If you are bothered by deep acne scars left behind by past breakouts, you don’t have to live with them forever. Fortunately, there are treatments available that can get rid of unsightly acne scars for good. So how can you treat acne scars?
What Causes Acne Scars?
Acne scars often develop due to damage to the skin when active acne is healing, because the collagen fibers that form during the repair process are often irregular.
How Can I Treat Deep Acne Scars?
Treatments for deep acne scars include:
TCA CROSS means Trichloroacetic Acid (TCA) Chemical Reconstruction Of Skin Scars (CROSS). It is a technique that treats deep acne scars such as ice pick scars and rolling scars. During treatment, a small amount of TCA is applied to the scar. This triggers an inflammatory response which promotes collagen production and improves the appearance of the scar.
Fat transfer is another solution for deep acne scars. The fat cells for the fat transfer procedure are harvested by liposuction from the donor site, usually the abdomen or hips. They are then cleaned, processed, and injected directly into the scars. The fat cells fill in the depressed scars and give them a smoother, flatter appearance.
PRP (platelet-rich plasma) therapy has recently been used as a treatment for acne scars. PRP is a serum of concentrated platelets derived from the patient’s blood. The procedure involves drawing a small amount of blood from the patient and spinning it at high speed in a centrifuge to isolate the plasma from the red blood cells. The PRP serum is injected into the targeted scars, and the growth factors present in the serum accelerate healing, and diminish acne scars.
If acne scars are a problem for you, these treatments can reduce their appearance and leave your skin looking smoother and clearer.