Laser Acne Scar Treatment

How to Revitalize Your Skin Using Laser Acne Scar Treatment

Aug 01, 2020

Acne scars on your body or face, irrespective of how you get them, can severely affect your self-confidence. No one wants to look at their face or skin marred by scars. Feeling comfortable and happy with your skin is a huge confidence booster.

Most people have come to accept their acne scars and have opted to cover them with thick makeup. Fortunately, there is laser acne scar treatment in Glendale, CA, which can be used in any skin type.

Laser acne scar removal has come a long way, and now you do not need to undergo surgery to get your scars removed.

Laser Acne Scar Treatment Overview

Ideally, laser acne scar treatment aims to reduce the appearance of scars that came about due to old acne outbreaks. Almost over 95% of the people who have acne usually have some residual scarring.

It is a simple procedure that uses laser light to break down the scar tissue and aid in promoting the growth of healthy tissue. There is no recovery time needed. It can also be used to remove surgical scars on the face and the rest of the body.

Regardless of your skin color, you can reap the benefits of laser scar removal. During your initial visit, our dermatologist in Glendale, CA, will ascertain whether you are a good candidate for laser acne scar treatment.

How It Works

Acne comes about when your skin pores get engorged with dead skin cells, excess oil, and bacteria. At times, the pore can swell and break the follicle wall leading to lesions. You can get temporary lesions, which heal faster or the infected material can spill over onto the surrounding skin causing deeper lesions.

Your skin will try to repair the damage by forming new collagen fibers, but they are never as smooth as your original skin. This is when your skin has a different texture or color, and you get acne scars.

So, the heat from the laser works by removing the upper layer of your skin where scarring has happened. As the upper layer of your skin peels off, the skin appears smoother, and the scar becomes less noticeable.

As the scar tissue is broken down, the light and heat from the laser encourage new skin growth. The heat improves blood circulation in that area, and inflammation is reduced due to the focused heat on the scar.

Types of Laser Treatments

There are different kinds of lasers that our dermatologist uses to treat acne scars such as YAG lasers, pulsed-dye lasers, and carbon dioxide lasers. Each device functions differently to target the specific type of scars that you might have.

Here are the types of laser treatments:

  • Ablative Laser Resurfacing

In this type of laser treatment, carbon dioxide laser or erbium YAG laser is used. In ablative laser treatment, the entire layer of your skin that has scarring is removed. It might take roughly three to ten days for the redness caused by ablative laser treatment to subside.

  • Non-ablative Laser Resurfacing

This kind of laser treatment uses infrared lasers, which use the heat to stimulate collagen production and promote new cell growth to replace scarred tissue.

  • Fractionated Laser Treatment

Fraxel (fractionated lasers) aims to stimulate the tissue that lies beneath the scar to remove the dark pigmented cells.

Most of the time, people come to get laser treatment that targets the face. But the treatment can also be targeted in areas like:

  • Back
  • Upper torso
  • Arms
  • Neck
  • Face

How to Prepare for Treatment

Some lifestyle changes will be necessary for you to be eligible for laser treatment. Preparation may include:

  • No blood-thinning supplements for about two weeks before the procedure
  • No smoking for two weeks before your treatment
  • No skincare products that contain retinol for two weeks before the treatment

Depending on your situation, you might need to seize using acne treatment medications before your treatment.

What to Expect After the Treatment

First, you need to have realistic expectations of the treatment. However, significant changes will be seen after a series of treatments. After the treatment, you will need to be extra vigilant since your skin will be more susceptible to damage from the sun, so you need to apply sunscreen while leaving the house.

Also, avoid tanning since it can cause damage to your skin. Give your skin at least eight weeks to ensure proper healing.

In case you have more questions concerning laser acne scar removal, you can contact our professionals at Marta Recansen’s Medispa in Glendale.

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