Get to know the acne scar classification and what is the best acne scar treatment for each type of acne scar such as e-Matrix fractional sublative rejuvenation, fine scan, fractional laser and Fraxel
Acne is a common skin condition developing mostly in their teens and twenties. While many people recover from acne without any permanent effects, some people are left with disfiguring acne scars. Some medications can improve mild scarring, however most types of acne scars have been successfully treated with a combination treatment.
Classification of acne scar and treatment
Ice Pick Scars
Appearance: Ice pick scars are deep, very narrow scars that extend into the lower part of skin. The skin looks as if it has been pierced by an ice pick or sharp instrument. Ice pick scars seem to make a small, deep "hole" in the skin. Some may look like a large, open pore. Ice pick scars develop after an infection from a cyst or other deep inflamed blemish works its way to the surface. Skin tissue is destroyed, leaving a long column-like scar. This is one of the most difficult forms of acne scar to any treatment.
Topical trichloroacetic acid and fractional radiofrequency (e-Matrix) as well as punch excision have been reported to provide improvement.
Appearance: Boxcar scars are round or oval depressions with steep vertical sides, wider than ice picks. When an inflammatory breakout destroys collagen, tissue is lost. The skin over this area is left without support, and a depressed area is created. Boxcar scars may be superficial to severe, depending on the amount of tissue lost. Common treatments: Acne scar treatments for boxcar scars include punch excisional surgery, dermal fillers, and fractional Radiofrequency (e-Matrix).
Appearance: This type of scarring causes rolling or "wave-like" undulations across otherwise normal appearing skin. Rolling scars arise when fibrous bands of tissue develop between the skin and the subcutaneous tissue below. These bands pull the upper part of the skin, binding it to deeper structures of the skin. It is this pulling of the epidermis from within that creates the rolling appearance of the skin. Rolling scars are best treated with subcision, fractional radiofrequency such as e-Matrix or fractional nonablative laser (fine scan, fraxel, fractional CO2).
Hypertrophic or Keloid Scars
Appearance: A hypertrophic scar looks like a raised, firm mass of tissue. These types of scars often grow larger than the original wound. Hypertrophic scars caused by acne are most often found in men. Unlike ice pick or boxcar scars, hypertrophic scars are not caused by a loss of tissue. They develop because of an overproduction of abnormal collagen then become fibrotic raised scar. Silicone gel or tapes, or intralesionalsteriod injections have been used to flatten the scars.
Laser Premium Clinic is the leading aesthetic laser clinic selects the best current modalities to treat all types of acne scars, for examples, e-matrix skin resurfacing, subcision, minor punch excision, growth factor therapy and medical treatment.
eMatrix is the new innovative sublative fractionated bi-polar radiofrequency technology for skin rejuvenation placing the non-laser energy into the upper dermis where it can produce a significant increase in both collagen and elastin synthesis with minimal epidermal disruption.
Benefits-acne scar, static line and pore reduction, jawline reshaping, skin tightening, skin resurfacing
How does e-Matrix work ?
The ergonomic eMatrix applicator delivers bipolar radio frequency energy via a matrix of 64 and 144 electrodes in the disposable applicator tip. The RF energy from e-Matrix Gold generates fractional deep dermal heating in the region of the electrode matrix to induce skin injury, thus eliciting a wound healing response. Mild to moderate wrinkles and superficial skin discoloration will reduce, and skin texture becomes smoother and more elastic.
What is the differnce between e-Matrix Sublative rejuvenation and fractional laser or other fractional RF?
Currently, only eMatrix can produce the unique pyramidal shape of RF energy. The more energy disrupted in dermis, the better collagen remodelling occurs. The less energy interrupted in epidermis or upper skin layer, the less possibility for adverse effects can occur. The other energy- based devices or laser may have coherence beam or reversed pyramidal column of RF energy which cannot produce the significant amount of collagen and elastin production as e-Matrix Sublative rejuvenation. During the eMatrix procedure, skin resistence will be continuously monitored and the depth of the energy can be estimated.
Who should be treated with eMatrix sublative rejuvenation?
eMatrix is a safe and effective solution for all skin types. However, not only improving all types of acne scars, excellent candidates for eMatrix will be persons with large pore, lines of wrinkles, laxity of jowls and upper eye lids and mild to moderate nasolabial folds.
When can patients expect to see results from eMatrix skin rejuvenation?
Typical eMatrix treatment protocol is 3 treatments, 4 - 6 weeks apart. The total number of required treatment sessions depends on the skin conditions of the patient.
How is the e-Matrix skin treatment tolerated by patients ?
During eMatrix treatment, many patients feel a warm, prickly sensation as energy enters their skin. After treatment a pink or red "sunburn" appearance and feeling is also common. Topical anesthetic ointments and cooling are often used to reduce discomfort during treatment.