PRP Therapy – A Game-Changing Solution for Acne Scar Treatment

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What are acne scars?

Acne scars, those enduring skin marks resulting from previous acne outbreaks, can significantly impact one’s confidence and self-esteem. Whether you’re dealing with boxcars, rolling, or ice pick scars, the journey to smoother, clearer, and better skin can feel like an uphill battle. But fear not, understanding the nature of acne scars and the available treatments can provide you effective solutions and renewed confidence.

How to treat acne scars?

When it comes to tackling acne scars, a myriad of treatment options is available, each promising to restore skin’s smooth texture and diminish the appearance of scars. From laser skin resurfacing to dermabrasion and chemical peels, the treatment line against acne scars is vast. But beyond conventional treatments, Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy – a cutting-edge approach to acne scar removal – has emerged as a game-changer in the treatment of acne scars. PRP harnesses the body’s natural healing abilities to promote collagen production and scar repair. During the process, blood is derived from the patient’s own body through centrifugation and administered into acne scar sites via injection or micro-needling techniques. PRP Therapy works in several ways: it helps skin cells grow, increases the blood flow, and improves the structure of the skin. Through these mechanisms, PRP Therapy not only reduces the appearance of acne scars but also enhances skin texture and elasticity, delivering sustainable and aesthetically pleasing outcomes.


1) Did you know that your skin condition reflects your liver health?

Your skin is a mirror reflecting your internal health, including the state of your liver. Poor liver health or underlying health conditions can manifest as skin issues like acne. When your liver is overloaded with toxins, it can’t effectively filter them out which ultimately leads to inflammation and breakouts on the skin’s surface.

2) Have you ever wondered what are acne scars and how they form?

Acne scars occur when there is damage to the skin’s collagen, usually as a result of severe acne. About 80 to 90% of acne scar cases are atrophic scars, characterised by a loss of tissue leading to depressions or indentations in the skin. These include boxcar, rolling, and ice pick scars and each of them has its own unique appearance and formation mechanism.

3) What happens to the skin when you have acne?

During acne breakouts, inflammation and excess oil production can damage the skin’s structure which leads to atrophic acne scar formation. The severity of atrophic acne scars often links with the severity of the acne itself. In more severe cases, the scars are more prominent and deeper.

4) What are the available popular solutions for atrophic acne scars?

Several popular solutions are available for addressing atrophic acne scars and each of the solutions offers distinct advantages and considerations:

  • Laser Skin Resurfacing: Laser therapy contains a range of intensities – ranging from ablative to non-ablative – targeting scar tissue with precision. Ablative lasers remove outer skin layers, stimulate collagen production and reduce scar appearance. Non-ablative lasers, on the other hand, focus on collagen remodelling without ablating the skin’s surface. The effectiveness of laser skin resurfacing in diminishing acne scars varies based on factors such as scar severity and skin type. Results can be long-lasting, although multiple sessions may be required for optimal outcomes.
  • Dermabrasion: Dermabrasion is a surgical procedure involving the removal of the skin’s outer layer using an abrasive instrument. By effectively “sanding down” the skin surface, dermabrasion reduces the appearance of acne scars and promotes skin regeneration. Dermabrasion may require a longer recovery period compared to other treatment options. Results are generally long-term, although maintenance treatments may be required over time.
  • Chemical Peel: Chemical peels involve the application of a chemical solution to the skin which causes controlled exfoliation and subsequent regeneration of the epidermis. The effectiveness of chemical peels in treating acne scars depends on the peel’s depth, concentration, and individual’s skin response. Although the results of chemical peel are noticeable after a single treatment, multiple sessions are often recommended for better outcomes.

5) Did you know that acne scars can appear at any age?

Yes, acne scars can indeed appear at any age, not solely restricted to adolescence as commonly believed. Scars can persist or develop due to various factors, including genetics, hormonal fluctuations, chronic inflammation, skin trauma, and inadequate scar management during earlier acne episodes.

6) PRP can help!

Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy offers a promising solution for reversing and healing acne scars through its multifaceted mechanism of action. PRP contains a concentrated blend of platelets, growth factors, and cytokines obtained from the patient’s own blood, which collectively stimulate tissue repair and regeneration.

