What are the types of acne scars?
Acne scars can be divided into 3 main types:
- Ice-pick scars – these are pitted scars
- Atrophic scars –depressed scars
- Hypertrophic or keloidscars – thickened, overgrown scars
What are the treatment options for acne scars?
Atrophic scars can be managed with the following measures, RF Skin microneedling, Laser resurfacing, subcision and chemical peels.
Ice pick scars can be managed with the following options: Laser resurfacing and RF skin microneedling
Hypertrophic scars can be managed with the following options
- Intralesional steroid injectionsinto the body of the scar
- Skin needlingwith intracel
- Laser resurfacing
- Surgical revision
Unfortunately, true acne scars never completely disappear, although their appearance usually improves with time. They can be disguised with concealers.
What is the treatment process?
Depending on the depth of your scars, a combination of chemical peels, subcision, laser resurfacing and RF microneedling can be used. Subcision involves incising the fibres and releasing the skin tissue from the deeper scar fibres.
Q: What is INTRAcel (RF microneedling) treatment?
A: INTRAcel uses insulated needles to pass through the epidermis and directly irradiates RF energy into dermis.
As the needles are insulated apart from their tips, the micro holes that are created, are not exposed to thermal damage. This in turn minimizes the side effects of the pigmentation and spares any damage to the skin.
Q: How many treatments will I need?
A: Treatments will be specific to you, normally 1 to 3 INTRAcel treatments are required. Your medical practitioner will advise you.
Q: What should I expect after treatment?
A: It is possible to have redness on the treated area up to 3-4 days
Q: How do I know if my skin is suitable for this treatment?
A: INTRAcel is recommended for the following conditions:
Skin tightening with intracel non needle mode
- Delivers Radiofrequency energy to the epidermis and applies for fine wrinkles, skin whitening and tightening.
- After care includes a hydrolifting mask
Dr Daniel Chang