Content with credentials. This article has been reviewed by Doctor Isabella Sillar.
We are all about the latest and most innovative ways to take care of your skin. While PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) is not a particularly ‘new’ technology (it has been used to treat sports injuries for years), it is making a resurgence in the cosmetic industry as an effective acne scar removal treatment.
First and foremost, what is acne & acne scarring? Acne is an inflammatory skin condition that causes spots and pimples, especially on the face, shoulders, back, neck, chest and upper arms. Acne occurs when oil glands of the skin become clogged.
Acne Scarring is a permanent textual change in the skin leading to inconsistencies and irregularities on the surface of the skin. Acne scarring tends to make patients appear more aged than they actually are.
Atrophic acne scar treatment Melbourne has to offer depends on a number of factors including, the type of acne scarring and hereditary issues such as hyperpigmentation. What we do know is that acne scarring occurs early in acne and relates to severity and delay before treatment.
The aftermath of active acne scarring can result in rolling scars, ice-pick scars, boxcar scars and keloid scars needing a scar removal treatment in the long run.
Rolling scars occur when skin heals with an uneven, wavy contour after moderate to severe acne scarring.
Ice-pick Scars are deep and narrow, and they are more severe than other types of acne scars.
Boxcar scars have a wider, depressed scar with well-defined edges.
Keloid Scars are enlarged, raised scars that can be pink, red or darker than the surrounding skin causing acne scarring.
Acne scar treatment Melbourne Procedure: PRP Facial (or Plasma Skin Resurfacing)
Plasma skin resurfacing is an acne scar removal procedure used for facial tightening and resurfacing. This scar removal treatment is a non-laser procedure done to reduce the lines, and wrinkles.
The Acne scar removal procedure begins when a small amount of blood is taken from your arm (approximately 20ml). It is then placed into a centrifuge to separate the platelets and plasma from the red and white blood cells. The platelets are loaded with proteins called ‘growth factors’ used to stimulate skin healing and collagen production.
The plasma is applied to the skin (like moisturiser) and then we use a special tool to create several, micro-wounds on the scar. These tiny injuries heal within a couple of days and new collagen is formed inside of the scar. As the new collagen forms it reduces the scar’s depth. The combined therapy of PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) and skin needling, can also reduce the discolouration associated with scarring by encouraging old skin cells to shed, helping in the scar removal procedure.
What should the patient expect prior to the Scar removal procedure?
Before the scar removal treatment, a topical numbing cream is applied to reduce any discomfort. The scar removal process takes about 40 minutes and scar removal treatments are recommended every four to six weeks for acne correction.
What should the patient expect during the scar removal procedure?
After the numbing cream is applied it is common for the patient to feel a warm sensation during the scar removal treatment. 15 minutes – 45 minutes is the expected duration of the scar removal procedure based on the patient’s needs.
What should the patient expect after the Scar removal procedure?
After the scar removal treatment the skin is healing, mild redness (like a sunburn) may persist for 2-3 days. It is expected to have some skin flaking as the outer layer of the skin begins to shed, lasting for up to 10 days.
A good amount of moisturiser like petroleum jelly (Vaseline) should be used several times a day. During healing and post scar removal treatment, it is important to limit sun exposure and wear SPF. The swelling after the scar removal is temporary and will gradually subside.
Patients with active acne are not suitable for acne scar treatment Melbourne has to offer and here’s why the scar removal treatment might not be recommended:
Skin needling is normally suggested to the patients for scar removal depending on the depth of scarring. If we use skin needling over active acne it is likely that we are spreading the bacteria to other areas of the face or body making the scar removal treatment ineffective.