Are you seeking the most effective acne scar treatment in Dubai? Wondering if there is really a clinical procedure to help improve the appearance of the acne scars on your face? The answer is yes, there are a number of skin resurfacing procedures that are really effective in improving the appearance of the deepest acne scars. As far as getting acne scar treatment in Dubai is concerned, you can always put your confidence in the services offered by Dubai Cosmetic Surgery, one of the best cosmetic surgery facilities in the United Arab Emirates.
Acne is one of the most common skin conditions today, with a prevalence rate of 1 in 5 people. Caused by clogged pores and excessive sebum production, acne causes pimples or cysts on the skin. This condition can affect people of all genders, ages and ethnicities, but mostly during teenage and may remain well into your later years of life.
Some people are lucky enough to see it vanish as they grow old, others are not so fortunate. Even after the breakouts go away, they leave behind a visible reminder of acne in the form of red mark or a deep scar. Most of the individuals with acne scars have been found blaming themselves for this distressing condition, since it is often said that picking at acne makes you more prone to acne scars. While this myth is true to some extent, scarring is part of the skin’s normal healing process. Some skin types are more prone to scarring while others are very good at scar-less healing.
Whatever the reason maybe behind you getting acne scars, be it your genes or your bad habit of picking at acne, the truth is, they are always unwelcome. Since ages people have been seeking ways to get rid of acne as well as acne scars. But before discussing the treatment options, let’s have a look into different types of acne scars, since understanding the nature and type of your acne scar really helps in choosing an effective treatment plan.
Types of Acne Scars:
Based on their depth, acne scars are broadly divided into two types:
These scars are slightly raised above the surface of the skin and are dry in texture. As the name suggests they are shallow scars which damage only the top most layer of skin and are easier to treat than deeper scars.
Contrary to superficial scars, pitted acne scars are deeper, pitted into the skin, which form as a result of damage caused to the inner layers of the skin. These scars generally have the appearance of holes or indentations.
In either case, scars are very unsightly and not at all visually appealing. Scarring can be traumatic for the acne sufferers. Dermatologists claim that the level of anxiety and depression caused by acne scars is much more than that caused by acne itself. However, the good news is that acne scars can be effectively treated in a number of ways, from do-it-yourself natural remedies to over-the-counter creams and ointments to various surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures.
Natural remedies for acne scars:
While there are countless do-it-yourself home remedies that are really effective for treating acne and acne scars, they all need a lot of time and patience to deliver results. And in today’s era of technology people have everything but time; they all want instant results.
Topical creams and serums
Another way of treating acne scars is through over the counter and prescription creams and ointments. There are numerous products available today that claim to completely diminish acne scars anywhere on your body, be it face, neck, chest or back, and that too within a few days. While there are some products that really work, most of them just claim; in reality none of them works. Consumers buy the products out of desperation, only to be disappointed again and again.
Clinical procedures for acne scar treatment
If you are really seeking an effective way to get rid of acne scars, better go for some clinical procedure. Almost every cosmetic surgery clinic offers a number of cosmetic procedures that help improve the appearance of acne scars. Dubai Cosmetic Surgery is an internationally recognized cosmetic surgery facility offering acne scar treatment in Dubai as well as in Pakistan. We offer a wide range of surgical and non-surgical skin resurfacing procedures to treat acne scars as well as the scars caused by injury, burn or surgery. Acne scar treatments offered at Dubai Cosmetic Surgery include:
Microdermabrasion is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure used for skin rejuvenation. It is really effective in dealing with superficial acne scars. During the procedure the uppermost layer of dead skin cells, the stratum corneum, is sloughed off using a special machine called microderm machine. It applies tiny rough grains of diamonds, crystals and bristle tips on the skin surface to peel off the damaged top layer of skin. The procedure is virtually painless done with topical anesthesia. It is a simple and safe procedure with no downtime. You can simply get the treatment during your lunch break and get back to work immediately after that. However, your skin may be slightly red and photosensitive for a couple of hours after the procedure, so avoid exposure to direct sunlight. If necessary, wear sunscreen with sun protection factor (SPF) 35 or above.
The results will be noticeable immediately, but optimal results can be seen after a few treatments.
Chemical peels comprise another very popular and effective procedure for acne scar removal. During the procedure a chemical solution is applied to the skin which causes blisters and the top most damaged layer of skin gradually peels off. The new skin that is uncovered is smoother with a more even skin tone.
Chemical peels are great for improving the appearance of mild scarring. Individuals with fair skin and light hair are considered as ideal candidates for chemical peels. People with darker skin are more likely to suffer from skin discoloration after the treatment. Like Microdermabrasion, chemical peels also increase photosensitivity of the skin, so it is essential to wear sunscreen daily. The results of this treatment are noticeable immediately after the first treatment; however, more treatments may be needed depending on the individual’s skin condition and depth of the acne scars.
