Acid Scar Treatment With Trichloroacetic Acid

The removal of acne scars using trichlorocetic acid through chemical reconstruction of skin scars method:

With acne attacks, come acne scars. And it is because of this scarring that most sufferers from acne resort to acne scar surgery to remove acne scarring. Some people suffer from acne scars which are softly indented while others have scars that are depressed and have a sharp border. Then there are the narrow and deep, small scars and the acne scars that are inflamed and thickened. As there are different types of acne scars, dermatologists decide on the best acne scar surgery depending on the type of acne scar the patient is suffering from.

At present, there is no ‘best’ or most effective treatment or surgery that is effective in removing acne scars. However the technique where there is focal application of higher trichloroacetic acid (TCA) concentrations on the atrophic acne scars. This TCA has to be pressed hard on the depressed areas of atrophic acne scars in a bid to chemically reconstruct skin scars through CROSS or Chemical Reconstruction Of Skin Scars method.

This method of acne scar surgery is generally suggested for the dark complexioned patients suffering from acne. This cannot be considered to be actually a form of surgery, as there are no incisions to be made or any surgery to be done. However it has been proven to be an effective form of acne scar removal. On treating the patient with about five to six courses of 100% TCA CROSS, the patient reported excellent results with most of the acne scars having been removed.

Moreover, since there are no complications in this procedure of TCA, CROSS is considered to be a safe and effective modality that can and should be used for the treatment of atrophic acne scars. Moreover this procedure can be done by a patient, without expecting any significant complications.

Journal: Dermatol Surg. 2002 Nov;28(11):1017-21; discussion 1021

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