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Laser Treatment for Acne Scars: Is it actually effective?
Acne is a common skin condition that can affect people of all ages, and it can cause unsightly blemishes and long-lasting scars that can be difficult to treat. Fortunately, laser treatment for acne scars is one of the most effective procedures available. Acne scar laser treatment works by stimulating the body’s natural healing processes to reduce the appearance of acne scars and improve skin texture and tone.
Laser Skin & Surgery Center of New York is a renowned dermatology practice with board-certified dermatologists uniquely trained in lasers and energy technology. Our experts target acne scars with precision for effective outcomes.
Can laser treatment help lighten my acne scars?
Yes, laser acne scar removal can help to lighten the appearance of acne scars. By targeting damaged skin cells and stimulating the body’s natural healing processes, laser treatments can reduce the visibility of scars and improve the overall texture and tone of the skin. Laser treatment for acne scars increases collagen and elastin production, allowing the skin to heal more quickly and reduce the appearance of acne scars.
Laser treatments are also effective in reducing inflammation and redness caused by acne. The results of laser treatment for acne scars depend on individual skin type and the extent of scarring, but initial improvements can typically be seen after one session.
Is it possible to completely get rid of acne scars with laser treatments?
While it is possible to significantly reduce the appearance of acne scars with laser treatments, it is not always possible to completely get rid of scars. Laser treatments will improve the texture and tone of the skin, but severe scars may need additional treatments. The number of treatments needed and the results achieved depend on the type and severity of the scarring and the individual’s skin type.
It is important to consult with a qualified dermatologist to determine the best course of treatment for your particular needs. During your consultation, your expert dermatologist will determine the appropriate laser and treatment plan with an estimate of how many treatment sessions you may need for desired results.
Types of Laser Treatments for Acne Scars
There are two main types of laser treatments for acne scars: ablative and non-ablative fractional resurfacing lasers.
- Ablative lasers remove the outer layers of the skin, allowing new skin to replace the damaged layers. This technique can reduce the appearance of acne scars by smoothing the skin’s texture and reducing discoloration.
- Non-ablative lasers use light energy to heat the skin and stimulate collagen production, improving the skin’s texture without damaging the skin’s surface.
Here are some of the best lasers for acne scars:
Fraxel and fractional lasers: These lasers boost collagen production and support the dermal structure by creating micro-channels in the skin. Fractional lasers send laser energy deep into the skin without damaging surrounding tissue to help spur healthy cell regeneration and improve acne scarring. Fractional laser resurfacing provides long-lasting and dramatic results by combining fractional and ablative processes.
Treatments are performed with a topical anesthetic for a comfortable experience. Some patients may feel prickles or a warm sensation that can be counteracted with integrated cooling technology.
Patients can expect 1-7 days of downtime and complete results within a few months.
Fraxel and fractional lasers are safe and effective when performed by a board-certified dermatologist. They require precision placement and expert techniques for optimal results. Fractional lasers for acne scar removal include:
- Fraxel Re:store Dual®
- Fraxel Re:pair®
- Clear + Brilliant®
- Clear + Brilliant Perméa®
- Radiofrequency: Radiofrequency energy (RF) can be delivered through micro-channels to spur collagen production and effectively reduce acne scarring. Results are visible within a few months and can last for a year or more. A popular RF laser for acne scar removal is the Genius RF Microneedling device.
Schedule your acne laser treatment in New York
Laser Skin & Surgery Center of New York is a prestigious dermatology practice that offers comprehensive treatments for skin rejuvenation, including laser treatments for acne scars. Our renowned center has more than 100 lasers and devices to treat most skin conditions and concerns. With expert care and custom treatment plans, we focus on natural and beautiful results. Our New York practice has an in-house research center to study the latest medications and devices to provide our patients with the safest and most effective treatments. Contact us to schedule a consultation and learn more about laser treatments for acne scars.
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