Acne scars might be more frustrating and damaging to your self-esteem than acne itself. Scarring is difficult to cover, even with make-up and other cosmetics, and it remains evident even after the acne outbreak has faded.
So, what causes pimples to leave scars? Acne is caused by a sebum-clogged follicle infected with bacteria.
What stays after pimples or acne have recovered is an acne scar. When an acne breakout occurs, the skin is damaged by enlarged or inflamed pores, which can lead to hyperpigmentation, red spots, deep pits, and even rough spots on the face.
Though the existence of these face scars varies, they are commonly referred to as acne scars.
Scars that are “depressed” or resemble a hole/shallow pit in your skin are typically created by the body failing to produce sufficient collagen during the recovery period following a breakout.
Other forms of acne scars that are elevated above the skin’s surface are created by excessive collagen being generated throughout the healing process, resulting in a pink or reddish bump.
Types of Acne Scars
- Ice Pick Scars
These facial scars are deep and thin, extending into the dermis. The skin will look pierced by a sharp tool, such as an ice pick, with this form of acne scar. Because they form a thin, deep, and tiny hole in the skin, a few of these scars might seem like huge, open pores.
- Boxcar Scars
These scars look like skin depressions that are round or oval in shape and have steep vertical sides. This face scar is larger than an ice pick scar. A boxcar scar could look like pitted and uneven skin.
- Rolling Scars
This sort of acne scar appears like a wave rolling over the skin. The skin looks pitted and uneven, although it varies from boxcar scars in that it is not as strongly defined.
- Scars That Are Keloid Or Hypertrophic
Scars that are firm and rise beyond the skin’s surface are called keloids or hypertrophic scars. These scars are most commonly seen on the torso, particularly on men, but they can occur elsewhere on the body. These scars are commonly caused by trauma or a severe wound.
A keloid scar, on the other hand, is an elevated scar that is more severe. Keloids vary from hypertrophic scars in that they develop bigger than the initial incision.
Hyperpigmentation Caused by Inflammation
While this is not a real acne scar, in essence, darkening on the skin can occur after a pimple heals. This is fairly frequent in acne sufferers. This hyperpigmentation appears as a flat patch that might be pink, red, brown, purple, or even black, depending on your skin type.
Facial redness can occur during or after an acne flare-up, especially in those with pale skin.
Face Scar Treatments
With the newest advancement in skin regeneration, you can remove facial scars and blemishes and even remove ten years off your face in just 10 minutes! A highly advanced (DOT) or Dermal Optical Thermolysis Scanner using Infinite Delivery Options is a feature of the SmartXide CO2 face scar laser technology, a minimally-ablative carbon dioxide-based laser. Its enhanced collagen formation and natural tightening give it a significant edge over chemical peels and other laser procedures (like a fractional laser).
The procedure has both progressive and immediate results. Your facial scars will lessen, your skin will appear brighter, feel softer, and you’ll get a more even complexion in two weeks. New collagen will be generated in the following three to six months after the treatment, which can help renew your skin and tighten fine lines and wrinkles. Your skin care goals and issues, like face scars, will determine how many procedures you’ll need. For total face rejuvenation, we often advise beginning with one treatment. However, it could be advised to have several sessions, usually 1-3 months apart.
What is SmartXide?
Dermal optical thermolysis, also known as DOT treatment, is used in the laser procedure SmartXide to address skin issues such as acne scars, fine lines, wrinkles, enlarged pores, hyperpigmentation, and loss of elasticity. Ablative means that conventional CO2 lasers get rid of the surface layer of the skin. The SmartXide laser is “micro-ablative,” as it produces thousands of tiny holes in the form of dots. The region heals more quickly since the surrounding skin is undamaged. Additionally, it speeds up the production of collagen.
Though you may experience slight discomfort, which is sometimes reported as a stinging feeling, the SmartXide face scar laser treatment is not regarded as painful because it simply needs a topical anesthetic, unlike conventional CO2 lasers.
When you consult your cosmetic doctor, be specific regarding your skin goals. The amount of energy given, the duration of the beam of laser, and the spacing between the dots all affect the results of SmartXide. The laser could offer a superficial, lunchtime-style treatment or a one-and-done sort of treatment, based on the settings and the number of passes the cosmetic doctor makes with it.
