Can laser treatment get rid of deep acne scars?
I have deep acne scars on my face and around the neck. I have tried different treatments and lotions to get rid of acne scars and pigmentation. Finally, I thought to take the laser treatment for acne which helps to reduce the different skin imperfections. Is it good to take this laser treatment (non-surgical treatment) for skin disorders?
This is a difficult question to answer without evaluating you in person or at least seeing a photo. I find that most patients tend to have a range of scar types, all responding to treatments in different ways. This means a tailored treatment plan that involves a combination of methods will almost always provide better results than relying on a single solution.
Your surgeon may recommend laser treatment if it is suitable for your skin type, skin condition and cosmetic goals, or they may choose to use other methods based on the needs of your skin and their professional preferences. Excision, fillers, chemical peels, and some topical skin care products can all be used to treat the acne scars caused by cystic acne and improve skin tone.
It is important to remember that there’s a variety of lasers that can be used to treat acne scars. For example, fractional CO2 laser treatment, which works by precisely targeting damaged skin cells, can be effective at treating severe acne scars but may not be adequate if the scar has affected the deep underlying tissue.
In this scenario, your surgeon may choose to use another procedure such as subcision or spot dermabrasion to help you get the best results. Fractional CO2 also requires at least a week of downtime, so you’ll need to plan your work and social obligations accordingly if you choose to go this route.
For less severe forms of acne scars, your doctor may use fractionated lasers or IPL treatments, which use light waves to destroy dead skin cells and increase collagen production. These procedures have a relatively low risk of adverse side-effects and require less downtime, but aren’t effective at treating deep acne scars.
There are many possible methods for treating acne scars caused by severe cystic acne. The best approach for attaining healthy, clear skin will probably involve a variety of modalities, which may or may not involve laser treatment. With this in mind, I highly recommend that you visit an experienced board-certified dermatologist for a formal evaluation.
Acne scars occur when your skin pores get clogged with excess oil, bacteria, and dead skin cells, which eventually leads to a break in the follicle wall. Small breaks usually heal quickly (sometimes with the help of over-the-counter acne treatment products) but deep breaks can affect nearby tissue and cause larger lesions that are more difficult for the skin to heal. This can result in deep, permanent scars that can only be removed with surgery.
In regard to your main question, I’m not familiar with that particular cosmetic surgery center, so I can’t say whether I support your relative’s recommendation or not. What I can say is that while laser treatments such as ablative laser, non-ablative laser, and IPL can be effective methods for treating acne scars, they may not necessarily be the right option for you.
Most patients with severe acne scarring have many different types of scars, which typically respond best to a combination of treatments. Depending on your skin, your dermatologist may recommend a treatment plan comprised of dermabrasion, microdermabrasion, excision, chemical peels, soft-tissue fillers or laser therapy (or some combination thereof).
I think it’s a good idea to keep your options open and heed the recommendations of your dermatologist rather than put your trust in laser treatment, which may not provide the best cosmetic outcome based on your needs.