Acne Scar Treatment – Adelaide

Acne Scar Treatment – Adelaide

We all want to look and feel our best, both inside and out, each and every day. But for those who have suffered acne throughout their life and still show their physical scars, that can be easier said than done. While it’s most prominent in adolescence, acne scarring can actually affect skin at any age. Scarring can affect not just a person’s physical appearance but also their self-confidence.

However, it is possible to reduce and even eliminate the appearance of scarring from your face. We offer a number of acne scar treatments to patients in Adelaide. Our range of procedures is proven to effectively treat and reduce all grades of scarring and provide long-lasting and targeted results; helping you to restore your appearance and improve your confidence. All of our acne scar removal procedures are performed by Dr Rahma Targett. 

Dr R.Targett

"Trust Your Face to a Doctor Trained in Dermatology and Cosmetic Medicine"


Dr Targett is qualified in Primary Care Dermatology with a special interest in Skin Cancer and Cosmetic Medicine.

She is a natural results advocate. She has the "artistic eye of a sculptor " and a genuine love for all her clients.

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What are scars and how do they form?

Acne scarring typically occurs when a person suffers from severe acne symptoms and leaves them untreated for a prolonged period of time. Scars also forms from constantly picking at or squeezing acne.

Scarring results from a deeep injury. When inflammation, infection or trauma affects the deeper layers of the skin, a scar tissue formation occurs.  A procedure such as laser scar removal treatment becomes the best option to minimise scarring.

Scarring comes in many different shapes, sizes and even colours. There are five different types of acne scars:

  1. Rolling: Indented, superficial, wave-like scars
  2. Keloid: Raised scars that extend beyond the original wound
  3. Boxcar: Deeply indented, round pitted scars
  4. Ice-pick: Deeply indented, narrow pitted scars
  5. Pigmentation: Discoloration of a scar is referred to as post inflammatory hyperpigmentation but is not a true scar

It should be noted that not all scarring is the same and are awarded different levels of severity. Scarring may be graded as:

  • Grade 1: Slightly visible inconsistencies in the complexion.
  • Grade 2: Visible mild rolling scars.
  • Grade 3: Visible moderate rolling, boxcar and hypertrophic scars.
  • Grade 4: Visible severe icepick or keloid scarring.

Dr Rahma Targett will  diagnose the type and grade of your scarring before prescribing the best treatment option.

Options for acne scar treatment

If you are seeking the best treatment for acne scars there are numerous options available, however, level of success can vary from person to person. It is important to remember that receiving poor treatment can lead to further complications, so always consult with experienced, reliable professionals like the Advanced Cosmetic Medicine team in North Adelaide. In addition to laser scar treatment, options for reducing the effects include:

Chemical Peels - Acne Scar Treatment

We offer varying degrees of Chemical Peels, from superficial to medium depth. Chemical Peels can assist in managing mild to medium scarring, with a series of sessions required to achieve optimum results. The appropriate chemical peel can soften and smooth scarring all while stimulating cellular renewal for a refreshed and re-texturised complexion.

Skin Needling - Acne Scar Treatment

Skin Needling is a highly recommended as the best acne scar treatment. ACM offers a variety of options that are specifically designed to target particular types of acne and the depths of scarring. Skin Needling produces micro channels that rejuvenate the skin and that can break up existing scar tissue of any grade. These channels encourage the generation and distribution of new collagen. New collagen helps build healthy, thicker, and firmer skin around the affected areas. This significantly reduces the depth and appearance of scarring and provides a far more smoother and even skin surface.

Side effects of the needling process are typically minimal and can include swelling, peeling and mild bruising after the treatment. The risk of post-procedure infection is highly unlikely as the micro channels will typically close within minutes.

Microdermabrasion – Acne Scar Treatment

This scar removal treatment is perfect for mild scarring, but can also be used for all grades. Microdermabrasion is an effective method for helping reduce the appearance of dark brown and red marks left by acne.  Microdermabrasion can also be used to enhance the effectiveness of Skin Needling. Microdermabrasion also assists in the removal of dirt and debris that causes congestion, which can lead to scarring.

The non-invasive procedure is highly popular. Side effects of microdermabrasion can include minor skin flaking and mild to moderate redness. Some people might experience breakouts after treatment but that’s not common.

Laser Genesis – Acne Scar Treatment

Laser Genesis delivers micro-pulses of laser energy to your skin. The main mechanism behind laser genesis involves “bulk heating,” which warms the dermis (deeper layer of the skin) without damaging the epidermis (the superficial layer of the skin that protects you from all the harmful pollutants in the environment); because the epidermis is spared, you will not suffer from extended recovery (compared to other harsh lasers)

The procedure helps activate collagen remodeling, and it even improves the appearance of facial redness and brown spots. Anecdotally, we have seen patients note improvement in acne due to a decrease in oil production and pore size, and a significant improvement in acne scarring (via the collagen stimulation).

Dermal Fillers – Acne Scar Treatment

Dermal Fillers show great results and improves the appearance of acne scars by lifting the depressed scars. Their effect is temporary.  However, the results can last from between a few months to a year.

Subcision – Acne Scar Treatment

Subcision involves using a needle to penetrate the skin and break the scar bands which anchor the scar down.  It is a useful technique for sunken acne scars (boxcar acne scars and rolling acne scars).

Price of 

Medical Consultation$130
Factor 4 Skin Needling (per 15 min treatment)$550
Excel V Laser Scar Treatment (per 15 minutes)$350
Subcision Acne Scars (per session)$650

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Advanced Cosmetic Medicine

Unit 58/41-47 Melbourne St

North Adelaide

SA. 5006

Ph: 0403 690 031


Opening Times

Monday10:30am to 5:00pm
Tuesday10:30am to 6:00pm
Wednesday10:30am to 6.00pm
Thursday10:30pm to 6:00pm
Friday9:30am to 5:00pm
Saturday9:00am to 2:00pm


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