What is Acne Scarring?
When acne breakouts penetrate the skin deeply, the breakouts damage the skin and the tissue beneath it from the infection and also from the person physically picking at the skin. As the acne clears, the body tries to repair this damage. During the healing process, the fibroblasts in the dermis produce a substance called collagen.Collagen acts as a scaffold, providing support to the epidermis. Too little or too much collagen in the wrong place will create a scar. If you currently have active acne or inflamed acne, see our treatment page for Acne Treatment Sydney for more information on an effective treatment.
Different Types of Acne Scars
The type of scar depends on how much collagen your body makes.
- Raised (Hypertrophic) acne scars: firm raised bumps caused by too much collagen and are more common on the shoulders, upper back and chest, and in people with darker skin types.
- Depressed (Atrophic) acne scars: Are the most common type of scar and are caused when not enough collagen is produced.
Atrophic scars are further subdivided into 3 categories:
We don’t really know why some people get more scars and others don’t. If your parents or other family members have acne scars, it is likely that you will scar too. Sometimes even mild acne can result in scarring. The best way to prevent scarring is to treat acne quickly.
SublativeTM Technology Treating Acne Scars
Radiofrequency (RF) is a lower intensity energy than laser, but travels through the skin in a different way, penetrating deep into the dermis without harming the epidermis. Laser treatments destroy 70% of the epidermal layer to get the energy to the site of the scar whereas Sublative only disrupts 5% of the epidermal layer.The energy is creating the inflammatory response in the top dermal layer so it is subdermal and the scar tissue is remodeled underneath the skin. This effectively is ejecting the damaged collagen and replacing it with new collage. You heal from the inside out.From the diagram, you see the traditional laser ablative treatment lose energy as it penetrates the skin creating cone shape damage. With SublativeTM the RF energy enters the skin with small microscopic holes but the energy is strongest in the dermis creating an inverted cone. The delivery of this RF energy is what makes all the difference in remodeling scar tissue.
The Science Behind SublativeTM Skin Rejuvenation
The basic theory behind SublativeTM fractional RF device is that the heat generated by the RF destroys microscopic sections of scarred skin. Fractionate profile of the RF is important due to the ability to leave healthy cells in between the grid of damaged cells. The healthy cells speed up the wound process that causes cell growth and collagen production. When the energy is applied to the skin, it creates controlled microscopic damage in the dermis. Once injured, an inflammatory response is induced, the body is sends fibroblast to the area and collagen and elastin is created. This is the exact wound healing process that is essential in repairing acne scar made possible by the destroyed scar tissue being replaced with new collagen and elastin producing cells.Fractionated radiofrequency (RF) behaves like an electrical current. The sender electrode emits the RF energy and the receiver electrode receives the energy to complete the circuit. The same as electrical current it returns in a path of least resistance. The RF energy only disrupts only 5% of the epidermis, with most of the energy penetrating deep in the dermis where it is needed. In effect, it is creating the heat from the inside where the wound healing is required. As a result, healing is rapid with little surface damage and down time is minimal.
Acne Scar Remodelled
When the RF energy hits the scar tissue it works its way around the harden tissue thereby heating the scar in a specific controlled manner.This way that heat is delivered to the exact area of the scar tissue is unique to RF energy. It targets the harden scar and over a few treatments remodels the damaged collagen with new soft collagen.
Free Acne Scar Treatment Consultation
The best way to have your acne scars accessed is in person by a qualified clinician. At Detail Smoother Skin Clinic we offer a free consultation where you will receive personalised information based on your skin type and acne scar level. From this, you will know how many treatments are needed, a written quote with cost and specific information you will need to follow before, during and after your treatment.
Active Acne Frequently Asked Questions
How does a treatment feel?
Under the lower to medium settings the feeling is similar to very light pinpricks on the skin. Over the counter anaesthetic cream will be applied to reduce the discomfort under the highest setting. SublativeTM is much less painful than Traditional Fractional treatment.
How often should I have treatments?
4 treatments are required with 4-5 week intervals apart, but the total number of treatments will depend on the skin condition of the patient and how many areas need to be treated. People with severe acne scar may choose to perform maintenance treatments every 3 months until they are satisfied with the appearance of the skin.
What is the downtime after a treatment?
There is no downtime with SublativeTM treatment. The skin will have very tiny pinhole like marks where the treatment occurred. The skin will have redness similar to light sunburn. This redness calms down within 24 hours and the small marks can be covered up with tinted moisturiser. You can return to work the same day and return to active exercise the next day.
How much do SublativeTM treatment(s) cost?
The cost of acne scar treatments will depend on the size of the area. See the full price list for Acne Scar Treatment Sydney alternatively you can book a free Acne Scar consultation to get personalised treatment information for your treatment area.
Acne Scar Treatment Before & After Photos
What’s the next step?
If you already have an appointment booked at Eden Skin Clinic, you can easily add a free acne scar treatment consultation to your booking by calling our friendly team on 02 8020 5800 or click on one of the buttons below to make an enquiry or book a free consultation online.