Am I a Good Candidate for Laser Acne Scar Removal?

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Am I a Good Candidate for Laser Acne Scar Removal?

Acne can leave behind scars that last a lifetime. Laser scar removal is the most effective technology that can provide drastic improvement. The type of laser treatment will depend on the type/depth of the acne scarring as well as the patient’s expectations.

What Is Laser Acne Scar Removal?

  • Non-ablative: Non-ablative  laser acne scar removal is a skin resurfacing treatment using a non-invasive laser that smooths and softens superficial scars, while producing minimum to no downtime (LaseMD, Laser Genesis).
  • Ablative: Ablative ( minimally to mildly invasive) laser acne scar removal resurfaces the skin in fractionated columns-like pattern, while preserving the surrounding tissue; it is those microscopic wounds which, once healed, plump up and stimulate collagen from within, ultimately providing more drastic acne scar improvement (Pearl Fractional).

How Does Laser Acne Scar Removal Work?

First, an anesthetic cream may be applied to the face about 30 minutes before the procedure. Skin is then exposed to the laser in a pattern of tiny dots. Laser pulses place tiny openings in the skin, while columns of damaged tissue are removed. Afterwards, the body’s natural healing creates new healthy collagen fibers, essentially filling in the acne scarring. Healthy tissue is not affected by the lasers.

Who Is a Good Candidate for Laser Acne Scar Removal?

You are a good candidate for laser acne scar removal when:

  • You want to remove acne scars.
  • You no longer have active acne.
  • You want a non-surgical method for removing acne scars.
  • You haven’t used the drug Accutane in the last six months.
  • You have reasonable expectations.

What to Expect During and After the Procedure

LaseMD uses non-ablative, fractional laser energy to create micro-channels within skin, which stimulates your body’s natural production of collagen and elastin. The LaseMD laser treatment can last up to 30 minutes.Afterwards, you may experience some mild discomfort that feels like a sunburn. Downtime lasts for about two to three days.

The Pearl Fractional ablative laser treatment is more aggressive. The laser energy is absorbed by the skin as heat, passing deeper into the dermal tissues. Heat stimulates your body’s natural healing process and triggers the growth of newer, healthier skin and collagen proteins. Downtime can last about seven days.

Once your skin recovers, you’ll see noticeable improvement in acne scarring because there is ongoing stimulation of the underlying collagen fibers. Acne scars will continue to diminish for up to six months.

After laser scar removal treatment is complete, it’s important protect your skin, especially during peak daylight hours. Use sunscreen for skin protection. You don't want to get a sunburn when your skin is already sensitive. Specific aftercare instructions for proper home care will be provided to you.

The Advantages of Using Laser Acne Scar Removal

Undergoing a laser acne scar removal has many advantages including:

  • It’s a proven method for diminishing acne scars.
  • It’s less painful and more effective than conventional surgical methods.
  • It’s a quick and easy method.
  • It provides immediate results.
  • There is minimal downtime.
  • The greatest benefit is that you’ll have increased self-confidence. Once the appearance of your acne scars improves, you’ll feel better about the way you look.

You don’t have to suffer the embarrassment and loss of self-confidence from acne scarring. If you’re ready to have your acne scarring treated, contact Troy Laser Center. We are a state-of-the-art cosmetic services clinic offering the latest, non-invasive acne scar treatments designed to enhance your natural beauty with minimal downtime. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.

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