Acne is a common skin condition that afflicts most people, to a varying degree, during the teen years. However, the disease is by no means restricted to this age group; adults in their thirties and forties may have acne. Do not think that because acne is common, treatment is unnecessary. At Castleknock Cosmetic Clinic Dublin we see acne patients also suffering from the “conspiracy of silence”. Because of elegant makeup most patients do not see other people’s acne (:). They feel they are the only ones with acne.
Waiting to “outgrow” acne can be a serious mistake. Medical treatment can improve your appearance and self-esteem, and prevent the development of lifelong scars.
Treatment of acne scaring: at Castleknock Cosmetic Clinic Dublin we generally advice you to wait until acne activity has been low or absent for a number of months. Scars improve with time as the body softens their appearance. The colour contrast is often the most troublesome aspect of resolving large acne blemishes. These lesions may leave a flat or depressed red scar that is so obvious, patients mistake the mark for an active lesion. The colour will fade and approach normal skin tones in 4 to 12 months. Many patients are self-conscious about the pitted and crater like scars that do not fade. These remain as a permanent record of previous severe acne.
Once scars develop, we need specialised treatments at Castleknock Cosmetic Clinic Dublin will help get rid of them. Fortunately, there are a variety of procedures available to you to remove or revise these marks:
Punch Excision and Grafting
Some narrow pitted scars are too deep to be removed by dermabrasion. These can be removed with a surgical instrument called a punch. The resulting defect is closed; primarily or with a tiny skin graft, with gratifying results. Sometimes chemical peel or laser resurfacing are used following this procedure.
Patients with a few soft depressed scars with smooth edges respond well to injection of various dermal fillers. There are fillers available and the choice of filler will be discussed with you after your consultation with Dr Kahlout (medical director of Castleknock Cosmetic Clinic Dublin). Dermal fillers have evolved greatly in the last number of years. Now we see fillers lasting for up to 4 years after single treatment.
Fractional CO2 Laser Resurfacing
Treatment of acne is a continuing process if the disorder is to be controlled successfully. Fractionalised CO2 laser resurfacing offers a smooth clearance of the acne irregularities on the skin. However, you must follow our instructions, since you are the only one who can accomplish the necessary daily care. Results of fractional CO2 resurfacing are permanent.
If you are willing to spend the time and effort, you can expect a pleasing result. Combining two or more of the above methods always yield much better results.
Filler Injection €450
Fractional CO2 Laser Resurfacing €1250
Punch Excision & Grafting €2500
Combination Treatment 10% off