What Are Acne Scars?
Acne can easily lead to scarring which can be distressing for those affected and challenging to treat. Although it may not be possible to remove acne scars completely, timely treatments can significantly improve their appearance.
Acne scars develop as a result of inflammation and infection which destroy the collagen in the underlying tissue. Scars can vary in depth and appearance, and in some cases are accompanied by red or brown pigmentation.
Any active acne outbreaks need to be stabilized for a period of at least six months before starting acne scarring treatments.
Acne Scars Treatments
The best results in treating acne scars are mostly achieved with a combination of procedures:
- Non-ablative laser resurfacing, Halo or microneedling treatments promote healing below the skin.
- Surgical procedures like punch grafting or subcision remove or loosen scarred tissue.
- Dermal fillers help to plump and lift indented skin.
- IPL or laser genesis decrease any redness or pigmentation that can accompany both deep and shallow acne scars.
- Regular microdermabrasion or peels improve skin quality and overall appearance and are a good preventative measure to help control future breakouts.
Treatments for acne scars are not covered by OHIP.