Dermabrasion is also a popular clinical procedure used for treating deep acne scars. Similar to Microdermabrasion, it is a relatively stronger skin resurfacing procedure that uses a wire brush or a diamond wheel with rough edges to remove the acne-affected layers of the skin. The brush rotates rapidly scraping off damaged skin causing wounds on the skin. As the wounds heal new skin forms and replaces the damaged skin that was removed during Dermabrasion. The newly exposed skin is evenly toned, clear and smooth, free of acne scars.
Laser Skin Resurfacing:
Laser skin resurfacing is probably the most effective and the most demanded acne scar treatment nowadays. The latest advances in laser technology have made it a great deal more effective and less invasive than the traditional ablative skin resurfacing lasers. This technique directs short, concentrated and pulsating beams of light at irregular areas of the skin, removing the damaged skin it layer by layer. The most commonly used lasers are the CO2 fractional laser and erbium laser. Both treatments are really effective in improving the appearance of superficial and pitted acne scars
Fractional CO2 laser treatment:
Fractional CO2 laser uses small columns of fractionated energy to ablate damaged layers of skin. Tiny wounds are created in the skin and the surrounding healthy skin helps to heal the injured areas, forming new collagen and elastin. By targeting deeper zones within the skin as opposed to the entire skin surface, fractional CO2 treatment is a one-time procedure performed under local anesthesia. It offers an improvement in acne scarring, wrinkles and skin discoloration/pigmentation by stimulating growth of collagen.
The procedure generally takes 20 to 25 minutes to complete, but the preparation time, and the post treatment time makes it lengthier, taking the treatment time to will take about 1.5 hours. Pre-procedure preparations involve numbing the treatment area by applying topical anesthesia on the skin or by administering local anesthesia. Post-treatment clinical care involves cooling down the skin through a cooling treatment, which normally takes 20 to 25 minutes.
Besides treating acne scars, Fractional CO2 laser also helps treat superficial lesions and uneven skin texture. It can also be performed in combination with other procedures such as eyelid lift, injectable fillers or facelift.
IPL (Intense Pulsed Light):
It is a non-ablative cosmetic procedure that uses a beam of high intensity light. These beams of light are not lasers but work in a similar way. IPL can be used to treat acne scars alone as well as in combination with other cosmetic treatments. This technique is also used to treat brown spots, sun damaged skin, enlarged pores and skin tightening in combination with other laser or radiofrequency procedures. IPL is also useful in hair removal and treatment of superficial vascular changes of the skin.
This is the most advanced type of laser that allows a dermatologist to treat a fraction of the skin surface at a time, causing injuries at a microscopic level. This promotes growth of collagen formation and cellular repair, hence improving the appearance of acne scars. As fraxel works in a similar way as does an ablative laser it can be used for various other skin resurfacing procedures, such as treating fine lines and wrinkles, brown, spots, melasma and pigmentation changes.
Frequently asked questions about Acne Scar Treatment
HOW LASER TREATMENT for Acne Scars is PERFORMED?
At the time of consultation one of our internationally recognized laser experts will inform you about what to expect from the treatment. Besides sharing with you the details of the procedure and its complications and limitations, the clinician will also explain alternative treatments as well that are available for treating acne scars.
Prior to the treatment, the dermatologist will perform patch test to check how your skin will respond to the laser. Once the client is ready for the treatment the area to be treated is cleaned and a topical anesthetic is applied to numb the area.
During the procedure a slight stinging sensation is felt with each pulse of the laser. Latest lasers come with an inbuilt cooling device that helps decrease skin temperature minimizing the possibility of burns from the laser heat.
HOW LONG DOES THE Acne scar TREATMENTS TAKE?
The time taken by the acne scar treatment varies significantly from person to person, depending on the size of the area being treated as well as the technique used. A small area can take only 5 minutes whereas a larger area may take 1 hour. Similarly, laser treatments are done quite quickly as compared to the acne scar treatments without laser. Similarly, deep scars need more time as compared to mild superficial scars.
Only your dermatologist can tell you the exact details after assessing your condition during the initial consultation.
CAN ACNE LASER TREATMENTS BE PERFORMED IN COMBINATION WITH OTHER TREATMENTS?
The latest research has shown that laser acne scar treatment can be combined with other skincare procedures as well as home care solutions to help you achieve the desired aesthetic goals. Only your surgeon can help you decide the best combination based on your skin type and the severity of condition.
ARE THEse TREATMENTS PAINFUL?
An acne scar treatment can cause a mild to moderate discomfort. Most people find it to cause a burning or stinging sensation and the level of discomfort varies from person to person. Considering your pain threshold, your dermatologist may apply some topical anesthesia at the treatment site or administer local anesthesia to numb the area and minimize the pain.
What to expect after the treatment?
After the procedure the treated area may be a bit red and swollen just like mild sunburn. Your doctor will prescribe you a topical cream to soothe the skin. Sometimes the treated skin also becomes slightly crusty but this is not a serious issue, it will subside in a few days. Your skin will also be photosensitive after getting acne scar treatment so avoid going out in the sun during peak hours (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.). If necessary, wear a sunscreen to avoid sunburn or any other skin reaction.
If you are seeking the best place to get acne scar treatment in Dubai then make a free online consultation today and let one of our highly experienced board certified dermatologists guide you.