I've got scars due to pimples but not too much. I want permanent solution to get rid of the scars. Is chemical peel a permanent solution? If not, what are treatments are available without any side effects?
Chemical Peel for Acne Scars
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Chemical peels and ematrix for acne scars
Chemical peels are good treatments for acne scarring. Peels such as salicylic acid and TCA can help clear existing acne and lighten any hyperpigmentation due to scarring. Side effects are minimal and temporary. Things that people normally experience after a peel are redness, tightness, and sloughing of the skin. Peeling of the skin usually lasts for 2-5 days, depending on the person and the depth of the peel.
Additionally, treating your skin with a pre- and post-peel home care regimen will enhance your results from the peel. Multiple peels may be needed and not all peels are suitable for all skin types. It is best to be evaluated by your skincare professional to better assess your needs and goals.
Chemical peels and laser resurfacing don't make scars disappear
Prevention of facial scaring is the major reason we are so aggressive in recommending control of acne on the face. Once the scaring has occurred there is no way to remove the scar tissue or the damage done to the skin by the scarring. Chemical peel and laser resurfacing is often touted as a way of treating these scars. Like any good lie it is based on a bit of truth. As we age, the elasticity of the skin decrease. Skin sags and the skin tends to hand on scar tissue created by the old acne scars. A laser resufacing or chemical peel tightens the face and helps to reduce the appearance of the scars but this is absolutely no the same thing as getting rid of the scars.
In some cases such as ice pick scars, direct excision or stimulating secondary healing with the use of 95% trichloroacetic acid (so-called TCA cross method) can be help full. However, none of these techniques actually get rid of scaring, they simply mask its appearance.
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One can surely use chemical peels
in 2015. One can surely use chemical peels, but for many the more superficial peels are not always the
best here; board-certified dermatologists or plastic surgeons usually recommend that medium depth
peels are used here. These need to be done by very skilled providers and sometimes, several peels are
needed to give the optimum results.
In addition, there are a variety of lasers and energy based fractional treatments that can be used here.
The non-ablative fractional lasers will help here, and will require a series of treatments, with minimal
downtime to give some very nice results. Four to six treatments over 4-6 months is usually required and
many of the scars will improve. The ablative fractional lasers work faster, but have more downtime.
Sometimes more than one treatment is needed with your kind of scarring. There are many kinds of
ablative fractional lasers – we use mainly the Lumenis UltraPulse or AcuPulse, the Ellman Cortex, and the
Syneron Core. We also have the sublative RF fractional devices, the Syneron eMatrix and the Venus Viva
that has shown great results in treating acne scars. We did a lot of the FDA work with the eMatrix and use
it regularly in our clinic. The new Venus Viva is showing similar results. And now there are RF
microneedling devices, such as the EndyMed Intensif, and this also works well with acne scars.
In addition, we recently have seen the approval of the first long-term filler for acne scars – this is
called BellaFill. You need to see which procedure is best for you.
Peels for acne scars
Chemical peel for acne scars
... always find a treatment for your type of acne scars.
The solution lies in the type of scars you have as well as the skin type..... if you have rolling and atrophic scars, a peel may not be in your best interest, CO2 fractional lasers, combined with Juvederm or dermal fillers maybe better.
Hope this helps
Dr Davin S Lim
Laser and cosmetic Dermatologist
Fixing Acne Scars
Sandstone’s Fractional CO2 laser is considered the gold standard for reducing the appearance of scar tissue. Fractionation of the CO2 laser allows us to target deeper portions of the dermis, while protecting small bridges of unaffected tissue that are left intact. These islands make the healing process much faster, the procedure safer, and you back to work with rejuvenated skin quickly. Each pulse vaporizes a column of tissue that heats collagen deeply. This heat stimulates collagen growth, replacing worn older scar tissue..
Fraxel For Acne Scars
Chemical Peel is Good for Acne Scars
There are various types of peels that can help with acne scarring. TCA peel will treat acne, hyperpigmentation , fine lines and wrinkles, while leaving skin hydrated. Salicylic acid will exfoliate, smooth skin surface texture, clear blocked pores and reduce the incidence of breakouts. You can try microdermabrasion together with a chemical peel. It will slough away the top layers of the skin which will minimize the pores and reduce small scale scarring. At the same time it will help with the skin cells turnover, control oil and soften lines. People with more "ice pick" scars may need additional treatments to include CO2 resurfacing and/or surgical excision.
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