Injuries to the skin or episodes of acne can leave permanent impressions on the skin. Acne, keloid and hypertrophic scars are common and generally undesirable. Scarring can stand out for all the wrong reasons, greatly impacting our self-esteem and confidence.

Visible Effects

Acne scars can affect both skin tone and skin texture as pitted, depressed or lumpy marks and from post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. Hypertrophic and keloid scars are flesh-tone or pinkish, raised and enlarged growths which result from a wound to the skin in some individuals. In particular, keloid scarring conditions can result in disfiguring skin abnormalities which cause discomfort and embarrassment.

Underlying Causes

It is not known why keloid scars develop. It may be familial and is more common on the chest and back. Also, it is more common in some ethnic groups. Certain individuals are prone to keloid scars following even a minor injury to the skin. Acne scars arise due to the skin’s natural wound healing response, whereby collagen is laid down along with pigmented cells at the site of infection.


As a centre for advanced skincare, aesthetic dermatology and facial cosmetic surgery, Cutis can safely and effectively treat a variety of scars. A professional consultation with a Cutis skin care professional can determine whether hypertrophic or keloid scar revision is appropriate or establish a customized treatment plan to improve the appearance of acne or other scarring. The Fraxel® re:pair and Fraxel® re:store DUAL lasers offer improvements to scarring-related skin tone and texture. Steroid injections or Cryoshape probe may be required. Scar revision surgery may involve specialized excision or surgical scar revision. Kelocote topical gel or spray may also help. To help fade brown areas in scars, Halo™ Hybrid Fractional Laser, Fraxel laser, IPL, chemical peels , microdermabrasion, or Sequin may be needed. Cutis will tailor a plan to best suit your needs and lifestyle. Schedule a professional consultation to address scarring today. Contact us for further information.

DISCLAIMER: Individual outcomes, results and number of treatments recommended may vary based on individual patient needs, medical history, and circumstances. Cutis Cosmetic & Laser Centre cannot guarantee exact or permanent results or cures.