Infrared and TCA Peel for Acne Scar
Title: Evaluation of acne scar treatment with
a 1450-nm midinfrared and 30% trichloroacetic acid peels
Authors: 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
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).