Can acne scar treatments be combined in the same session?
I am a 28 years old guy, and I have severe acne scars (all types). I am considering TCA Cross, Subcision and Intracel RF to treat my scars. Can acne scar treatments be combined in the same treatment session? Or would it be better to do each type of acne scar treatment separately and on different days, spaced out over a period of time? My considerations are that I am keen for the most amount of improvement in the shortest time, but without being overly "harsh" on my skin.
You must be very bothered by your scars, and it is great that you are actively thinking about improving them. I am sure a lot of readers have similar problems and they are also wondering if combination treatment can be done in 1 session, so thank you for posting this important question.
Treatment of acne scars depends on the type: macular, atrophic (boxcar, rolling or ice pick scars) or hypertrophic scars so it would be best if an experienced dermatologist can assess the nature of your scars in order to advise the most appropriate treatment.
Focusing on TCA Cross, Subcision and Intracel RF that you mentioned, it is possible to combine Subcision for deep fibrosed scars and TCA Cross in the same visit. It is also possible to combine Subcision and Intracel RF in 1 visit. However I will not recommend a combination of all 3 treatments on the same area in 1 visit. TCA Cross treatment can be harsh and produce redness and soreness on the treated area, so performing RF on the same area right after TCA may increase the risk of complications.
The above treatments you mentioned aim to increase collagen production and improve scar appearance. There are also other effective scar treatments for your consideration, such as targeted filler injections, fractional carbon dioxide laser treatment and picosecond fractional laser.
Visiting an experienced dermatologist for a proper assessment is important. All the best!
Dr Ker Khor Jia