ACNE SCAR REMOVAL TREATMENTS
People who have had acne can be very distressed and become self-conscious. Even if acne eventually clears, people may stay with pigmentation and scars on their skin. Fortunately, there are numerous treatments available at Lucia Clinic that help its patients clear acne scars and regain their self-confidence. The treatments are innovative, effective and safe and can significantly reduce the scars or eliminate them completely. Skin experts at Lucia Clinic can advise patients on the best treatment that will help them enjoy their clear skin again.
WHY DO ACNE SCARS APPEAR?
Acne scars develop if there are some complications with acne. All types of acne can cause scars but they usually develop when there are cysts and nodules on the skin. The patient’s body tries really hard to heal the wounds that are caused by acne. The body produces too much collagen, which builds up in the skin and stays there permanently. Acne scars then develop in the place where excessive collagen has built up.
There are several types of acne scars – rolling scars, that make the skin texture appear uneven, ice pick scars, that look like small and deep holes and boxcar scars, that appear in the form of a crater in the skin.
Some acne scars can improve a bit if they are not too severe, but usually, they require some kind of treatment to disappear completely.
In order to find the right acne scar treatment, the patient is first consulted with Lucia’s skin therapist. The therapist examines the acne scars that the patient has, and creates a customized treatment plan, especially for that patient.
The treatments for acne scar removal at Lucia Clinic include:
This minimally invasive treatment combines fractional RF energy and micro-needling to improve uneven skin texture and reduce acne scars. It regenerates the skin at subdermal levels and triggers the production of collagen.
This treatment can treat the skin at different depths, depending on the severity of acne scars.
It is safe for all skin types because it doesn’t harm the top layer of the skin. It targets lower levels where it heats and coagulates the tissue. The micro-channels created by microneedles stimulate the skin’s healing processes and contribute to faster skin cell turnover with new collagen production.
The treatment is precisely controlled. It is quite comfortable and doesn’t require a long downtime. During the treatment, only a mild prickling sensation accompanied by warmth is felt. After the treatment, a cold compress can be applied to ease the discomfort.
The side effects are minimal and they include redness and swelling for the first couple of days. The downtime lasts for up to 5 days when the patient can resume normal daily activities.
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ALMA HYBRID OSCAR TREATMENT
Alma Hybrid OScar is an advanced treatment for acne scar removal. It is a unique treatment that combines three powerful energies. It drastically reduces the recovery period and provides brilliant results. Each treatment can be fully customized – the skin therapist can fully control the power of ablative CO2 laser and non-ablative 1570nm laser. These two energies work perfectly together and make this treatment one of the best fractional laser treatments.
1570nm laser creates a thermal effect and triggers the healing of the dermis layer, while it doesn’t harm the top layer of the skin. This significantly reduces downtime.
CO2 laser combines the ablative, thermal and coagulative effects which enable highly precise fractional laser treatment.
Hybrid OScar treatment effectively treats acne scars – the laser goes deep into the dermis layer of the skin but with fully controlled parameters such as depth, density and coagulation. The treatment is finished with IMPACTTM which fuses the skin with essential nutrients and improves the results even more. These important skin products are delivered through the micro-channels that are created by CO2 laser.
The patient can achieve dramatic improvement in acne scar removal in just 5 sessions. Once the results are achieved they are permanent.
The treatment is quite comfortable because the patient’s skin is numbed with a topical anesthetic. The patient may only feel some heat.
After the treatment, there are some minor side effects like dryness, redness and peeling. The skin therapist can adjust the laser to suit the patient’s comfort level which greatly reduces downtime.
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iPIXEL LASER SCAR TREATMENT
iPixel Laser eliminates acne scars effectively, safely and with long-lasting results. It stimulates the body’s own healing processes and healthy tissue growth. This treatment is unique because it uses a combination of ablative and non-ablative lasers. This makes it greatly comfortable for the patients.
During the treatment, the laser beam is split into multiple pixel beams that create 7×7 patterns. These patterns effectively treat acne scars because the laser energy is powerful and penetrates deeply into the skin. The laser creates pixels or tiny heat zones. But the healthy surrounding skin is left unharmed. These healthy skin cells trigger the healing of the wounds and the new skin cells’ growth.
Since the laser affects only the part or fraction of the damaged skin it is only slightly uncomfortable. Therefore this treatment is very effective in treating acne scars.
It is usually recommended to have 3 to 5 sessions 4 weeks spaced apart. However, it all depends on the severity of acne scars.
There are only minor side effects after the treatment because the treatment is very precise. There may appear swelling and redness in a couple of days. Also, there may happen minor itching, dryness and stinging. After a few days, the patient’s skin starts to peel off and in two weeks the skin is fully healed.
The results of the treatment include significantly reduced acne scars and improved quality of the skin. As the new collagen builds up the results continue to improve.
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RF PIXEL TREATMENT
RF Pixel treatment is an advanced procedure that improves both the top layer and deeper layers of the skin. It effectively reduces acne scars by stimulating the body’s healing processes. It is safe for all skin types and requires short downtime.
