Acne scars come in all shapes and sizes, including the notable box scars, rolling scars, and ice-pick scars. The idea behind effective treatments is to traumatise the skin in a controlled way, in order for collagen to remodel. This gradually irons out scars and reduces their appearance significantly. To quantify acne scarring in a scientific way, we use our special Antera 3D imaging camera. This allows us to measure the size and distribution of acne scars. With an effective treatment plan, we then measure improvement over time, so you can be encouraged that our procedures are actually working. Since they are scars, acne scarring will not disappear completely. However, at Venus Medical we have some of the most advanced energy-based systems available to treat them, and get you results you will love. As well as improving texture and smoothness, we can treat the redness associated with some acne scars.
Does microdermabrasion work for acne scars?
Microdermabrasion is a very light “sanding” of the skin to remove dead skin cells and improve skin texture. However, it usually has no significant effect on acne scarring because the scars are deeper than this treatment can reach. We see many patients who have had numerous light treatments for acne scarring with little or no results. Any form of scarring, including acne scarring, requires more comprehensive medical treatments.
Which treatment is best for me?
You will learn this following a careful assessment and skin analysis at the clinic. This includes 3D imaging of the acne scars using our Antera 3D technology. Morpheus8 is currently one of our most powerful and effective treatments for acne scarring.
Are the treatments painful?
Morpheus8 and CO2 laser treatments for acne scarring require nerve blocks to completely numb the areas. After these quick initial injections, you will not feel anything and you will be comfortable.
What is the downtime like?
Typically, you will be red and a have some swelling for 2-3 days. This can extend to about one week after laser resurfacing. You may be prescribed antiviral and antibiotics tablets after these treatments as a precaution to prevent infection.
How do I know the treatments work?
At Venus Medical, we measure improvement in your skin after procedures. We can measure, quantitatively, how much your skin texture has improved, and even measure the volume of acne scars and their improvement. This way you can be satisfied the treatments are working.
We’re here to help you achieve natural-looking results whatever your concerns.