What are Ice Pick Scars?
There are many types of acne scars; ice pick scars are those with the rough edges and steep sides, as if hacked by an ice pick. Look up ice pick scar pictures and you’ll immediately recognize this type of facial scar. Although more commonly hard and deep, ice pick scars can also come soft and shallow. It is common for ice pick scars to extend all the way to the dermis or even subcutaneous skin layers. Depressed fibrotic scars are large scars with sharp and step edges. Ice pick scars can evolve into depressed fibrotic scars after time.
The formation of scars is the body’s natural response to the inflammation caused by acne. These particular scars fall into the category of acne scars caused by a loss of tissue. Other types of acne scars that fall into this category include boxcar scars and rolling scars.
Hypertrophic scars and keloids are the opposite and characterized by excess car tissue caused by increase collagen production.
How to Get Rid of Ice Pick Scars
As ice pick scars are typically deep, most acne scar removal methods are not effective. Dermabrasion, microdermabrasion and chemical peels regenerate new skin but only remove the outer layers of skin.
Lasers are also involved in ice pick scar removal. Different lasers can be used to burn away a layer of skin. This process is similar to other resurfacing treatments in that it encourages the body’s regeneration of skin cells. They are also successful in recontouring and diminishing redness of scars.
Be patient after using accutane; to avoid poor healing or the worsening of scars, wait at least 12 months before pursuing an invasive acne scar removal procedure.
Punch techniques are another option for depressed scars. Unfortunately, ice pick scars are often too deep for punch grafts but it has been found helpful in removing scars where loss of tissue is involved. A punch graft or punch replacement is the procedure that removes scar tissue and transplants skin from another part of the body. Punch excision describes the ice pick scars treatment where only the scar tissue is removed. The wound is then closed by stretching the skin and left to heal. In punch elevation, a surgeon cuts the scar, allowing it to raise to the regular skin level. The recovery time involved is typically several weeks long.
An option for treating ice pick scars (pitted acne scars) without physical removal of scar tissue is stretching of the skin. However, this only is effective on soft scars, which ice pick scars are often not. To improve upon stretching, a filler of collagen, fat (autologous fat transfer) or other substance can be injected. With fat transfer, the body reabsorbs it back into the body between half a year to a year and a half later and requires follow up injections.
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