If you have been a regular reader of these articles, then you are likely aware of how a platelet rich plasma treatment, also known as PRP therapy, can be an effective way to treat wrinkles and restore youthful vitality to your skin. What you may not be aware of, however, is that the same mechanisms that make PRP such a great tool for filling out and rejuvenating the skin can also be used as an acne scar treatment. PRP for acne scar removal will help free you from those unsightly stretch marks, pockmarks, and other lingering reminders of past outbreaks that have long overstayed their welcome.
How Does PRP Work for Acne Scar Removal?
Here’s a quick refresher on PRP therapy to explain how it works as an acne scar treatment. Your blood is filled with various platelet-derived growth factors that the body uses to repair the skin after an injury. Platelet rich plasma treatments are based around drawing blood, isolating these growth factors, mixing them in a nutrient cocktail, and injecting that mixture where it is needed most. The sudden increase in platelets makes the body think there has been a large injury and kicks the repair mechanism into overdrive. Sections of skin that possess imperfections like acne scars or wrinkles suddenly find themselves getting filled in with new collagen and elastin, the very building blocks of all healthy and youthful skin.
Due to how it operates in the above manner, PRP therapy is best suited for removing acne scars that come in the form of pockmarks, dimples, icepicks, or other forms of “denting.” If your acne scars are more fibrous in nature, it may be necessary to combine PRP with a laser therapy in order to ensure full coverage.
Comparing PRP Treatments with Alternatives
When looking for alternative treatments for acne scars, the main industry options are either Fraxel lasers or CO2 laser treatments. While effective, both have more costs and downtime associated with them and are in general much more aggressive and harsh compared to PRP.
A Fraxel laser treatment is a targeted therapy that aims to eliminate damaged skin cells and let the body repair the injury with newer, younger, undamaged skin. This is similar in principle to PRP except for one major difference: PRP tricks the body into thinking injury has occurred while a laser treatment actually inflicts injury. It’s a therapeutic injury, to be sure, but the laser is still the harsher of the two treatments.
A CO2 laser is one of the most powerful resurfacing treatments available, which is both its strength and weakness. CO2 lasers have been in use for over 25 years and they show their age in how aggressively they ablate the surface of the skin and remove layers to eliminate acne scars. While effective, this method is expensive and comes with significant downtime. As a result, using a CO2 laser for anything but the most advanced acne scars is sort of like bringing a rocket launcher to a darts game.
The Anti Aging Toronto Clinic prides itself on using the latest clinical methods to give clients the beauty they deserve. We support our clients being able to make the right, informed decisions about PRP therapy and strive to provide the best acne scar treatments in Toronto. Feel free to contact us by phone at 416-546-4664 or by e-mail at info@AntiAgingToronto.ca to ask any questions. Our skin care specialists can also offer you a tour of our Toronto facilities.