The problems of our youth can sometimes haunt us, especially when it comes to unsightly acne scars. These marks often arise when pimples are picked, popped, or scratched, leaving depressed scars or dark spots. Cystic acne can sometimes leave intense hyperpigmentation which can last for months or years.  All of this results in less-than-spectacular skin that can affect the confidence of anyone dealing with scarring. If you’re tired of covering up, laser treatment for acne scars may be the answer you’re searching for.

How It Works

Laser treatment for acne scars works by pulsing intense light into the skin, layer by layer. In doing so, it encourages the production of collagen and prompts cells to begin regenerating. The body’s natural healing process sloughs off the damaged tissue, revealing fresh skin underneath. It’s like resurfacing the damaged parts of your skin!

Types of Laser Treatments

One option for laser treatment for acne scars are Intense Pulsed Lasers or IPL.  These lasers emit short bursts of light that destroy, or vaporize, the dark spots left by acne lesions (post inflammatory hyperpigmentation) so skin texture looks improved.  IPL lasers are also effective at treating wrinkles, age spots, and skin discoloration. The areas that were vaporized will be rejuvenated with fresh, healthy skin.

Fractional lasers work by creating very small zones on the skin, often called “micro thermal” zones. These multiple, small areas of trauma promote healing throughout the full thickness of skin. The benefit is a full thickness rejuvenation produced by inducing new collagen, elastin, and dermal matrix protection as well as epidermal resurfacing.  Since only 20% of the skin surface is injured at one treatment there is minimal down time and faster healing. Because only 20% of the skin is affected at one treatment, multiple treatments are required.  This is the best treatment for depressed acne scars.

You may receive a topical anesthetic that reduces discomfort during the procedure. Most people experience a “pins and needles” or “sunburn” sensation that is relatively mild. Cosmeceutical skin care products will help with post procedure recovery.

Are you ready to put your best face forward? The Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Institute has the treatments and service options that can help you do just that. Leave behind the dullness, discoloration, and discomfort that comes from acne scarring for a fresh new look that will renew your life!