Acne Scar Removal Surgery - a Brief Study on Scar Removal Treatments
Mild Acne scars disappear over a period of time. But at times, severe scars resulting from acne cysts and nodules can leave a permanent impression on the skin. To treat severe scars, Acne surgery can be resorted to.
A lot of factors need to be considered before resorting to get an acne scar removal surgery done. It has to be done by a well experienced surgeon who has handled such surgeries before. It would also help if you were referred by someone who has experienced good success in treating scars with the help of the surgeon.
Depending on the type and severity of scarring, appropriate scar treatment surgery method could be employed. Some of the widely used treatment surgery methods are discussed below:
1. Punch Excision:
Punch Excision involves surgically removing the portion of the scarred portion of the skin. The skin can then be sutured and left to heal by itself. It is used to treat Ice pick scars that do not cover a huge surface area of the skin. The face would be bandaged after the surgery and hospitalization would be a necessity. This Surgery is usually carried out on a local anaesthetic.
2. Skin Grafting with Punch Excision:
At times when the scarred skin covers a large surface area of the skin, punch excision needs to be coupled with skin grafting. Punch excision could be performed as discussed above to scrape out the scarred portion of the skin. Since, the scarred skin surface area is large, a skin graft needs to be performed by taking a portion of skin from the body, usually from the back of the ear and replacing the scraped out pit on the skin caused by the excision of the scar.
3. Fat Transfer for Scar Pits:
This method is used to treat huge pits left by acne scars. Fat taken from the body is injected under the pit. This can cover the depressions left by the acne scar. However, fat needs to be injected from time to time as the skin has the tendency to absorb the fat into its layers.
Precaution needs to be taken before resorting to acne scar removal surgeries as it opens out the possibility of infections as a result of open wounds. It needs to be done with the hands of an experienced surgeon.