Acne Scars

Acne is a common inflammatory skin condition that causes blemishes and pimples, which most commonly occur on the face, neck, back, shoulders, and upper arms. These breakouts occur when sebum, which is produced by the sebaceous glands, clog the hair follicles in the skin. Consequently, the clogged pores result in swollen inflammations in the form of pimples. Acne can come in many forms including whiteheads, blackheads, cysts, and nodules. Although it is not a dangerous condition, acne can leave behind skin scars and can be an embarrassing condition for many.

Fairview Laser Clinic is the leading cosmetic dermatology clinic offering a variety of acne and acne scar treatments in Toronto.

What Are Acne Scars?

Acne scars are often the byproduct of inflamed blemishes and can come in a variety of forms. They can happen if blemished are picked at or popped, which can further damage the skin and leave scarring. However, scars can still develop regardless of how careful one is with their skin. Inflamed blemishes and cystic breakouts are the most likely to scar, however for some, even minor breakouts can lead to scarring.

There are several different side effects and scarring types that acne can cause on the skin, including:

Post-Inflammatory Pigmentation (PIH)

PIH occurs when the skin is left darkened or discoloured after a wound has healed. It is very common with acne and appears as dark, flat spots on the skin. They are usually brown, red, or purple. These scars can take a very long time to disappear on their own.

Atrophic Scars

Pitted, depressed or atrophic scars sit below the surface of the surrounding skin and are most common on the face. This type of scarring occurs during the skin’s healing process when there is a loss of tissue and a lack of collagen production.

Hypertrophic Scars

Hypertrophic, keloid, or raised scars occur when the body produces too much collagen during the healing process, which results in a raised appearance on the surface of the skin. This type of scarring is the most common with back and chest acne.

How to Treat Acne Scars

Fairview Laser Clinic offers a variety of laser and non-laser acne scars treatments in Toronto. The right treatment for you will depend on what kind of acne scarring you have and the individual person.

Laser Treatments

Non-Laser Treatments

What Areas Can Be Treated for Acne Scars?

Acne most commonly appears on your face, forehead, chest, upper back and shoulders. Acne scar treatments in Toronto are most commonly used on the face, but they can also be used on other parts of the body that are affected by unwanted acne scars. The treatment method that can be appropriately used on specific parts of the body will vary. Get back a healthy texture and tone of your skin.

What Results Can I Expect for Acne Scars?

The results you can expect from your acne scar treatment in Toronto will greatly depend on the treatment option you go with.

Fairview’s laser treatments for acne scarring generally serve the same purpose. Using laser light technology to create heat underneath the surface of the skin, it can reduce active acne breakouts and promotes the healthy production of collagen to reduce the appearance of pitted scars. Collagen gives your skin the support it needs to heal and if your body produces too little collagen, you will be left with a scar. By stimulating the collagen at the deepest level of your skin, your acne scars will be filled from the inside out.

The VBeam Laser is effective in combating the red pigmentation left behind from post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. This laser specifically targets red pigmentation on the skin and can also be used to treat small red capillaries and red vessels on the skin.

The Blue & Red Light acne scar treatment uses a combination of blue and red lights in the treatment of mild to moderate acne. While the blue light spectrum works to kill bacteria in the pores that cause breakouts and inflammation, the red light spectrum helps reduce inflammation associated with acne flare ups.

A TCA Peel uses trichloroacetic acid as a medium strength chemical agent applied to the face or hands to exfoliate and renew the skin in the treated area. TCA works well for treating darker skin types and has the ability to remove superficial blemishes, correct pigmentation, and smooth out fine lines and wrinkles.

Topical aminolevulinic acid a photosensitizing agent is applied and allowed to incubate on the skin. The incubation time allows the photosensitizing agent to be absorbed into the skin and into the sebaceous glands. Next, the patient is placed under red or blue light for 15 to 20 minutes. This light activates the photosensitizing agent, which kills acne bacteria and helps shrink oil glands.

How Long Do Acne Scar Results Last?

Depending on the patient and their condition, a non-laser treatment alone may be the more appropriate treatment for their acne and acne scarring case. In others, the non-laser treatment can be combined with a laser treatment to achieve the most effective results. During your private consultation, your unique condition will be assessed and a recommendation will be made for the most effective treatment for your specific needs and requirements.

It is possible that multiple kinds of treatments might be necessary depending on the severity of the scarring and how your skin responds. If you don’t see the results you want from your acne scar treatment in Toronto, make an appointment to reassess your options.

Are There Any Risks with Treatments for Acne Scars?

The risks and side effects associated with acne scar treatment in Toronto will depend on which treatment method you choose. Particularly, laser treatments can cause various side effects, including redness, swelling, itching, photosensitivity and hyperpigmentation. In severe cases it can result in blistering and further scarring. All risks associated with acne scar treatments will be reviewed in-depth during your consultation.

At the Fairview laser Clinic, Dr. Jain offers non-laser treatments for acne and acne scarring. If you suffer from unwanted acne scars, contact us today to book a free consultation!

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