Acne Scar Removal in the 21st Century – Going Beyond Herbal Treatments

Acne scar removal in the older days can be as simple as applying salves made from plant juices on affected areas. Come to think of it, a lot of people in the early era are probably not as worried about scars as we are now. The good thing about living in the 21st century is that almost every kind of skin problem has a solution. Thanks in no small part to technology.

Modern acne scar removal techniques are now available to eradicate the marks left by severe zits with just but a few sessions. Arguably, the most popular method of removing scars nowadays is with the use of laser. Laser therapy is not only for scar eradication but is now also being employed to cure acne before it can cause scarring.

One of the procedures of scar removal using laser is the localized type. This involves a hand-piece laser which looks like a pen. The doctor uses this device to burn away the damaged part of the skin to give it a chance to regenerate and replace the burned part with a fresh, smoother surface. The advantage of this procedure is that it has a higher level of precision. The handheld device can zero-in on affected areas without much risk of damaging the surrounding skin.

Another way of using laser to remove scars is through nonablative method. In contrast to the handheld technique, this method works underneath the scar with the aim of stimulating skin tissues to produce collagen to replace the scarred or damaged part. This procedure, though, is more sensitive than the handheld laser and must not be done unless the doctor is absolutely sure that this is the treatment that a particular condition requires.

In some cases, more than one procedure is required to eliminate the scars. One commonly used combination is excision/grafting. The first step is removing the subcutaneous fat layer of the scarred area surgically. This is called punch excision. This method can leave a hole on the skin where the scarred part has been removed. The hole is then filled up or repaired by skin grafting; a method that uses fresh, healthy skin to close the hole caused by the excision.

There are types of scars, keloids in particular, that do not respond well to surgical procedures. Surgery is not highly recommended to keloidal people since any type of surgery will likely create another mark on the skin and leave a different form of scar. For keloids, one option that is often considered by skin specialists is steroids. Steroidal drugs are injected directly to the scar to lessen its appearance. However, most doctors are worried about the effects of procedures on keloidal scars and often suggest that the patient just leave it alone.

Acne scar removal is far easier now than it was, say, 20 or 50 years ago. However, we really should not let the condition reaches this stage. Early pimple prevention is still needed so that we don’t need to go through these expensive, worrying procedures.