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Can Laser Skin Resurfacing Help Acne Scars?

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Laser skin resurfacing is a common cosmetic procedure that helps to rejuvenate the skin, minimize the effects of aging, sun, and a variety of skin disorders (like discoloured areas of skin on the face), and improve your skin’s clarity and overall texture. The treatment is also known as laser peel because damaged skin layers are peeled away, or alternatively laser skin rejuvenation due to its anti-aging benefits.

Fixing Acne Scars

The procedure is generally safe, convenient, effective, and painless, which makes it the preferred treatment for getting rid of fine lines, wrinkles, and scars, including acne scars.

Laser skin resurfacing for acne scars

There is no quick fix for acne scars, though there are several laser resurfacing techniques that can effectively minimize and diminish them. The process generally involves the use of a laser to dissolve the molecular bonds of damages skin cells until you achieve a smoother and more uniform skin appearance.

Common procedures for addressing acne scars include:

  • Fractional laser – Safe for most skin types, and usually requires 2-3 treatments depending on how severe your scarring is. It is quite affordable, and only has 2-5 days down time.
  • The traditional CO2 laser with 7-9 days downtime is effective for regular, boxcar acne scars; or the fractionated CO2 laser with 2-3 days downtime, which requires 2-3 treatments.
  • Combination of punch elevation and suturing for large, deep boxcar scars.
  • Micro Laser Peel and ProFractional combination can require 1 or more treatments, depending on the depth of the scars. Downtime varies as well, from 3 to 7 days.
  • Combination of subcision and sculptra injection for rolling scars.
  • Application of a permanent filler.

Most cases usually require a combination of these modalities.

Are you an ideal candidate for Laser skin resurfacing?

The treatment is mostly recommended to patients with wrinkles, lines, uneven pigmentation, or other types of superficial facial scars that do not respond to milder treatments, including (you guessed it) acne scars.

It is better if you don’t have any medical or health conditions that may cause undue risk during the treatment or recovery period, like a disorder of the immune system.

Laser skin resurfacing is considered a surgical procedure (though it does not involve any surgical incisions) because the healing process can be somewhat taxing. Before you start any treatment for acne scarring, it’s important that you consult a dermatologist or laser surgeon and educate yourself on both the merits and limitations of the procedure.

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