What are Ice Pick Scars?
Ice pick scars are characterized by their jagged edges and steep sides, giving them an appearance of having been stabbed with the ice mashing kitchen utensil. A highly occurring condition, if you Google ice pick acne scar pictures you’ll be familiar with them and might suffer with them. Although more commonly hard and deep, they can also come soft and shallow. It is common that they extend all the way to the dermis or even subcutaneous skin layers. Ice pick scars can also turn into depressed fibrotic scars, larger and deeper versions, with time.
Acne scars form due to the body’s inflammatory response to acne lesions. These scars are caused by a loss of tissue. Other types of acne scars that fall into this category include boxcar scars and rolling scars.
On the other end of the spectrum are scars caused by the excess production of collagen; these include hypertrophic scars and keloids.
How to Get Rid of These Scars
Many scar removal methods do not produce great results as ice pick scars typically extend beyond the epidermis. Dermabrasion and chemical peels only remove the superficial layer of skin and microdermabrasion even less so.
Lasers, another form of skin resurfacing, are another form of ice pick scar removal. Different lasers can be used to burn away a layer of skin. This process is similar to other resurfacing treatments in that it encourages the body’s regeneration of skin cells. Redness and shape are also improved thanks to laser treatment.
Be patient after using accutane; to avoid poor healing or the worsening of scars, wait at least 12 months before pursuing an invasive acne scar removal procedure.
Another set of acne removal methods are the punch techniques. Punch grafts for the most part are helpful in depressed scar removal. Punch grafts or replacements are skin transplants placed where the scar was removed. Punch excision is similar to punch graft except no graft is transplanted. The skin near the wound is stretched and closed, healing less conspicuously. The last is punch elevation where the scar tissue is detached and allowed to ‘float’ up to the normal level of surrounding skin. These techniques have a recovery time of several weeks.
Another variation for treating this type of scar is stretching of the skin. Unfortunately, this does not work for most as it is only effective on soft scars and most ice pick scars are deep and hard. To improve upon stretching, a filler of collagen, fat (autologous fat transfer) or other substance can be injected. With fat transfer, the body reabsorbs it back into the body between half a year to a year and a half later and requires follow up injections.