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Acne Scars: Treatment, Procedure, Cost and Side Effects

What is Acne Scars? How is the treatment done? Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?) Who is not eligible for the treatment? Are there any side effects? What are the post-treatment guidelines? How long does it take to recover? What is the price of the treatment in India? Are the results of the treatment permanent? What are the alternatives to the treatment?

What is Acne Scars?

Acne occurs when your hair follicles get clogged by dead skin cells and excess oil from the skin. It may result in blackheads, whiteheads, oily skin, pimples or scars. Acne may often break out on the face, upper part of chest or back at the onset of puberty and continue for the period of adolescence. Your genes are responsible for the severity of your acne condition in most cases. Acne scars should not be neglected. You should start finding solution to your troubles through home remedies as soon as acne breaks out. However, there are ways by which you can get your acne treated if the situation gets out of hand. Your skin can be injected with soft tissue fillers to make the scars less noticeable. Laser resurfacing may improve the appearance of your skin. Dermabrasion is a process used to treat severe conditions. You can minimise deeper scars by chemical peeling. You can also get surgery or Botox injections to get rid of your acne scars.

How is the treatment done?

Your scars can be made less noticeable by injecting collagen or fat under the skin and into indented scars. These soft tissue fillers stretch out the skin and improve your condition. Pulsed light resources and radiofrequency devices can also be used to make your scars less noticeable. This laser treatment is temporary and may have to be repeated frequently. In the process of dermabrasion, the top layer of your skin is removed with a rapidly rotating wire brush. This process, used for severe scarring conditions, removes the surface scars completely and makes the deeper acne scars look less noticeable. Chemical peeling involves applying high potency acids on skin in order to remove the top layer and lessen the deeper scars. Punch excision is a minor surgery wherein the individual scars are cut out. The wounds are repaired with stitches or skin graft. Subcision is another surgery in which needles are inserted under the skin in order to loosen the fibres below the scars. It improves the appearance of skin. Botulinum toxin (Botox) injections help in minimizing acne scars but you will need to repeat the injections periodically without fail.

Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?)

If you have had acne condition like blackheads, whiteheads, pimples, scars or painful pus filled lumps for a long time, you should consult a doctor and get yourself treated.

Who is not eligible for the treatment?

If your acne condition has just started, you may not need to get medical help. It can be solved by some home remedies.

Are there any side effects?

Acne scars treatments are not known to have many side effects.

What are the post-treatment guidelines?

You must ensure that your skin is clean all the time. Wash your face with a mild cleanser or face wash at least twice a day. Protect your skin from the ultra violet rays of the sun. Remember to use a good amount of sunscreen lotion before stepping out in the sun. Avoid constantly touching your problem areas. Do not let your skin remain sweaty for a long time. Have a bath after any strenuous physical activity.

How long does it take to recover?

Acne scars can reduce within 2-3 months if proper attention and care is given.

What is the price of the treatment in India?

Cost of one session of dermabrasion may be ₹1000 - ₹2500 depending on the area of skin covered. Punch excision and subsicion may cost between ₹15000 - ₹25000.

Are the results of the treatment permanent?

The results of the treatment are permanent but you might have to keep going for multiple sessions of the treatment you chose and take care of your skin throughout your life to retain the results.

What are the alternatives to the treatment?

Homemade face packs, regular washing of skin and consuming a healthy diet while staying away from alcohol and tobacco may help in reducing your scars. Acne scars can be a result of anxiety or depression. You can work on getting over these emotions by meditating in the peace of your home.

Key Highlights

Safety: Very High

Effectiveness: High

Timeliness: Low

Relative Risk: Very Low

Side Effects: Very Low

Time For Recovery: Very Low

Price Range: Rs 1,000 - Rs 25,000

Popular Questions & Answers

I have pimple marks whenever I have period pimple appears but marks are left .my skin is also uneven due to sun tan and I wanted to know whether retinol cream will help me to remove scar and it is good for anti aging skin care my age is 26.

MBBS, Residency in Dermatology
Dermatologist, Gurgaon
Plz don't try to prick or disturb acne healing process. Retinol cream is gud and works well for acne skin and pigmented acne marks. But not the pitted scars. But use it in night only and in day time regular use of sunscreen is mandatory.

I have pigmentation on my face and a scar on my cheeks ,i thought it was a black head and I pressed it with blackhead extractor. But apparently now it's red .will the redness subside? Also I used raw aloe to calm down a pimple on my cheek ,but now my cheek got two more skin coloured pimples ,will they heal?

MD - Ayurveda
Ayurvedic Doctor, Ahmedabad
Hi Lybrate user pimple is because of so many reasons among them ushoid identify it and according to that should start treatment. In your age probably hormonal changes is the main reason for acne. Do not touch your acne otherwise more chances of ac...

I have pimples on my face which are filled with white substance they leave scar behind them ,no matter I burst them or not .they always leave scar these are all on my face I have taken some medicine also like isotretinoin for 1 month but no gain what should I do?

Diploma in DPD, Fellowship in Aesthetic Medicine
Dermatologist, Ghaziabad
lybrate-user it may take some time to medication to respond if cause are chronic. Kindly show your case to nearest dermatologist. Meanwhile use facewash exflow s 2 times a day.

Sir, i'm 17 old male .l have scars and pimple on my face. I used scared silicone gel and dermadew for two weeks and I found nothing. So I stopped using it. Now should it continue this again or not.

MBBS,, DNB (Dermatology)
Dermatologist, Mumbai
Firstly start with treating pimples, once they dry up treat the scars. Use clindamycin in morn and benzoyl peroxide 2.5%at night, only on concerned areas. For active acne. Dermadew can continue.

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