For example, consider ice pick scars, one of the most common and challenging types of acne scars. These scars are deep and narrow, making them difficult to treat with conventional methods. When PRP is applied to ice pick scars, it triggers a series of natural healing processes. PRP boosts the production of collagen, a key protein that provides structure and strength to the skin. This helps to fill in the deep indentations of ice pick scars. Furthermore, PRP enhances blood flow to the scarred areas. This increased blood flow brings more oxygen and nutrients to the skin, accelerating the healing process. In addition, PRP encourages the restructuring of the extracellular matrix – the network of proteins that supports skin cells – which smooths out the skin’s texture and reduces the appearance of scars.

The regenerative response initiated by PRP leads to the formation of new and healthy skin tissue which significantly improves the skin’s appearance. PRP therapy offers distinct advantages compared to conventional treatments like laser skin resurfacing, dermabrasion, and chemical peels. It has a lower risk of side effects, minimal downtime, and uses no foreign substances, which makes it a safer and more natural option for acne scar treatment.

7) Different PRP injection methods

There are different PRP injection methods, but the most common are the microneedling technique and manual injections. The microneedling technique involves creating numerous tiny punctures in the skin, which facilitates the application of PRP on the treated area and boosts its absorption through the epidermal and upper dermal layers. Manual injection, on the other hand, allows for precise delivery of PRP into specific depths of the skin and offers several distinct advantages over microneedling.

Manual injections allow for the precise delivery of PRP into specific depths of the skin, including the lower dermis, which is particularly beneficial for treating deeper scars like ice-pick scars requiring targeted treatment to achieve the best results. Furthermore, the healthcare provider can customise the depth and placement of PRP according to the specific characteristics of the scar and the patient’s skin type. This customised approach can enhance the overall effectiveness of the treatment. Manual injections also ensure that the growth factors and healing properties of PRP are concentrated exactly where they are needed, which ultimately promotes more efficient and effective tissue regeneration. Ultimately, for deeper and more stubborn scars, manual injections offer a more effective solution due to their precision and targeted approach.

8) How fast will I see results?

The timeline for observing results following PRP therapy for acne scars can vary among individuals and is influenced by factors such as scar severity, skin type, and the body’s natural healing response. Generally, gradual improvements may be over a 2-6 week period after each treatment. However, it’s important to note that achieving desired results typically requires multiple treatment sessions spaced over several weeks or months to maximize collagen remodeling and scar improvement.

For example, atrophic scars, which are the most common type of acne scars, often respond well to PRP therapy. These scars are characterized by a loss of tissue and appear as depressions in the skin. According to clinical trials, the patients who underwent three PRP sessions, each spaced four weeks apart, began to notice initial improvements as early as after the first session. After the third session, significant improvements were typically visible, with smoother skin and reduced scar appearance. While individual results may vary, multiple sessions over several months can lead to substantial improvements in scar appearance and skin health.

9) How long do the results last?

The longevity of results following PRP treatment for acne scars can vary depending on various factors, including the individual’s skin type, scar severity, treatment protocol, and maintenance measures. PRP therapy can significantly improve the appearance of common types of acne scars, such as atrophic scars, and provide long-lasting results when administered correctly. PRP therapy usually consists of three treatment sessions spaced four weeks apart. On average, the results can last between 6-12 months after completing the treatment protocol. If the patient has no ongoing acne, the results can even be permanent. 70% of the patients experienced a noticeable improvement in the appearance of their scars. On average, there was a 40-50% reduction in scar depth and a significant enhancement in skin texture. While complete eradication of acne scars may not always be possible, PRP therapy offers a viable solution for improving the appearance of atrophic scars and achieving long-lasting results and patients can enjoy smoother and more rejuvenated skin.

10) The importance of a holistic approach and targeting the root cause:

The significance of adopting a holistic approach to acne scar management cannot be overstated. Combining PRP therapy with adjunctive interventions such as intravenous (IV) therapy, naturopathy, and acupuncture constitutes a comprehensive strategy aimed at optimising skin health and overall well-being. The holistic approach offers several advantages over superficial interventions and it targets the root causes of skin dysfunction and promotes sustainable and long-lasting improvements rather than transient symptom relief. Furthermore, a holistic approach not only fosters optimal outcomes for acne scar management but also promotes holistic well-being and resilience against future dermatological concerns.

To learn more, call us to book a complementary consultation with the PRP Nurse specialist at  (416) 449-6747.