Scars: we all have one, two or several. But the thing about scars is that they are all fiercely unique to each individual — each with their own story to tell. With scars coming in many shapes and forms, this also means that a variety of different techniques must be employed to effectively treat the wider spectrum of scars. Here we pinpoint 5 scar-reducing methods and the types of scars they treat.
- Fractional Radiofrequency (RF)
Effective for: Superficial scarring, atrophic/pitted scarring
Find it in: Divine PRO
Fractional RF technology has the ability to treat both superficial scarring, which is generally post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation affecting the upper layers of the dermis, and atrophic scars — which cause injury to the deeper dermal layers, resulting in a sunken appearance. The Divine PRO facial rejuvenation platform combines the application of fractional microneedles with RF energy to induce micro-wounds and double action collagen regeneration benefits that leave scarred and hyperpigmented areas of the face clearer and smoother with each subsequent treatment.
- IPL Skin Rejuvenation
Effective for: Superficial scarring
Find it in: LUX Series IPL machines
IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) skin rejuvenation technology is great for repairing the effects of superficial injury to the skin, such as the red, hyperpigmented marks left behind from acne vulgaris. The pigment in the scar absorbs the IPL wavelength, breaking it down into tiny fragments that are then removed by the lymphatic system.
Effective for: Superficial scarring
Find it in: Bio-Hydroderm Trinity™
Hydrodermabrasion is a popular treatment for superficial acne scarring. The Bio-Hydroderm Trinity™ microdermabrasion machine works by passing a diamond-encrusted wand over the skin to remove the stratum corneum. This removal of the dead, outer layer of skin prompts an accelerated response in the formation of fresh and healthy skin cells, resulting in the gradual fade and reduction of acne marks, blemishes and hyperpigmentation. Hydrodermabrasion is preferable over traditional microdermabrasion treatment as the abrasion levels can be adjusted, and the skin is also simultaneously infused with nourishing skin corrective fluids to hydrate treated skin and reduce irritation.
- Skin Needling
Effective for: Superficial scarring, atrophic/pitted scarring, surgical scarring
Find it in: Dermal Pen PRO
Skin needling is widely used to turn back the clock on a variety of scars — from superficial and atrophic acne scars, to surgical scars and even stretch mark scars. The process is known as Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT) in which the micro needling pen inflicts controlled injuries to the dermal layers, stimulating new collagen to fill in the scarred areas. Using a mechanised, pen-like skin needling system, such as the Dermal Pen PRO, allows skin therapists to adjust the needle length from 0.25 – 2.5mm, depending on the depth and severity of the scar. In addition, the upright, vertical penetration of the needles minimises bleeding and epidermal trauma when compared to the rolling and pulling motion of dermal rollers.
- Vitamin C skincare
Effective for: All scarring
Find it in: Clinical standard skincare products
Not exactly a technology, but an essential element none the less when it comes to wound healing and scar reduction. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that plays an important role in collagen synthesis and wound repair for keeping skin clear, supple, firm and healthy. Vitamin C is also known for its ability to brighten and even out skin tone when applied topically, so a quality vitamin C-rich product should be integrated into any skincare regimen aiming to address superficial scarring and marks. A professionally prescribed skincare regmien is crucial when treating facial scarring, especially when preparing the skin for treatments such as skin needling. With the right clinical strength active ingredients, skincare and technology can work hand-in-hand to deliver dramatic results in scar reduction.
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