Acne scars form as a result of inflammatory or cystic acne. This is when the follicle/pore becomes enlarged due the accumulation of excess oil, bacteria or other impurities in the pore, causing the follicle wall to break. The impurities spread to the dermis, where it damages healthy skin tissue and, combined with the over-production of collagen to heal the wound, leads to the formation of a scar.
Different types of Acne Scars include Ice Pick Scars (deep pits), Boxcar Scars (angular scars – which normally occur on the temple and cheeks), Rolling Scars (have a wave-like appearance) and Hypertrophic (thickened) scars. The type of scarring that develops depends largely on the nature of the damage to the skin and the accompanying repair process.
This type of scar develops as the result of second or third-degree burns. A contracture develops when the surrounding skin pulls together and may lead to restricted movement in the surrounding area.
PIH Scars (Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation)
Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation (PIH) refers to the discolouration of the skin that develops after a wound, such as inflamed acne, has healed. These marks range in colour from pink to red, purple or brown, are flat and may fade away naturally over a period of time. The discolouration is the result of an over-production of melanin in the affected area during the healing process.
PIH can occur in all skin tones but is more common in darker skin, and especially prevalent in acne sufferers.
Keloid Scars develop after a skin injury, during the healing process. They are mainly composed of collagen and have a shiny, raised, rubbery, but firm, appearance. They can vary in colour, from pink to flesh-coloured or red to dark brown. Although they’re benign, they may be accompanied by severe itchiness, pain and texture changes. In some cases, they may become infected and ulcerated.
The Melrose Aesthetic Centre offers a range of treatments aimed at scar reduction and removal.
Profractional Laser Treatment
Proractional, non-ablative laser for skin resurfacing and the treatment of surgical scars, acne scars and stretch marks – the only FDA cleared laser for this treatment. The various Microlenses allow for customized treatments; the XF Microlens for high speed, quick treatment sessions or the XD Microlens for deeper penetration to reach tough conditions such as scars and stretch marks.
Micro Laser Peels
A Micro Laser Peel is a gentle, laser assisted skin peel, which precisely removes the skin’s outermost layer to a predetermined depth.
It is the perfect step between Microdermabrasion and deeper Chemical or Laser Peels for treating pigmentation, sun damage and melasma.
An Erbium Yag laser emits short pulses of high-energy light, which gets absorbed by the water and chromophores in the skin. The light becomes heat, and that heat removes thin layers of your skin’s surface, which will be replaced by younger, healthier and stronger skin growth.
Carboxytherapy is a revolutionary new skin rejuvenation treatment, which is being touted as the biggest advance in Aesthetics since Muscle relaxing injectable®. Small quantities of pharmaceutical grade, warmed carbon dioxide are infected below the skin in damaged areas.
Skin Care Products
A good skin care regime is essential for achieving and maintaining a healthy, glowing complexion and plays a vital role in the battle against aging. The Melrose Aesthetic Centre stocks and provides a complete selection of the Exclusive Internationally Acclaimed brand of iS Clinical® Range of products.
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Skin Care Supplements
Xymogen™ has formulated a comprehensive range of dietary supplement formulas scientifically designed to support the structure and function of your body systems, so that you can live healthy by reducing the effects of stress on your body, improve the appearance of your skin, nails or hair, support bone or joint health, or simply want to ensure optimal nutrition, you have choices.
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