Ice-Pick Scars

Definition - What does Ice-Pick Scars mean?

Ice-pick scars are a typical and frequent form of acne scarring. They are deep, pitted, narrow scars that appear as indentations, which, in a cross-section, resemble the letter “V”. Their size does not always reflect the size of the initial acne lesions that caused them, as this mostly depends on the healing process of the skin.

TheConsultation explains Ice-Pick Scars

Ice-pick scars are usually found in areas with thin skin, like the forehead or the upper cheeks. Their treatment is challenging and often involves two stages. First stage therapies for ice-pick scars are aimed at reducing their depth so that the skin surface becomes flat again.

Second stage treatments for ice-pick scars have as a goal to eliminate the skin discoloration in the newly-restored, flat scar. Therefore, the treatments that comprise the first stage management are mainly punch excision, elevation or grafting, dermabrasion, microneedling, TCA chemical reconstruction of skin scars (CROSS), dermal fillers, chemical peels and laser therapy.

On the other hand, as stage two treatments are considered the dermabrasion, microneedling, chemical peels and laser therapy.

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