Acne scars can be a terrible burden to carry, and up to 95% of individuals experience some sort of residual scarring from acne. Thankfully, those suffering acne scars no longer have to accept their scars for the rest of their life. These days, cosmetic clinics can now successfully erase acne scars with laser technology.
So what makes the ideal candidate for acne scar removal through laser treatment? The best candidates for this treatment are those without any active acne, as well as those with smooth and fair skin. Individuals with extremely wrinkled or darker skin with active acne cannot expect successful acne scar laser treatment.
Laser treatment is the preferred solution these days for successful acne scar removal, due to the painless treatments and impressive results. Also known as laser resurfacing, laser scar removal treatment utilizes laser technology to focus light on the exposed layers of the skin.
The focused light causes the scar tissue to break up, while simultaneously encouraging the body to grow healthy skin cells to replace the broken scar tissue.
Patients with cases of acne scarring can expect significant results from laser skin resurfacing procedures, with the appearance of the scars becoming significantly diminished. While mild acne scars may disappear entirely, excessive acne scars may remain but with a less obvious appearance.
Being a good candidate for laser scar removal depends on a number of factors. These include:
Most lasers used for the acne scarring treatment are pulsed-dye lasers, carbon dioxide (CO2) lasers, and erbium YAG lasers. These different lasers achieve similar results with different methods, and the type of laser used in your procedure depends on your scarring. The different methods of laser resurfacing include:
Most scar treatment laser procedures are intended for acne scarring skin conditions on the face, but this procedure can also be performed on other parts of the body. Potential targeted areas for laser scar treatment include:
Like with any procedure, there are some possible risks and side effects as a result of treating acne scar conditions with lasers. Your side effects will depend on a number of factors, including the type of laser used in the procedure, the number of treatments required (determined by the severity of your condition), and your specific skin type.
Common side effects include redness, swelling, and slight pain at the treated area. While pain may just last 1-2 hours at most, redness and slight swelling can continue for up to 10 days after the treatment.
Other risks of these procedures include infection and hyperpigmentation, although these are mostly preventable and rely on the expertise and skill of your doctor.
Are you a good candidate for laser treatment for your acne scars? Let our team at Ethos Spa decide and see how we can help. We have treated countless patients with our world-class laser equipment, and we can help make your acne scars a thing of the past.
Book your free consultation today to learn more.