Severe acne during adolescence often leads to scarring. These scars may vary widely in shape, type and color. An individualized treatment is necessary in treatment of these scars. Most acne scars can be treated successfully using one of the modalities available. Laser resurfacing is the best recommended treatment for most of these scars.

Alternative to Laser Acne Scar Removal can be Microdermabrasion, Topical creams, Chemical peel, Erbium laser resurfacing, CO2 laser resurfacing, Exfoderm Injectable fillers.

Laser Acne Scar Removal is the treatment of choice for many. The process is like sanding the surface of a damaged table so that the scars are less deep. The procedure itself takes about an hour. First, the entire face is numbed, using a topical cream. Then a beam of light removes the outermost layer of the skin. Though healing takes 10 to 12 days, a 60% to 80% improvement can usually be expected depending on the type and extent of scarring. A single treatment may not remove scars entirely if they are too deep. These deeper scars can be corrected by injections under the skin. Collagen, silicone, and one’s own fat can be used.

The procedure of Laser Acne Scar Removal can be made to men and women over the age of 18 who have no other medical complications. In most cases this is an elective procedure. It is important to have realistic expectations.

Dramatic responses are often seen in one or two treatments of Acne Scar Removal.

Laser Body Acne Skin Resurfacing is considered very safe. However, a transient pigmentation change, swelling, and discomfort in the treated area may be expected. We will be happy to tell you more about your treatment and what you can expect during your consultation.

Some patients return to work the same day after acne scar removal procedure, although some treatments such as deep laser resurfacing may involve longer recovery time. This may last up to several days.

You may experience some discomfort, similar to a transient stinging sensation, during the acne scar removal treatment. A numbing cream and application of local anesthetics may be advised by your physician to the treatment to reduce any discomfort.

Pre Acne Scar Removal Instructions

Avoid direct exposure to sunlight for 4 weeks prior to the laser skin resurfacing. Use a SPF 30 or greater sunscreen. If you have been instructed by the treating physician, use the topical cream 4–6 weeks prior to each treatment. Take oral antibiotics and antiviral medications as prescribed by your physician. Contact our office if you have any further questions or concerns.

After Acne Scar Removal Instructions

Avoid direct exposure to sunlight during the first 6 weeks following your laser treatment. An SPF 30 or greater sunscreen should be used once your skin has healed. Trauma such as scratching or picking the treated area should be avoided. Showers are permitted but gently pat the area to dry. Wash the treated area with a mild soap and apply Aquaphor Healing Ointment twice daily until the area has healed. Swimming and contact sports should be avoided until your skin has healed completely. Make up may be worn after the treatment area has healed completely. Immediately postoperatively, cooled gel packs or ice may be applied to the skin surface to reduce postoperative erythema (redness) and swelling. Any discomfort or burning at the treatment site may be relieved by taking Tylenol, or other mediations prescribed by your physician. If crusts or scabs develop, allow them to fall off on their own. Contact our office immediately if you have any questions or concerns. After Laser Acne Scar Removal avoid direct exposure to sunlight during the first 6 weeks following your laser treatment.

An SPF 30 or greater sunscreen should be used once your skin has healed. Trauma such as scratching or picking the treated area should be avoided. Showers are permitted but gently pat the area to dry. Wash the treated area with a mild soap and apply Aquaphor Healing Ointment twice daily until the area has healed. Swimming and contact sports should be avoided until your skin has healed completely. Make up may be worn after the treatment area has healed completely. Immediately postoperatively, cooled gel packs or ice may be applied to the skin surface to reduce postoperative erythema (redness) and swelling. Any discomfort or burning at the treatment site may be relieved by taking Tylenol, or other mediations prescribed by your physician. If crusts or scabs develop, allow them to fall off on their own. Contact our office immediately if you have any questions or concerns.

Testimonials

“I had tried everything, from over the counter remedies to camouflage make-up to Retin-A, to punch grafting and dermabrasions. Frankly, I had given up hope. I cried when I first touched my smooth skin after my first laser resurfacing; so did my mom. I wish you were there when I was 18.”
— Jennifer L. 32, Los Angeles CA