How to remove old scars: Treatment, procedure and cost

How to remove old scars

Acne scars are common

Many people have acne scars on their faces, chests, and backs. 80% of persons between the ages of 11 and 30 will have acne, and around 20% will be left with scars. Scars may be reduced with the use of OTC creams or dermatological procedures.

Symptoms of acne scars

Acne may manifest in various ways. Common skin conditions like whiteheads and blackheads usually clear themselves without any complications. Other forms may cause scarring, such as:

  • Papules: They are painful bumps ranging from pink to red and ache when touched.
  • Pustules: These are boiling sores. The bottom half is red, while the upper half is white or yellow.
  • Nodules: Solid lesions that are more profound on the skin and may hurt more than papules and pustules.
  • Cysts: They are hidden under the surface of the skin. They're prone to scarring since they're sore, pus-filled, and uncomfortable.
  • Hypertrophic/keloid scar: Collagen development during healing causes thick, elevated red spots. Keloids are elevated severe scars.
  • Icepick scars: These are deep, narrow dermal scars. The skin appears as if an ice pick penetrated it.
  • Scars: Increased melanin synthesis or inflammation-induced blood vessel dilatation causes skin discolouration, which appears as red, red-brown, or brown-black patches.

Conditions that lead to acne scarring

Acne scarring results from the body's attempts to heal the acne. When one is injured, one's body responds uniquely, and that's what decides whether or not one will have scarring. The production of collagen is an integral part of the mending process. Excess collagen causes the scars to protrude.

Different old acne treatments

If an old scar removal cream fails to give the desired result, one can use any of the following treatments to remove old scars:

Laser skin resurfacing

Laser skin resurfacing tightens and smoothens skin tone, eliminates lesions, and diminishes wrinkles and scars. The laser vaporises the outer skin layer and encourages collagen development.

Laser resurfacing reduces wrinkles and scars, evens skin colour (pigmentation), tightens skin, and removes benign and malignant tumours.

This procedure focuses brief pulsing light beams on uneven skin. Laser skin resurfacing accurately vaporises skin layers. The beams heat the dermis and remove the epidermis from one's skin. The laser causes collagen strands to develop, making skin smoother and firmer. This common technique is known as las abrasion, laser peel, and laser vaporisation.

Micro-needling radiofrequency (MNRF)

Micro-needling radiofrequency (MNRF) is a superficially invasive therapy that rejuvenates the skin using radiofrequency radiation and micro-needling. By boosting collagen and elastin production in the dermis, fractional RF pulses tighten skin and decrease acne scars. The technique alters the top skin layer. Therefore, it has little downtime.

To reduce pain, a dermatologist may administer numbing cream an hour before MNRF. They will softly push the sophisticated equipment on one's skin. The tip needles will deposit radiofrequency at the chosen depth. The skin expert precisely manages microneedle penetration till they get desired results.

This old acne scar treatment helps diminish wrinkles and fine lines and upgrades skin tone and texture.

Chemical peels 

Chemical peels are a method of treating acne scars by exfoliating the skin with a chemical solution. The new skin that forms as a replacement is often less bumpy and scarred.

After getting a chemical peel, patients should stay out of the sun for a while. A mild peel may be done as often as every one to four weeks. There is a 6-12 month interval between medium-depth peels.


Subcision is a minimal surgical treatment often done to remove acne scars in a doctor's office.

The acne scar is separated from the deeper tissues by placing a tiny needle beneath the skin. As a result, the spot from acne will be less noticeable and one's skin will be able to rise to its normal level.

TCA cross peel

TCA cross peel is a well-liked method for treating acne scars since it helps to reduce their visibility by encouraging the body to produce new collagen, improving the skin's texture. Acne scars may be treated using the TCA cross approach by applying trichloroacetic acid with a little applicator, like a toothpick. Acne scars that have atrophied, like icepicks and boxcars, respond well to TCA cross-treatment.

Laser toning

Using a powerful yet mild beam of light, laser/light treatment may heal acne scars without causing any harm to the nearby tissue.

There is little discomfort or downtime. This process is non-invasive. It gives the best results when combined with other old acne scar removal treatments.

Intralesional injections 

Large acne cysts may be treated with cortisone injections by injecting a synthetic version of the cortisol hormone directly into the affected area. Reduced inflammation, swelling, and discomfort from even the most severe inflammatory acne outbreaks may be achieved using the anti-inflammatory medication cortisone.

Acne treatments like cortisone needles have a rapid onset of action. When one applies a remedy to a blemish, one may expect to see results within 24 hours. Even if the scars don't go away entirely after a week, they'll be much smaller and more capable of healing themselves.

Cost of old acne scar removal treatment

At UnCover, an hour-long old acne scar removal treatment session starts at Rs. 3,000. UnCover's patients get comprehensive treatment planning and follow-up services to reduce complications and maximise benefits. The customer satisfaction percentage is the greatest in the business at 100%. The clinic only employs lasers reviewed and authorised by the USFDA to provide the highest quality care.

Summing Up

The world-class teams of dermatologists at UnCover take a rounded approach to patient care, and they are experts in personalising cutting-edge cosmetic treatments.

Visit the website to schedule a free consultation and get started with a unique old acne scar treatment for a safe, painless, and highly effective experience.

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