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Acne Scar Laser Treatment

Acne Scars are a direct result of cystic acne or prolonged chronic acne. Reducing the appearance of acne scars has always been difficult. Prior to laser scar treatments, the available choices were mechanical dermabrasion (a wire brush which removes the top layers of skin) or deep chemical peels.

At the top of the list is the Palomar Fractional Laser - the Lux1540. This laser works by smoothing the scar ridges and encouraging collagen growth beneath the scar. This laser, the Lux 1540, uses the latest technology in skin resurfacing by treating the skin with microbeams of laser light.

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  • Treatment Fractional Laser

Because these microbeams only target a pin-dot size of skin tissue at a time, the untouched skin surrounding the treated skin protects the integrity of the epidermis and healing occurs quite quickly.
Fractional laser results are obtained through a series of treatments.

More indepth information on the Palomar Fractional Laser. *

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  • Treatment Fractional Laser (2 Treatments)
  • Photo courtesy of Hema Sundaram, MD
  • Patient results may vary

Types of Acne Scars and Treatments to Reduce Scarring

Red flat "scars" resulting from capillary expansion following any inflamed acne - Treated with Palomar IPL

Shallow depressed scars resulting from tissue destruction following inflammation and infection - Treated with and/or Lux 1540 Fractional Laser. Improved to a lesser degree with chemical peels

Deep rolling or "boxcar" scars resulting from cystic acne - Treated with Lux 1540 Fractional Laser.

Icepick scars resulting from deeply embedded cystic acne - Treated with Lux 1540 Fractional laser and/or dermal fillers.

Keloid scars - raised firm "hypertrophic scars" - are an occasional response to acne. Keloid Scars are treated with cortisone injections to the scars.

What causes an acne scar?

Your acne scarring is a result of tissue destruction. Infection that causes inflamed acne destroys that area of skin. Everyone has different response to acne inflammation. Some people scar deeply and others experience only faint scars that are more easily treated. Early treatment of acne will help prevent scarring.

You may have redness from acne that remains obvious for a long time. Redness can last up to a year if untreated. The pulsed light systems shrink and eliminate many of the broken capillaries responsible for this redness.

StarLux Fractional Laser Acne Scar Treatment *

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  • Photo courtesy of Michael Sinclair, MD
  • Treatments - Fractional Laser *
  • Individual results will vary

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  • Photo courtesy of Michael Sinclair, MD
  • Treatments - Fractional Laser *
  • Individual results will vary

StarLux Fractional Laser Trauma Scar Treatment *

  • Source Palomar Medical
  • Photo courtesy of David Vasily, MD
  • Treatments - Fractional Laser *
  • Individual results will vary

  • Source Palomar Medical
  • Photo courtesy David Vasily, MD
  • 6 Treatments - Fractional Laser *
  • Individual results will vary

Does Laser Treatment remove all acne scarring?

Realistic treatment goals are to gain visible improvement, accomplished with lasers such as the Palomar Fractional Laser which smoothes down the area surrounding the depression and helps build up the "shallow" scars so they blend better into the surrounding skin. There is no way to completely eliminate acne scars, but today's technologies offer improvement that is light years ahead of what was available only a few years ago.

Are Lasers or Surgery the only solution to acne scars?

No. there are several alternatives for more minimal or temporary improvement. Microdermabrasion, chemical peels and dermal fillers such as Juvederm can be used as well to help to reduce scar appearance.

Related Treatments

Acne Treatments
Photo Dynamic Therapy for Severe or Cystic Acne
Acne caused by Rosacea
Fractional Lux1540 Laser for Acne Scar Treatment
Glycolic Chemical Peels
TCA Chemical Peels
LuxG Pulsed Light for Red Acne Scars
Cosmelan for Brown Spots following Acne Breakouts
AcneNet - Resource link of AAD

During your office consultation you will be provided with a detailed plan of the treatments that will benefit you most. Initial Cosmetic Consultations are Complimentary.

Please contact us by phone or email with any questions you may have or request an appointment online for your complimentary consultation.

* Individual Results May Vary

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