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I am a 35 year old man working in the field of advertising. I suffered from acne in my teenage years and as a result, my facial skin has acne scars. Can you please suggest a variety of treatments to reduce/eliminate them? Jay, Dubai

They say beauty is only skin deep, but if you are prone to serious acne the resulting scarring can be a source of embarrassment.

Some people ignore their scars, or wear them with pride, but if you want a smoother complexion there are a variety of ways to lessen the appearance of long lasting acne scars. A dermatologist can help you weigh the risks of different treatments and help you choose one that will produce the best effects for your skin.

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THE NIMUE SKIN TECHNOLOGY OFFERS A 7.5 PERCENT TCA PEEL. This advanced rejuvenation treatment is applied to the skin for a deeper exfoliation, resulting in a radiant, smoother texture and lightening of hyperpigmentation. The TCA solution facilitates deep exfoliation of the stratum corneum cells, enhancing more effective penetration of the alpha hydroxy acids and other active ingredients. This treatment is indicated for environmentally damaged skin, hyperpigmentation and is specifically suitable for problematic skin.

The recommended treatment protocol is a course of six sessions or as part of the acne treatment recommended by the therapist. Approximate cost per session is Dhs 550-650.

Another treatment option for skin resurfacing is the INNO PEEL SKIN RECOVERY TREATMENT, whose product composition works at rearranging dermic elastic fibres causing their retraction, aiding in skin structure recovery. The Inno Peel Skin Recovery acts by softening contours, improving skin texture, tone and quality in general. During treatment exfoliation occurs at epidermic level by regenerating skin layers and decongesting the pores. This decongestive action reduces sebum secretion improving the aspect of oily skin. The treatment results include decrease in pigmentation, smoothing of acne scars, regulation of sebum secretion in oily skin types along with skin rejuvenation and repair.

The recommended treatment protocol is four to five sessions depending upon the physicians advice and approximate cost per session is Dhs 350-500.

THE PIXEL CO2 LASER SYSTEM BY ALMA LASERS is a high energy CO2 laser offering great clinical results using the ipixel CO2 ablative technology. It offers reduced patient downtime and unparalleled patient safety. The Pixel CO2 provides ablative efficacy, correcting and removing acne scars, remodeling skin texture, architecture and appearance. The system’s anti-ageing fractionated technology treats moderate to severe acne scarring, hypotropic and traumatic scarring and melasma. It also smoothes fine lines and rhytids, clears pigmented lesions and photo damaged skin along with improving the appearance of pores.

The recommended treatment protocol is 2-3 sessions and approximate cost per session is Dhs 2000.

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