What are Ice Pick Scars?
Ice pick scars are types of acne scars, characterized by their jagged edges and steep sides, giving them an appearance of having been stabbed with an ice pick. A highly occurring type of acne scar, if you google ice pick scar pictures you’ll be familiar with them and might suffer with them. Ice pick scars come soft and hard, as well as shallow and deep. It is common for ice pick scars to extend all the way to the dermis or even subcutaneous skin layers. With time, ice pick scars can become depressed fibrotic scars.
The formation of scars is the body’s natural response to the inflammation caused by acne. These scars are categorized into loss of tissue scars. Other loss of tissue acne scars include boxcar scars and rolling scars.
On the other end of the spectrum are scars caused by the excess production of collagen; these include hypertrophic scars and keloids.
How to Get Rid of Ice Pick Scars
Most acne scar removal methods don’t work with deep ice pick scars. Dermabrasion, microdermabrasion and chemical peels regenerate new skin but only remove the outer layers of skin.
Lasers, another form of skin resurfacing, are another form of ice pick scar removal. Different lasers can be used to burn away a layer of skin. This process is similar to other resurfacing treatments in that it encourages the body’s regeneration of skin cells. They are also successful in recontouring and diminishing redness of scars.
Although you might be eager to pursue acne scar removal, to avoid improper healing and further scarring, do not move forward with any resurfacing procedure for at least 12 months after completing accutane.
Another set of acne removal methods are the punch techniques. Unfortunately, ice pick scars are often too deep for punch grafts but it has been found helpful in removing scars where loss of tissue is involved. A punch graft or punch replacement is the procedure that removes scar tissue and transplants skin from another part of the body. Punch excision describes the ice pick scars treatment where only the scar tissue is removed. The skin near the wound is stretched and closed, healing less conspicuously. In punch elevation, a surgeon cuts the scar, allowing it to raise to the regular skin level. The recovery time involved is typically several weeks long.
Lastly, one can have their skin stretched to improve the appearance of some scars and can be effective in treating ice pick scars. This, however, is only successful when the ice pick scars are soft. This ‘stretching’ can also be completed by injecting fillers such as collagen or fat, known as autologous fat transfer. With fat transfer, the body reabsorbs it back into the body between half a year to a year and a half later and requires follow up injections.
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