30% of those with moderate or severe acne vulgaris have acne scar.
To reduce the chance of scarring, seek treatment for acne early. Severe acne can often be cured.
HOW many types of acne scar?
Ice-pick scars – these are deep, narrow, pitted scars
Rolling scars – broad depressions with a sloping edge
Boxcar scars – broad depressions with sharply defined edges
Hypertrophic or keloid scars – thick lumpy scars
Are the treatment option for acne scar all the same?
NO. It depends on the type of acne scar.
Generally, there are 8 type of treatment for acne scar. NOT all type of treatment are suitable for the patients.
Ice pick and boxcar scars:
Punch grafting for deep scars
TCA CROSS (Chemical Reconstruction Of Skin Scarring)
Subcision: a surgical technique in which the fibrous band under the scar is divided, allowing the skin to return to its normal position
PRP (aka Platelet rich plasma)
Filler: Soft tissue augmentation techniques such as hyaluronic acid, collagen, gelatin matrix and fat implants
Laser resurfacing (Er:YAG and ablative fractional lasers)
Potent topical steroids applied under occlusion to the scar for a few weeks
Intralesional steroid injections
Silicone gel dressing