Men and women who had to deal with acne during their younger years don’t need to live with the scars during their adult years.
Advances in laser technology have made it possible to reduce, and in some cases remove, acne scars that formed during adolescence.
Types of laser therapy
There are several different types of laser therapy treatments that can be used to treat acne scars. The procedure that’s used is dependent on skin type, the extent of damage to the skin tissues as well as the depth of the acne scars.
All laser therapy treatments fall into one of two categories though: Ablative and Non-Ablative.
Ablative laser therapy treatments will remove the top layer as well as part of the sub-layer of the skin, while non-ablative treatments will maintain the outer layer of the skin to encourage faster recovery.
If your acne scars are relatively small and superficial, a non-invasive treatment such as IPL laser might be best. This laser treatment uses low-energy pulses of light to penetrate and heat up the skin. This heat targets the nerves, tissue and blood vessels, leaving the patient with smoother skin and a tighter complexion. This particular type of treatment will also increase collagen. Most patients will start seeing results within a few weeks and since the top layers of the skin are not damaged, no downtime is required. iPixel Erbium is a popular non-ablative laser treatment.
If your acne scars are larger and more obvious, a more aggressive laser treatment will be required. By removing the top layer of the skin, you will be left with a fresh new layer that is free of scars. CO2 Laser is the most popular ablative laser treatment.
Both ablative and non-ablative treatments are also referred to as laser skin resurfacing because they help the skin form a new surface.
You can visit www.academylaserclinics.com.au for more information on these acne scar treatments.
Choosing a skin laser therapy treatment
Even though both the iPixel and CO2 laser treatments are effective, CO2 laser is probably the better option in most cases. This is because the Erbium laser uses heat in small dots to penetrate the skin tissue. Since the entire facial surface won’t be touched, iPixel treatments require less downtime than CO2 laser but one session is almost never enough to reduce and remove acne scars. 2 to 3 appointments that are scheduled 4 weeks apart is generally required for adequate results.
CO2 Laser treatments use carbon dioxide and pulsed heat to treat the entire facial surface and remove the acne scars. Even though the treatment requires about a week of downtime for the skin to peel and heal, you usually only require 1 session to achieve the desired results.
As an adult, there really is no need for you to be reminded of your youth every time you look in the mirror. Speak to a qualified skin laser therapist about the best treatments for your skin and how they can help you achieve a smoother, brighter appearance.