Impact Acne & Reduce Scarred Skin
We combine a course of two or three TCA (trichloroacetic acid) peels with up to three Morpheus8 treatments, and find this can make quite an impact on acne scarring. This can also include a quick treatment called subcision. This involves releasing the tethered appearance of a scar using a fine needle and is done with local anaesthetic at the same time as the Morpheus8 treatment. Peels can also be very useful in treating active acne.
How Does Morpheus8 Work For Acne?
Early treatments for scarring removed the entire superficial surface of the skin; as the skin grew back, scarring was reduced, but the new skin was overly pale and plastic-like as all the pigment producing cells (the melanocytes) had also been removed. The logical progression was to fractionate the treatment to remove some of the acne scarring but leave behind healthy normal skin which contained melanocytes etc. These would then multiply and grow into the resurfaced areas and the result was resurfaced skin which looked much smoother and more normal. Morpheus8 can be used as an RF needling (fractionated treatment) which gives excellent results in reducing scarred skin. In addition, this stimulates the dermis to produce more collagen and elastin. The deep skin regains volume and the overlying skin looks fresher, smoother, with more even pigmentation.
The History Of Skin Resurfacing
In the past, attempts were made to resurface the skin. This was initially done (under general anaesthetic) with sterile sandpaper. It was calleddermabrasion and is not to be confused with micro-dermabrasion found today being offered in salons. The problem with acne scarring is that no amount of gently removing the very top ‘dead’ layers of skin will help. And this is all microdermabrasion will do. It cannot remove living skin and this is what is needed to remodel the scars.
Although dermabrasion was successful in reducing the size of the lesions, it wasn’t terribly accurate in the depth of the skin removed and, consequently, scarring could occur which was every bit as bad. The main problem with this though, was that becauseallof the top layer of the skin was removed (including the healthy, unscarred skin and the melanocytes which give the skin pigment), the skin which healed after the treatment looked abnormally pale and, sometimes, plasticky in appearance. The next step in improving the accuracy of the depth of the skin removal came when lasers were used. The most common being the CO2 laser. And although it was more accurate, it still removed the whole of the top layer.