skin quality.

Laser for acne scars.

Advantages

  • Cleanses the outer layer of the skin and “erases” visible scars

  • Activates fibroblasts and the production of collagen and elastin

  • It is a painless and safe treatment with guaranteed results on all types of scars

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PDT Photodynamic Acne Treatment

In addition to Fractional Laser treatment, acne scars can be treated with other forms of treatment, individually or in combination. The dermatologist will come up with the best treatment after examining the skin and according to the type, depth and size of the scars.

Phototherapy for acne helps thanks to its regenerative and scarring properties, and very often the dermatologist may suggest a combination of autologous PRP or Dermapen mesotherapy.

These therapeutic combinations can give an excellent result, with healthy, smooth and luminous skin, even in the most difficult cases of acne scars.

What are acne scars.

Advantages

  • Photodynamic therapy is very effective for acne and scars

  • The combination of the light spectrum cleanses the skin from acne pathogens and regenerates it

  • PRP autologous mesotherapy, combined, makes the skin smoother, brighter and more elastic

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Chemical Peeling Treatment

Chemical peels are a popular and very effective treatment for acne scars. By examining your skin and assessing the severity of your acne and scars, the dermatologist will recommend the right treatment for you.

To treat acne scars with peeling, glycolic acid is commonly used, which is particularly effective when combined with lactic and mandelic acid, while trichloroacetic acid (TCA) also has excellent results, and if there is hyperpigmentation of the scar, she may recommend azelaic acid because of its bleaching properties.

Peeling for acne.

Advantages

  • For each individual scar or acne problem the doctor chooses the most suitable chemical peeling

  • It is safe and effective on acne scars with a very short recovery time

  • They bring out the healthiest skin and “erase” scars and marks

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PRP – Facial Autologous Mesotherapy

The autologous PRP facial mesotherapy is ideally combined with the other treatments for acne scars and can be applied either injectably or with the microneedling technique.The treatment is performed by applying blood plasma from the patient himself, taking advantage of its beneficial regenerative and therapeutic properties.

At the same time, the insertion of tiny needles into the skin surrounding the scar stimulates the production of more collagen. The collagen produced reduces the appearance of atrophic acne scars by smoothing the skin and giving it a healthier appearance, glow and even color.

Dermapen microneedling for acne.

Advantages

  • PRP mesotherapy activates the natural healing process of the skin

  • After each session, the skin looks healthier, softer and more elastic

  • Combines well with other treatments for acne scars such as Fractional Laser

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“Fill up” with Hyaluronic Acid Fillers

In cases of deeper scars, the doctor may recommend dermal fillers that actually “fill” the scar, smoothing it out and making it flatter.

Treatment for acne scars with fillers is often complementary to other treatments and helps to complete a more dramatic result.

Fillers for acne scars.

Advantages

  • Fillers are “polymorphic” and can fill even deep acne scars

  • The result is immediately visible

  • Their application can even “erase” old, deep scars and acne scars

Acne Scars

Treatment with creams and ointments with medicinal substances

Various over-the-counter medications in the form of a cream or ointment can help reduce the appearance of acne scars. However, depending on your skin type, they can cause complications, so you should seek the advice of a dermatologist before using them. Typically, pharmaceutical products contain the ingredients you see in the right-hand columns.

  • Salicylic acid

    Salicylic acid creams help remove dirt, dead cells and other debris that lead to acne from the pores of the skin. As such, they help reduce swelling and redness in the area, which can improve the appearance of scars. They may cause dryness or irritation.

  • Alpha hydroxy acids

    Alpha hydroxy acids are a mild form of acid, such as glycolic acid, citric acid and lactic acid. They cause exfoliation that removes the outer layer of skin to reveal the new skin underneath. This process helps reduce hyperpigmentation caused by scarring. At high concentrations, swelling, burning and itching may occur.

  • Retinoids

    Certain topical retinoids reduce acne lesions, prevent inflammation, speed up cell regeneration and can help with certain types of scars. It is important to wear sunscreen outdoors because retinoids cause skin irritation when exposed to the sun.

  • It is good to know…

    It is important to keep in mind that over-the-counter creams, gels and lotions, although they might cause some improvement in appearance, are unable to remove or completely flatten an embossed scar.

    For any problem with acne or acne scars, seek the expert advice of a dermatologist.

Acne Scars

Types

Atrophic acne scars

Atrophic acne scars are more common than keloid and hypertrophic scars with a ratio of 3:1. They appear as small indentations in the skin and are formed when the skin does not produce enough fibroblasts during the healing process. Fibroblasts are cells that play a key role in wound healing and collagen production.

  • Icepick scars: These are small indented scars that extend deep into the dermis and sometimes can reach the subcutaneous tissue. They are the most common form of acne scars and are mainly found on the cheeks. They account for about 60% to 70% of atrophic scars and resemble chickenpox scars.
  • Boxcar scars: They are the second most common. They are deepened narrow scars, with larger indentations than the acute ones and clear edges in the form of a square.
  • Rolling scars: These are less common, have fuzzy edges and the combination of these gives the skin a wavy appearance.

Cheloid acne scars

They are similar to hypertrophic scars, but they are thicker. They often show hyperpigmentation, which makes the surface of the scar darker than the surrounding skin. They tend to be red or brown in colour and may sometimes cause itching or pain.

Hypertrophic acne scars

These occur when the skin produces an excessive number of fibroblasts during healing, causing a raised scar.

Acne Scars Treatments

Natural ways: Are they effective?

There are many creams with natural substances from herbal extracts that promise to get rid of acne scars. But, scientific research shows that only a very small number of these products can bring about some improvement in the appearance of scars. In addition, some creams depending on the skin type can cause further irritation or other problems, so you should use them with caution.

Treatment with natural remedies may have some benefits on superficial and small scars. However, in deep skin lesions and scars, natural ways of treatment run the risk of causing more harm than good.

Natural acne treatment.