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

There are many classifications of scars. Acne scars can affect both skin tone and skin texture. They can appear as pitted, depressed or lumpy and can be discolored from post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. Hypertrophic and keloid scars are flesh-tone or pinkish, and are raised or enlarged growths, which result from a wound to the skin. In particular, keloid scarring can result in disfiguring the skin and can cause discomfort and embarrassment.

Underlying Causes

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 for Keloid scars, it is not known why keloid scars develop in some people and not in others. It may be familial. They are more common on the chest and back and in some ethnic groups. Certain individuals are prone to keloid scars following even a minor injury to the skin.


As a centre for advanced skincare, aesthetic dermatology and facial cosmetic surgery, Cutis can safely and effectively treat a variety of scars. A consultation with one of Cutis' skin care professionals 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, Fraxel® re:store DUAL, Halo™ Pro Hybrid Fractional lasers or Helium Plasma Resurfacing will improve overall skin tone and texture where Steroid injections or Cryoshape probe will help reduce keloid or hypertrophic scars. For deep pitted scars surgery may be involved such as a punch excision. Stratamed or Strataderm silicone ointments may also help. To help fade brown areas in scars, Halo™ Hybrid Fractional Laser, Fraxel laser, BBL (broad band light), chemical peels or SkinCeutical's specialized skin care will definitely help. Cutis will tailor a plan to best suit your needs and lifestyle. Schedule a consultation to address your 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.