How Does Smartxide Dot Laser Work?
The most potent product available on the market, CO2 lasers, can produce astonishingly amazing results. Because of SmartXide’s DOT technology, the light included in CO2 lasers can promote skin renewal while only deeply impacting small portions of your skin. That’s because the micro beams only target a fraction of the skin’s surface at one time, enabling quicker healing, leading to skin smoothening, tightening, and stimulating collagen production, hence, providing a smoother, softer, scar-free, and younger-looking skin.
What Happens During The Procedure?
DOT Treatment is establishing a new level in the industry of laser skin resurfacing. During the treatment, a series of tiny, scanned laser energy pulses would be applied to the skin using a controlled laser handpiece. Your cosmetic doctor can customize the DOT treatment to your skin. They could regulate the setting of the laser to custom treatment and give you the best outcomes. Adjustments could be made throughout the treatment to treat certain regions around the mouth or the cheeks accurately.
The DOT Treatment laser produces numerous microscopic holes in the skin. Compared to other laser resurfacing treatments, DOT leaves the skin tissues enveloping the microscopic DOTs untouched and unharmed. That lets the skin heal more quickly and reduces overall discomfort throughout the procedure. The SmartXide Laser technology provides the best skin resurfacing treatment that is minimally ablative.
How Much Healing Time Do You Need After A Smartxide Treatment?
Although it isn’t aggressive like a regular ablative CO2 laser, still, you should schedule a downtime of a few days post-treatment. After your treatment, the skin would have slight sunburn-like redness. The redness will stay for a few days, and by the 3rd or 4th day, you’ll get some peeling as your youthful-looking and smoother skin comes out.
During your recovery, you should put on a hydrating lotion to promote healing and keep the skin nourished and moisturized. You should religiously apply moisturizers for up to three days, and the skin would return to its normal look in 7 to 10 days.
What Can I Expect From My Treatment?
The skin may feel hot and tight just after the procedure, just like it has been sunburned. After the treatment, up to the next day, you can feel a slight stinging on the treatment area. There will be minimal swelling, but it should go away in 3 to 5 days. If necessary, ibuprofen or Tylenol can be used to treat discomfort. For the first week, laser grid markings will be visible. For the first four weeks, be very careful to avoid the sun, and always use a zinc-based sunscreen to protect your skin.
Price for Face Scar Laser
Face scar lift cost between RM500 to RM1,000 based on the severity of the scar.
- What Is The Smartxide Dot Laser?
The SmartXide face scar laser can significantly restore the skin’s youthful appearance without the discomfort and downtime associated with conventional resurfacing. Only a small portion of your skin is affected by DOT Therapy (Dermal Optical Thermolysis), which works by creating thousands of tiny laser spots called “DOTs” that immediately tighten your skin and encourage the production of new collagen.
- How Does It Work?
The skin is exposed to a pattern of small laser energy dots. Without disrupting the surrounding tissue, it produces a thermal and minimally ablative action at the target location. Your skin heals more quickly because the skin around it is healthy.
As collagen remodels, your skin tightens, and the texture and tone of your skin improve, the targeted regions begin the healing process.
- What Does It Treat?
Treatment for face scars as well as acne scars, and other scars on the face, neck, chest, or hands can be accomplished safely and effectively with the DOT procedure.
How Many Treatments Will It Take To See The Best Results?
Most patients can anticipate excellent results with just one session, depending on the extent of skin damage and the desired result. However, patients could need several treatments if they have deep scars or significant wrinkles.
What Can I Expect After The Treatment?
For five to seven days following treatment, many patients experience slight redness and peeling. Your recovery time may vary based on how many passes are made.
Does The Smartxide Treatment Hurt?
The only feeling you should anticipate is a brief “stinging” that doesn’t last more than a second. The procedure is safe and efficient, allowing it to be applied to every area of your body, including your neck, hands, and most sensitive skin types.
Who Is This Treatment Suitable For?
Everyone and all types of skin can benefit from the SmartXide Dot Treatment. Suitable for improving the tightness and texture of the skin on the face, neck, arms, chest, and hands, as well as treating fine lines, enlarged pores, wrinkles, sun damage, acne scars, pigmentation, and scars on the face and body.