Scars & Stretchmarks
If you've had severe acne, you probably have the scars to prove it.... or at least pigmentation.
There are many types of acne scars. There are a variety of treatment options depending on
the type of acne scars you have.
Acne scars result after skin
follicles become blocked by excessive oils and the physiology of keratin and
old skin cells trigger an inflammatory response reaction.
When the pimple finally resolves,
there is a atrophic scar or crater like cavity, these depressions are labeled as:
An atrophic scar takes the form of a sunken
recess in the skin, which has a pitted appearance. These are caused when
underlying structures supporting the skin are lost. This type of scarring is often
associated with acne,
chickenpox, other diseases (MRSA)
infection, surgery, or accidents
These are raised, red scars that occur when the body overproduces collagen, which causes the scar to be raised
above the surrounding skin.
These are hypertrophic scars that are the result of an overly aggressive healing process. They
extend beyond the original injury. They are common on the shoulders and decolletage. Smaller keloids can be
treated. Keloid scars are most common among
people with dark skin.
If your skin has been burned, you may have a contracture scar. These scars
tighten skin, which can impair your ability to move. Contracture scars may
also go deeper, affecting muscles and nerves.
Stretch marks are also a form of
scarring that take place in the dermis (the elastic layer of the skin
that shapes the tissue). These are caused when the skin is stretched
rapidly, continually or stretched beyond its limits, the tissue is damaged and
stretch marks form.This
scar type is sunken, because the collagen bundles do not overextend the tissue.
Micro-needling Scar Re-modelling Treatment
Currently there are ablative and
non-ablative treatments offered which can damage the epidermis and evaporate
the skin leading to thinner epidermis problems. The micro-needling keeps the
epidermal integrity fully intact while treating the area which speeds
healing time and causes less pain.
Micro-needling can provide fabulous improvement of the appearances of scars and stretch marks.
The micro needles of the micro-needling cause new collagen and elastin to
be generated, as well as new capillary growth which can improve blood supply to
the area. This helps create healthier existing skin as well as providing a
healthy foundation for the new skin.
The physical nature of “micro-needling”
breaks up this fibrous and uneven scar tissue and stimulates the growth of new
Although the skin can never be completely returned to its original
smoothness, micro-needling can greatly reduce most of the textural issues.
Scar remodeling is gradual, and can
take up to 6 months for maximal affect. While each patient is different and
conditions will vary, the typical treatment regimen will consist of a series of 5-6 needling procedures with micro-needling.
and before & after photos