Surgical Acne scar Treatments

Surgical Acne scar Treatments

Acne scars can cause people tremendous embarrassment and psychological problems for sufferers and having them can affect a person’s quality of live and self-esteem. Scars are caused as a result of skin tissue becoming damaged and infected by the cysts, nodules and spots that come with acne. Each person can be scarred in a different way and some people will be only suffer from mild and superficial, others may have scarring that is rather more severe.

Surgical acne scar treatments are available for people with all kinds of scarring although deep scars will need to be treated using rather more invasive procedures.

Laser treatments for acne

Surgical acne scar treatments using lasers are not what most people associate with surgery and can are mostly done on an out-patient basis; some procedures can even be carried out during a person’s lunch break.


There are generally two kinds of laser used in the treatment of acne; these are ablative lasers and non-ablative lasers.


Ablative lasers involve the use of a carbon dioxide (CO2) laser or an erbium YAG laser, the process works by removing the layer of damaged skin that surrounds the scar to reveal a smooth section of skin; this will reduce the appearance of the scar.


Non-ablative laser surgical acne scar treatments involve using the light produced by the laser to trick the brain into producing collagen. The collagen is a form of protein in the skin which can repair some of the damaged skin and leave the scar less noticeable.

Punch techniques for acne

Another common set of surgical acne scar treatments is the use of punch techniques; these are commonly used in the treatment of ice pick scarring and boxcar scarring. There are three different kinds of punch technique that can be implemented and the chosen procedure will depend on the type and severity on the scarring.


Each punch technique involves the use of a tool known as a punch biopsy tool; this is a small, sharp and round tool similar in appearance to a cookie cutter.


The first kind of punch technique used is known as punch excision, this procedure involves cutting away the scar and then closing up the wound. Upon healing, the wound will leave a smoother and more even skin tone.


The second method of punch technique is called punch elevation and once again involves cutting away the scar. The way in which the scar is cut is different to that of punch excision; this method is done by cutting the base of the scar. The base is then elevated to match the level of the surrounding skin, leaving an even skin tone.


The final punch technique is called punch replacement or punch grating. This method is different to the others and involves grafting a piece of skin from another part of the body (usually behind the ear) as opposed to suturing the wound. This technique is reserved for only the most severe scars and will give the skin a better complexion.