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Many of us have small scars from cuts or burns, or even larger scars from surgery. But there are plenty of treatment options to promote healthy healing, writes Bonnie Vaughan

Whether caused by injury, surgery, burns or serious acne, scars happen — all the time. Scarring is part of the healing process as collagen speeds to the trauma site to repair the damaged tissue and close the wound. Genetics, age, gender and the location of the injury site all play a part in any scar’s ultimate appearance.

Not all scars are created equal, however, and the type of scar you have determines the treatment options available. We spoke to two experts to break it all down.

If you have acne scars…

You have what is known as atrophic scars. “Acne scars are very challenging to get rid of,” says Dr. Philip Bekhor, director of the Laser Unit at the Royal

Children’s Hospital Melbourne. “The best technology will give an average improvement of 30 per cent.”

Remember that acne scarring cannot be treated while the condition is still active — that is, if the area is inflamed and red from recent breakouts.

Description: “Acne scars are very challenging to get rid of,” says Dr. Philip Bekhor, director of the Laser Unit at the Royal

“Acne scars are very challenging to get rid of,” says Dr. Philip Bekhor, director of the Laser Unit at the Royal

Treatment options

Fractional laser

Dr. Bekhor says this skin-resurfacing procedure is the mainstay of acne scar treatment. “Fractional lasers treat little pixel areas but leave the majority of the skin untouched,” he explains, “and in that way they don’t damage the complexion.” You’ll require from one to five treatments, depending on what type of laser is used.

Dermal filler injections

Some acne scars can be treated effectively with hyaluronic acid injections. You’re a good candidate if your scars seem to disappear when you stretch the skin, says Dr. Bekhor.

Subcision

 Only suitable for those with deeper acne scars, this method involves cutting out fibrous scar tissue with a fine cutting needle.

Skin needling

This procedure involves rolling a sterile roller bearing a series of fine, sharp needles to puncture the skin, stimulating collagen production. Up to six treatments over 12 months may be required.

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