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 eliminate scars completely, treatments are available which 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.  Active acne needs to be stabilized for a period of six months or more before acne scarring treatment can be considered.


A combination approach is generally recommended.  This can include non-ablative laser resurfacing, Halo or micro-needling treatments to promote healing below the skin, surgical procedures such as punch grafting or subcision to remove or loosen scarred tissue, and dermal fillers which help to plump and lift indented skin. IPL or Laser Genesis can help to decrease any redness or pigmentation that can accompany both deep and shallow acne scars. Regular microdermabrasion or peels can help to 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


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