How Laser Treatment can Fix Your Acne scar
Acne is a skin condition that occurs when oily substances, hair, dead skin cells, bacteria, and hair block pores of your skin. As a result, blackheads, nodules, whiteheads, black spots, and other types of pimples may appear on your skin.
Most people who have acne mostly get acne scars even after the acne has healed. If you have acne scars, worry less, there are several acne treatments options. Some involve using medication approved by a qualified dermatologist.
If you don’t like medication, then laser therapy for acne is a good alternative for you. Laser therapy aims to reduce the appearance of scars from old acne outbreaks and reduce the pain caused by these scars.
The treatment focuses light on the top layer of the scarred skin. It breaks up the scar tissue and encourages the growth of new tissues to replace the scarred tissues.
Who Can Take Laser Treatment for Acne
This procedure can be used on almost everyone. However, if you have active acne or wrinkled skin, you might not be a good candidate for laser therapy, and our dermatologist will recommend other treatment options.
How Does It Work?
Laser acne treatment works in two stages.
First, the heat of the laser beam peels off the top layer of your scar. This leaves you with smooth skin, and the scar is less noticeable.
As the scar tissue breaks apart, light and heat from the laser beam encourage the growth of new, healthy skin cells because blood flow is drawn to the area. In addition, since the laser is targeted on the blood vessels, a reduction in inflammation is also observed.
The most common lasers used for acne treatment are carbon dioxide lasers, pulsed-dye lasers, and erblum YAG lasers. Each of these lasers works in different ways and our dermatologist will recommend the most appropriate one depending on the acne scar you have.
Non-Ablative Laser Resurfacing
It uses infrared lasers to remove acne scars. The heat from this type of laser stimulates collagen production, encouraging the growth of new cells to replace damaged, scarred tissue.
Fractionated Laser Treatment
These lasers stimulate the tissue underneath your scar, removing cells that are darkly pigmented. These type of lasers works best in treating boxcar and icepick.
Ablative Laser Resurfacing
This uses an erbium YAG or carbon dioxide laser to remove the entire top layer of your skin where scarring has occurred. The redness of your skin will start to subside 3 to 10 days after you take an ablative laser treatment
Laser acne treatment mostly targets the face since it’s the one area that everyone sees. However, it is not limited to the face. It can also be used to treat other areas that might be having acne scars. These target areas include:
Risks and Side Effects
As with any other medical procedure, our dermatologist will discuss some risks and side effects with you before treatment. The side effects will vary depending on your skin type, how many treatments you will need, and the kind of laser used.
The most common side effect is redness, which may take about ten days to subside. You may also experience pain at the treatment site, but it will be gone after about an hour or two after treatment. The last side effect is swelling.
The risks of this treatment include secondary infection and hyperpigmentation. Although these conditions are often preventable and rare, it is important to talk with our dermatologist about them before commencing the treatment.
If you notice extensive swelling, fever, or pus after treatment, you will need to talk to our dermatologist about the situation.
If you have acne scars, visit us at Valley Laser & Skin and book an appointment to get laser acne treatment in Wenatchee. Our team of dermatologists is highly qualified and experienced in the use of lasers, so you will not have to worry about burns from the wrong calibration of lasers. We also have different lasers, and our dermatologist will use the one suited to the extent of scarring. So visit us today and get that skin looking smooth once again.