Scarring following acne is incredibly common, and it affects 20% of those with mild acne and 80% of those with severe acne. The psychological impact of acne scars should not be underestimated, as it is associated with anxiety, depression and lowered self esteem. Studies have shown that the presence of acne scars project a negative impact on the perception of others.
It is really important to get the acne under good control first so that new scars do not form. Once this is achieved a combination of treatments can be explored for the acne scars depending on the type and number of scars present.
- Surgical procedures include subcision (release of any tethering under the scar) or excision of the scar.
- Resurfacing procedures to smooth and tighten the skin with Tixel, laser or chemical peels
- Filling procedures to raise any depression with filler injection
- Deep chemical peeling to individual icepick scars (TCA Cross technique)
Most patients will derive benefit from treatments for acne scarring. While it is not realistic to remove all evidence of scars, treatments significantly improve the confidence and quality of life of sufferers.
If you would like assessment and treatment for acne scarring then please arrange to see one of our Dermatologists who will be happy to help.
“Scarring following acne is incredibly common. The psychological impact of acne scars should not be underestimated. Combination treatments can bring about significant improvement in acne scarring.”