The major point of RF Pixel treatment is MICROPLASMA which is based on UniPolar RF energy. Microplasma is created by particles of air between the skin and RF energy. The applicator tip ablates only the area where the acne scar is and leaves the healthy surrounding tissue unharmed. The ablated part of skin tissue is in the form of micro-wounds which are then healed by the healthy tissue. This greatly speeds up the results of the treatment and reduced necessary downtime. The results include smooth skin without acne scars.
It is usually recommended to have 3 to 4 sessions for the optimal results but this greatly depends on the severity of acne scars.
The treatment side effects are redness and tightness of the skin, sunburn sensation and swelling. After a few days, the treated area of the skin peels off and reveals a healthy and clear skin.
The downtime usually lasts for 5-7 days. After that most patients can resume their everyday activities.
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SECRET RF MICRONEEDLING
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SECRET ERBIUM TREATMENT
Secret Erbium non-ablative laser is one of the most advanced acne scar removal treatments. It stimulates collagen production which significantly reduced acne scars. It doesn’t require a long downtime and it is safe for all skin types.
During the treatment, the laser penetrates deep into the lower skin layers. The laser light coagulates the skin tissue and remodels the skin. It doesn’t damage the surface of the skin – it is very gentle and doesn’t cause significant side effects. It is effective because it can cover large areas but it doesn’t vaporize skin cells.
The treatment is even more effective in acne scar removal when combined with RF micro-needling. The laser triggers collagen remodeling and heals the skin from the inside out. Micro-needling addresses the surface of the skin with deep heating, protein denaturation and coagulation. It can improve even deep acne scars.
The treatment is comfortable because the patient’s skin is first numbed with a topical anesthetic. The skin therapist sets the proper parameters for acne scar removal. This is very beneficial because each treatment can be fully customized.
After the treatment, there are some minor side effects like swelling, dryness or redness. These sensitivities all stop after 48 hours post-procedure.
The number of treatment sessions depends on the severity of the patient’s acne scars. It is usually recommended to have between 4 to 6 sessions to achieve significant results. The results build over time because this treatment is gentle and non-ablative.
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CLEAR + BRILLIANT TREATMENT
This fractional laser treatment effectively reduces acne scars. It triggers the production of collagen and elastin and eliminates dead skin cells. The treatment creates numerous treatment zones that are microscopic in size and don’t harm the surface layer of the skin. The permeability of topical products is greatly improved.
The laser beams of light penetrate the skin and exfoliate the skin cells. After that, the healthy skin is revealed. One of the biggest advantages of this treatment is that it is suitable for darker skin tones because the water absorbs the laser light in the skin and not the pigment. The new collagen production is triggered by the heat of the laser light. Once the collagen is built up the visibility of acne scars is reduced.
Clear + Brilliant is non-invasive and causes tingling and burning sensation. The side effects are minimal. They include redness and swelling that stops after a couple of days. So the downtime is really short.
Once the scaling and rough skin texture pass, the fresh, clear and bright skin is revealed. This usually happens after a week.
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THE DERMAPEN™ MICRO-NEEDLING TREATMENT
The Dermapen micro-needling treatment effectively removes acne scars with the use of micro-needles that penetrate the skin and cause multiple punctures per second. The needles are placed in a sterile, disposable cartridge. The top layer of the skin is unharmed but the micro-channels created by needles stimulate the skin’s ability to heal. These micro-wounds also stimulate the production of healthy collagen.
Once the new collagen starts to build up, acne scars get visibly reduced. The damaged skin cells are repaired and re-grown.
The Dermapen treatment applicator is precise and fully controlled by the skin therapist. The treatment stimulates 3 phases of collagen induction therapy:
- The body stimulates its growth factors, powerful fibroblast and new epidermal growth
- The next phase is the production of I, III and IV type of collagen
- The last phase includes the remodeling of the tissue
Final outcomes of this effective treatment include the growth of healthy skin cells that replace the damaged ones. That way the acne scars get significantly reduced.
There is no heat, thermal energy or harsh chemicals in the procedure. The patient’s skin relatively quickly heals and the downtime is significantly shorter.
One more benefit of this treatment is delivering essential products to the skin that contribute to great results. These products are easily absorbed and additionally help with skin healing.
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BENEFITS OF ACNE SCAR REMOVAL TREATMENTS
Once the patients clear their skin from acne scars, they feel more confident. They feel more beautiful and radiant.
With innovative technology and effective treatments, most patients can resolve their issues with acne scarring.
Fractional laser treatments effectively eliminate deep acne scars and pitting in the skin. They can eliminate ice pick or boxcar acne scars and smooth the skin. They are also less harsh and cause fewer side effects. Therefore the downtime is much shorter. Scar removal treatments target only the damaged skin tissue and leave the healthy tissue unharmed.
Mentioned treatments can be used on all skin types, from lighter to darker tones.
All treatments trigger the production of new and healthy collagen which gradually builds up and makes the surface of the skin more even and smoother.