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Acne Scarring

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Acne

Scarring

Acne is an extremely common skin condition which affects many people which can be embarrassing and traumatic when active and even afterwards when the condition has been treated but has left visible acne scars. Acne scarring can range from very minimal to quite severe. Severe Acne scarring can require treatment due to the severe self esteem impacts seen with facial scarring. Find out about the most commonly used, effective treatments to reduce the appearance of acne scarring.

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PRP (platelet rich plasma)

Platelet Rich Plasma injections use a process to convert a portion of your own blood to create a gel-like substance rich in growth factors that can be derma-stamped into areas of the face which are affected by scarring. Licensed practitioners which are qualified in phlebotomy safely draw blood from you for processing into the injecting product. The blood is centrifuged to fractionate the blood and isolate the Platelet-rich Fibrin Matrix (PRFM) within your blood sample. This process removes the cellular components of your blood and leaves on the PFRM present in the sample. PRFM contains many growth factors which promote wound healing and regeneration of cells in the area it is injected to improve the appearance of these areas.

The process takes 30 minutes to an hour to complete and patients usually only experience minor bruising or swelling which settles quickly after the treatment. As a result of the delay which is seen with collagen synthesis, the effects are seen over the course of a few weeks and a course can take multiple treatments to achieve your cosmetic goals.

1064nm Laser Treatment

Laser treatment of scars is possible with the use of a cosmetic laser system such as Laser Genesis. For the treatment of scarring such as that caused by severe acne, light with a wavelength of 1064nm is used in pulses over the targeted area. The light pulses penetrate to the lower layers of the skin and influence the cells the dermis. When exposed to this light, blood vessels in the papillary dermis are closed off reducing redness and visibility of scars while additionally the cells in this layer increase their production of collagen over the following weeks which breaks down scar tissues. The procedure is quick and painless as temperature monitoring ensures that the skin underneath the laser does not get too hot and the patient can notify the operator if they experience any discomfort.

After the treatment there can be some noted redness which abates quickly with no other lasting side effects resulting in no downtime for the patient making this an attractive treatment for busy individuals.Due to the delayed nature of collagen production in the skin, results can be noted to appear after 2-3 weeks post treatment and most patients undergo a course of 3-6 treatments with 3-4 weeks between each treatment.

We recommend a visit to the clinic and consultation to determine the best course of action to treat acne scarring. We have seen great results from these two treatments so why not come in and find out more?

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