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 uneven healing which can result in pitted scars.
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.
These can develop into rolling, ice pick or box car.
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 Treatment Options for Acne Scars
You don’t have to live with acne scars any longer!
Thanks to advances in medicine and technology, Cosmetic Laser Solutions offers our patients safe and effective options to reduce the appearance of acne scars.
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 treatment 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 spaced 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. We offer both Morpheus8 and ScarletRF devices for acne scarring.
This treatment is by far the most popular as there is relatively no downtime. The RF energy is released deep in the skin without causing a lot of surface damage. This results in minimal recovery time.
These treatments are 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.
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. Makeup can be applied during the 3-4 day healing time!
Microneedling with advanced serums: Peptide Infusion or Exosomes or Bio-revitalization peels
Prepare your skin prior to starting other treatments. Our treatment protocol begins with Microneedling your skin with growth factor serums in order to rebuild cell structure and signals in your skin.
If your cells are pre-treated, your skin will respond better to a laser treatment, thereby enhancing the results.
As part of your treatment plan, we suggest combining several modalities in order to maximize your treatment results.
Targeting skin from both the top layers with copper peptides, exosomes and/or bio-revitalization peels prior to targeting deeper skin layers with RF Microneedling can achieve superior, faster improvement.
Exosomes are clinically proven to enhance regeneration of your skin cells. With over 2 billion stem cells, numerous growth factors, and many cytokines, exosomes help reconnect and enhance growth of new tissue.
If you have alot of discoloration from your acne, microneedling with a peptide infusion is an ideal treatment to combat smoothing the top layers of the skin and evening your skin tone.
In addition, we also recommend a lightening cream be applied in between treatments.
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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
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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!
The most difficult is ice-pick scars.
The number of sessions vary greatly depending on depth, type and age of scar. It can be as few as 2-4 for shallow scars, or 8-10 for multi-type deep scars.