How The treatment Works
It’s bad enough to get acne but its even worse to develop scars. When acne breakouts penetrate the skin deeply, they damage the skin and the tissue beneath it. As the acne clears, the body tries to repair this damage but a break down in the cellular structure causes an uneven healing result.
What causes Acne Scars?
Acne scars are usually the result of inflamed blemishes caused by skin pores engorged with excess oil, dead skin cells and bacteria. The pore swells, causing a break in the follicle wall. Shallow lesions are usually minor and heal quickly
People with inflammatory (swollen, reddish, and painful) acne, such as acne cysts and nodules, are more prone to having acne scars – particularly when treatment is delayed or skipped entirely. Be sure to not pick, squeeze, or pop acne either, as it will increase inflammation and the risk of scarring. Additionally, those who have relatives with acne scars have a higher risk of developing their own.
Even when we do our best to prevent acne scars, some people will still scar. There are many treatment options, which can significantly diminish all types of acne scars.
Types of Acne Scars
During the healing process, the body produces collagen — a substance that gives the skin support. If the body produces too little or too much collagen, you will see a scar. There are two main types of acne scars: depressed scars and raised scars.
Depressed Acne Scars
If the body produces too little collagen, depressions or pits form as the skin heals. Often time, depressed scars and dark spots develop as acne clears.
Raised Acne Scars
Sometimes the body produces too much collagen as it tries to heal the skin and underlying tissue. When this happens, a person develops a raised acne scar. This type of acne scar is more common in people of color.
3 Best Treatments
You don’t have to live with acne scars any longer! Thanks to advances in medicine and technology, Cosmetic Laser Solutions offers our patients 3 choices for safe and effective.
All these treatments are effective. They can smooth out and diminish acne scars as well as even out brownish skin discoloration. The dividing factor is how much down time your lifestyle will allow.
Fractional CO2 Laser Treatment For Acne Scars
Fractional CO2 laser resurfacing is the premium treatment for acne scars to achieve maximum results with the shortest number of treatments.
Fractional CO2 penetrates deeper into the layers of the skin to stimulate collagen production. The collagen production “plumps up” the depression from the acne scar thereby diminishing its appearance and improving any skin discoloration. This is the “gold” standard for improving saucer like scars.
Achieving best results will require 5-7 days of healing time and may need 1-3 sessions to achieve desired outcome. Typically, sessions are 90 days apart.
This treatment is safe for fair to medium complexion.
RF Microneedling for Acne Scars
Radio-frequency Microneedling is the newest technology for treating acne scars. After much research, we chose the Scarlet Laser as Best in Class. This device places laser energy deep into the skin without causing a lot of surface damage and down time. With the special “NA Effect,” it delivers more energy directly to to tissue and is safe and effective for all skin types. This is an ideal solution for medium to deep acne scars.
3 sessions, once is month is recommended.
eTwo Sublative Rejuvenation
This is best for mild scars. By placing fractional bi-polar radio-frequency (RF) directly into the dermis, eTwo Sublative stimulates the production of collagen, regenerating a more youthful complexion for acne scarring.
If you require minimal healing time and your scars are mild to moderate, this is our favorite device for acne scarring. Makeup can be applied during the 3-4 day healing time!
4-6 sessions spaced 4-6 weeks apart is ideal. Number of treatments vary depending on depth of scars/visible improvement.
This treatment is safe for all skin types.
Microneedling with Peptide Infusion
If you have alot of discoloration from your acne, microneedling with apeptide infusion is an ideal treatment to combat smoothing the top layers of the skin and evening your skin tone.
We also recommend a lightening cream be applied in between treatments.
Schedule a Consultation
Acne scars can be just as bad as acne itself, and detrimental to your self-confidence. In order to get your confidence back, fill out our online form or book an appointment with Cosmetic Laser Solutions MedSpa today!
Frequently Asked Questions about Acne Scars
If you’re unsure what the best treatment method is, schedule a consultation today and speak to our experienced staff. They’ll be happy to help you determine the most appropriate laser for your circumstance!