What are atrophic scars and how can they be treated?

Posted on 09 Oct, 2011

When an acne break out subsides, those who have the skin condition are often left with atrophic scars in the areas that previously suffered with spots. Atrophic scars are those that have a depressed or ‘pitted’ appearance, with their surface being lower than that of surrounding skin.

Atrophic scars are formed when the skin is damaged but its healing response fails to produce enough collagen or other fibrous tissues. As the healing is incomplete, any scar treatment needs to address the difference in surface levels as well as stimulating the healing process.

Microdermabrasion does just this, as it deeply exfoliates the skin, removing the superficial layers to reveal the smooth and healthy skin beneath. It also acts as a trigger, encouraging the skin’s own natural healing response, and this is compounded by the effects of the laser treatment.

When the laser is applied to the affected areas, it stimulates the production of collagen and connective tissues, compensating for the incomplete healing that has initially taken place.

Atrophic scars are often caused by acne, and yet they can also be caused by outbreaks of chicken pox, burns, surgery or accidents, all of which can destroy areas of tissue that the body is then unable to replace.