What is best for one person, might not be suitable or effective to another. The effectiveness of the acne scar treatment depends highly on their depth and type.
- Scars of hypertrophic nature, like colloids can be properly treated by injections of cortisone.
- Scars of superficial nature, that are not that deep can be managed by scar treatment gels and lotions and other medications available on the counter.
- Atrophic scars are the ones that are depressed below the level of the skin surface and this kind of scars give a long list of options for employment.
- For acne scars that are big and isolated, dermal fillers are considered the best option, along with spot fractional resurfacing.
- Multiple scars can be reduced by fractional resurfacing which is done with an erbium laser. This is considered the best of all procedures as this works efficiently in all skin types and skin colors.
For patients that are prone to developing inflammation in the skin and pigmentation after the procedure, pre-treating the skin with a bleaching agent few weeks before is helpful. Then when the skin heals from the procedure, it is bleached again for long lasting effects.
Which acne scare treatments will work best for the patients would depend on many factors: the frequency and types of scars, their location on the face, discoloration or pigmentation of the skin, texture of the scar, etc. Often, people are diagnosed with several different types of scars, in which case only one course of treatment may not be effective and may require a combination of procedures for best results.
The effectiveness of all acne scar treatments also varies tremendously depending on the type of scars and their severity. Their visibility can be reduced from 10% to 99% either by using one or a combination of treatments. What really should be considered important is the acne scars that are the most prominent and they should be addressed first.
Many patients who have acne scars may go for laser therapy or microdermabrasion to get lifelong results but it may not be required for everyone to go through the same procedures. Some scars can be removed or reduced by just a few sessions of chemical peels, injecting hyaluronic acid and the like to get the desired results.
It can also be inferred that these treatments might not be effective in case the scars are deep seated and require intense and prolonged treatment.
One may also find CO2 laser facials effective enough to rid their skin of scarring. It again depends on how deep the surgeon goes with the laser to attain the most substantial results. But the deeper the laser goes, the longer time will it take for the face to recover.
Thus it is not recommend for people with sensitive skin.