Bloom Skin Clinic
Scars & Stretchmarks
Scars & Stretchmarks
If you've had severe acne, you probably have the scars to prove it.... or at least pigmentation. There are many types of acne scars. There are a variety of treatment options depending on the type of acne scars you have.
Acne scars result after skin follicles become blocked by excessive oils and the physiology of keratin and old skin cells trigger an inflammatory response reaction.
When the pimple finally resolves, there is a atrophic scar or crater like cavity, these depressions are labeled as:
An atrophic scar takes the form of a sunken recess in the skin, which has a pitted appearance. These are caused when underlying structures supporting the skin are lost. This type of scarring is often associated with acne, chickenpox, other diseases (MRSA) infection, surgery, or accidents
These are raised, red scars that occur when the body overproduces collagen, which causes the scar to be raised above the surrounding skin.
that are the result of an overly aggressive healing process. They extend beyond the original injury. They are common on the shoulders and decolletage. Smaller keloids can be treated. Keloid scars are most common among people with dark skin.
If your skin has been burned, you may have a contracture scar. These scars tighten skin, which can impair your ability to move. Contracture scars may also go deeper, affecting muscles and nerves.
Stretch marks are also a form of scarring that take place in the dermis (the elastic layer of the skin that shapes the tissue). These are caused when the skin is stretched rapidly, continually or stretched beyond its limits, the tissue is damaged and stretch marks form.This scar type is sunken, because the collagen bundles do not overextend the tissue.
Micro-needling Scar Re-modelling Treatment
Currently there are ablative and non-ablative treatments offered which can damage the epidermis and evaporate the skin leading to thinner epidermis problems. The micro-needling keeps the epidermal integrity fully intact while treating the area which speeds healing time and causes less pain.
Micro-needling can provide fabulous improvement of the appearances of scars and stretch marks. The micro needles of the micro-needling cause new collagen and elastin to be generated, as well as new capillary growth which can improve blood supply to the area. This helps create healthier existing skin as well as providing a healthy foundation for the new skin.
The physical nature of “micro-needling” breaks up this fibrous and uneven scar tissue and stimulates the growth of new tissue.
Although the skin can never be completely returned to its original smoothness, micro-needling can greatly reduce most of the textural issues.
Scar remodeling is gradual, and can take up to 6 months for maximal affect. While each patient is different and conditions will vary, the typical treatment regimen will consist of a series of 5-6 needling procedures with micro-needling.
See Micro-needling page for more information
and before & after photos