I am asian, will the fraxel laser help my acne scars?

I am an Asian male in High School. My acne is pretty aggressive. Not only am I self-conscious about how I look, but my acne is pretty painful. Will the fraxel laser help get rid of my acne? Or at least help minimize the daily pain that I go through? I would try anything at this point. Aside from braces, I think acne is one of the worst things a new high schooler can have.


M, 21, Utah

Tags:man age 18-24 acne acne scarring pain laser

Fraxel can use used in all races, but in some (including Asians), there are slightly elevated risks.  Be sure to discuss your goals and concerns with your board certified plastic surgeon and consider the pros and the cons. Be certain your surgeon is properly certified.  

I recommend you first get the active acne under control before we treat for acne scars.  See a Physician to determine a good regimen of topical and tablets as well as dietary changes.

Once your acne is under control then consider acne scar treatment.  There are many options for asian skin from RF microneedling, to Bellafill acne scar filler to full blown MiXto fractional CO2 treatments.  We would have to match your improvement with the associated downtime and risk of PIH (post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation) of each treatment.

We have many solutions now for you problems if you can see the right Laser physician.

Ken Oleszek, MD
La Fontaine Aesthetics
Denver, Colorado