The Role of Technology in Acne Scar Treatment

One of the depressing consequences of a seemingly innocuous acne problem is when it leaves a very distinct mark on the skin. Called scars, these skin deformations are the result of the body's healing and regeneration process in response to acne. Since acne often involves scar development, much of the technological developments today are geared towards effective acne scar treatment.

The removal of acne scars will often require manipulation of the fibrous connective tissues that make up the scar. Whether the process involves surgery or the use of certain chemicals, the essence of the acne scar treatment is in the dissolution of these fibrous connective tissues so that the normal collagenous tissue of the skin is formed. In these cases, science and technology are at the forefront.

Laser surgery, as one of the most sought after forms of modern day acne scar treatment, involves the use of highly precise intense light pulses to dissolve the molecular or chemical bonds of the fibrous connective tissue of the scar.

It literally burns the scar tissue to allow the deeper normal skin structures underneath to develop into the outer layer of the skin. The technology involved in this procedure is none like the usual you can expect from any surgical procedure. Instead of a scalpel to make an incision into the scar tissue, very precise light beams are projected to penetrate a specific depth to maximize the treatment without injuring surrounding healthy tissues.

Dermal fillers can also be injected into the scars in order to raise the surface of the skin and give it a smoother appearance. Dermal fillers employ the technology associated with the development of fat fillers, synthesized collagen, hyaluronic acid derivatives as well as polyethylmethacrylate microspheres embedded in collagen.

Other technology-based innovative acne scar treatment includes dermabrasion, punch excision, punch excision with skin graft replacement, punch elevation and subcutaneous incision.

In all of these procedures, technological advances as well as renewed scientific understanding of the fundamental disease process of acne is the key.