Infrared and TCA Peel for Acne Scar

Title: Evaluation of acne scar treatment with a 1450-nm midinfrared and 30% trichloroacetic acid peels
Carniol PJ, Vynatheya J, Carniol E
Publication: Arch Facial Plast Surg. 2005 Jul-Aug;7(4):251-5.

In this study, 9 patients with rolling, boxcar, or both forms of acne scars received 4 monthly treatments using 1450-nm midinfrared, nonablative laser, followed by 2 bimonthly treatment with 30% trichloroacetic acid facial peels. The authors find that these patients have greater improvement than those treated with only the laser.

HIPE Editor’s note:
Rolling acne scars appear to have a rolling or undulating feature, caused by folds in the subcutaneous tissue of the skin. This form of acne scar needs to be treated by breaking up the fibrous bands that cause the skin to fold, usually by a surgical incision.

Boxcar acne scar is a round pit with sharp vertical edges (unlike the common ice pick scar, which are thin, deep scars).

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