Acne is a skin condition that affects up to 80% of people in their teens and twenties, and up to 5% of older adults. While many people recover from acne without any permanent effects, some people are left with disfiguring acne scars. There are some topical skin care products and medications that can improve mild scarring, but most acne scars are treated with a combination of surgical procedures and skin resurfacing.
A combination of laser resurfacing and other modalities may help in treatment for acne and acne related scars. Since acne scars are of various sizes and shapes, treatment must be individualized. Elevated scars can be treated by flattening or leveling. Shallow scars can be blended with surrounding tissue with laser.
Before Laser Acne Scar Removal
Laser acne scar removal treatments are now a safe and effective way to permanently remove unwanted acne scars. The process of laser acne scar removal treatment is very simple and if followed correctly can help maximize results for patients with the removal of their unwanted acne scars.
Before laser acne scar removal treatments the doctor will go over the process as well as prescribe any medication that might be necessary for the treatment.
Before the actual laser acne scar removal treatment the patient have to apply a topical cream to help numb the areas being treatment. This topical cream gives the patient the most comfort as possible during the treatment. The patient will be given protective eyewear before the laser acne scar removal treatment begins to help shield their eyes from the light of the laser.
For patients with lighter skin, the Total Fx system is used, while patients with darker skin respond best to Profractional laser resurfacing for acne scar removal. This world advanced system combined Deep Fx and Active Fx to give patients the best results with the removal of their unwanted acne scars. The Deep Fx is used to penetrate deep into the dermis to eliminate any damaged tissue while the Active FX is used to cover the rest of the areas.
After Laser Acne Scar Removal
After the patient received their laser acne scar removal treatment it is best to take some time to rest. To help heal the skin the patient needs to stay out of direct sunlight for those days as well as follow post procedure instructions. By following the post instructions explicitly the patient can expect maximum results from their laser acne scar removal treatment.
Procedure For Laser Acne Scar Removal
The first modality is called “undermining and subscision”. Here the thick tissue that holds the scar down is broken with a special instrument, thereby releasing the scar and allowing it to raise up. With repeated treatment, the body then forms its own Collagen, and fills in the scar from the base. With this combined approach the percentage of improvement remarkably increases.
The second modality is called “punch excision and grafting”. In this case the individual scar is cut out and closed with suture or graft is taken from behind the ear.
The third modality is “fat transfer”. If the acne is extremely severe, often the fat below the skin is lost during the scarring process. So fat from another part of the body is transferred to the face.
A fourth modality is for depressed scars. This is called “soft tissue augmentation”. All the above treatments are followed by Laser Resurfacing.