Laser Acne Scar Removal Toronto
Acne scars are much more common than most people believe - laser acne scar removal is one of the most commonly performed procedures at Q Esthetics Laser Clinic. If acne lesions are not treated promptly and properly, they can leave acne scarring on your complexion even if you don't squeeze or pick them.
Causes of Acne Scar:
The development of bacteria in acne usually triggers our natural defence mechanism - antibodies in the white blood cells will enter the clogged follicles and eliminate the bacteria. However, in the process of killing off the acne bacteria, the antibodies may also cause inflammation and destruction of the surrounding dermis. When the supporting dermis is damaged, a visible depression appears. This is how most acne scars develop. Individuals with a scarring history or with weakened immune systems tend to get more pronounced acne scars.
Types of Acne Scar:
- Macular acne scar - flat scar, with increased or decreased pigmentation.
- Boxcar acne scar - round or oval shaped when seen from above, with sharp vertical edges on cross section, appear similar to post chicken pox scars.
- Rolling acne scar - appear like undulations on the skin, caused by tethering of skin to the underlying tissues.
- Deep pit acne scar- sharp and deeply indented, caused by the loss of subcutaneous tissue volume.
- Ice-pick acne scar - small holes in the skin, appear like the indentation left by an ice-pick.
- Hypertrophic acne scar - raised and pigmented.
- Keloid acne scar - raised, thick, red or purple coloured, may enlarge over time.
Acne Scar Removal Treatment
If acne scarring appears, the treatment chosen to remove them will largely depend on the type of scarring you have and your skin type. In some cases, a combination of different techniques may achieve best results of scar revision.
At Q Esthetics Laser Clinic, we use microdermabrasion, chemical peels and light therapy to treat mild or shallow acne scarring such as macular acne scar and shallow boxcar acne scar. In each case, we ensure that any active acne is under control during or prior to treatment, since the impact on the skin caused by acne may last for a long time.
The traditional way of treating severe and deep acne scarring involves dermabrasion or surgical excision, during which the top layers of the affected skin are sanded off. They require the use of anaesthesia and need a lengthy recovery period. In the mid 90’s, CO2 laser resurfacing became the most common method to treat deep scarring. However, CO2 laser resurfacing still requires prolonged recovery time and often causes new scarring, or the loss of pigmentation.
Fortunately, a revolutionary advance in aesthetics technology has brought us a far less invasive solution to deep acne scarring. Fractional non-ablative laser resurfacing can now improve deep acne scars dramatically, without the risks and side effects related to surgical procedures and ablative lasers. In certain types of acne scars, a clinical improvement of 75% has been reported using this method.
At Q Esthetics laser clinic, we use the fractional laser handpiece Lux1540 of the Gold Standard Palomar Starlux 500, in conjunction with other techniques to safely and effectively treat a wide variety of scars. The laser energy is fractionated - the fractional microbeams pass through the affected skin without injuring it, while stimulating the creation of new collagen. After a series of treatments scheduled 4-6 weeks apart, the appearance of existing acne scars gradually improve or disappear.
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Here at Q Esthetics Laser Clinic we work with thousands of acne scar patients each year, so we understand how you feel about unsightly acne scar. Our experienced medical staff will carefully assess your scar condition to ensure the right option is carried out for your specific needs. Call one of our three convenient clinics today and book your complimentary consultation to find out how we can assist you.
Our three acne clinics are located inside MCI The Doctor's Office™, the largest group of medical centres in Canada, providing acne and acne scar treatments for men and women in Toronto, North York, Mississauga, Scarborough, Thornhill, Vaughan, Etobicoke, Brampton, Richmond Hill, Markham, Woodbridge, Newmarket and other surrounding areas of the GTA.