Definition - What does Depressed Scar mean?
Depressed scars, also known as icepick scars, are scars that appear below the level of the skin surface as sunken or pitted marks on the skin. They may be caused by acne, usually cystic acne, or chicken pox, and they may become more prominent as you get older.
As it is expected, the success of the treatments depends on the specific characteristics of the depressed scars, such as their depth and size.
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Small-sized depressed scars can be smoothed with the use of dermal-fat grafts or autologous fat grafts. Yet the correction of deep depressed scars is more demanding. After breaking down the scar tissue in the deep skin layer, plastic surgeons use fillers like collagen and hyaluronic acid, autologous fat and dermo-fat grafts to even out the depressed scars.
However, the autologous fat grafts are often responsible for complications including necrosis and infections and they are absorbed by the body to a great extent. Plastic surgeons and dermatologists also use microneedling for the treatment of depressed scars. The microscopic injuries caused by the needles break up the pathologic collagen of the scar and promote the production of new collagen.
Another treatment options include dermabrasion, subcision, laser therapies and laser-assisted drug delivery with satisfactory results.