Around 95% of those affected by acne develop scars, either superficial or deep. Acne scars are caused by inflammation within the dermis of the skin. The scar is created by abnormal healing following this dermal inflammation. The repair is generally not as smooth or flawless as the original skin.
Scarring is most likely to take place with severe acne, but may occur with any form of acne. Acne scars are classified based on whether the abnormal healing response leads to deposition of excess collagen or loss at the site of the acne lesion. Scarring needs to be attended to and treated not only for cosmetic reasons like improved appearance but also to enhance one’s self esteem
To begin with it is necessary to take a few precautions before treating acne scars
Laser is a wonderful tool for acne scars, Its advantages are:
A wide variety of scars can be treated effectively. The procedure is usually done after controlling active acne adequately
Application of numbing cream for 45 minutes before the procedure ensures maximum comfort
Around 4-6 sessions are necessary
Approximately 4-6 weeks between sessions
After treatment there is redness in the treated area. This may last for 4-6 days after which there is peeling of the treated skin and new skin appears.
The area needs to be kept dry and antibiotic cream applied. Sunscreen cream needs to be applied every day. Also it is advisable to avoid sun exposure.