Acne scars can be quite the nightmare, given that they tend to stay put for years. It is almost like a double punishment, first the pimples and then the acne scars. Acne can be classified into three types, mild, moderate and severe. The scars left by the various types of acne also differ in severity. Laser skin treatment is a great option to minimize or even completely get rid of acne scars.
Laser Acne Scar Treatments
Laser treatment is an excellent alternative to surgical solutions to treat acne scars. Not only is it easy and quick, you can resume your daily work in no time. The various types of laser skin treatments for acne are:
1. Laser Resurfacing – This removes the top damaged layer of the skin by sending high-energy laser beams. The damaged skin layer is wiped off after the treatment. New skin grows and replaces the damaged areas removed by the laser. Laser resurfacing is done under local anaesthesia. It only targets the affected area, without damaging the nearby tissues. CO2 and erbium laser resurfacing are common methods to treat acne scars.
2. Dermabrasion - This laser skin treatment removes the top layer of the skin by using a rotating wire brush or spinning diamond instrument that allows the skin to bleed. A freezing spray or a coolant may be used before the treatment. Local anaesthesia is administered before the treatment, although general anaesthesia might be recommended for full-face dermabrasion. Recovery and appearance of the new skin depends on the area affected and the depth of the scar treated. The new skin appears pink in colour to start with and changes to its natural colour within a few weeks.
3. Fractional Laser Therapy – Unlike resurfacing and dermabrasion, this form of therapy does not remove or damage the top layer of the skin. It is a non-invasive method, in which the laser beam penetrates into the skin and targets a fraction of the area at a time. Healing time is shorter and you may just look sunburned for a day post fractional therapy.
4. Pixilation – This is used to target specific scarred areas with the help of pin-sized laser points.
Each method has its own advantage. Consult your doctor to find the best fit for yourself. Something that worked great for your friend might not be the best option for you. Also, keep in mind the risks and possible complications of laser skin treatment. Acne scars can only be treated after complete disappearance of acne.