Laser Treatment for Acne Scars – Improve the Appearance of Your Skin
Do you have acne scars? You’re not alone. Acne has been a universal adolescent struggle for decades and something many adults struggle with as well. Acne often leads to unsightly scarring which can result in embarrassment or low self-esteem. However, there is a way to reduce or even eliminate the effects of acne. Laser treatment for acne scars has been shown to reduce their visibility significantly.
Now that we’ve got your attention, are you ready to learn more about acne scars and how laser treatment can reduce their appearance and improve the look and feel of your skin?
Why Does Acne Cause Scars?
Acne scars are the result of inflammation caused by acne blemishes. The affected pore swells, and a breakdown occurs in the pore wall, sometimes spilling into the surrounding tissue. This creates deeper scarring on the skin’s surface as it tries to heal itself by forming new collagen fibers.
Acne scars vary in severity and can take on two main forms: indentations or raised bumps. The most common type of acne scar is an indented, pitted surface that may extend into the depths below skin level. Raised bumps also occur but less often than depressions. It should be noted that both types can result from acne blemish inflammation.
How Does Laser Treatment Work?
Before we get into how the procedure works, it’s important to have realistic expectations. Laser treatment will not eradicate acne scars. It will make them less noticeable. At Vive, we use PicoSure laser treatment for acne scars. PicoSure is FDA approved for treating the scars left behind by acne. It has revolutionized acne scar treatment by using concentrated bursts of energy to break down scar tissues without affecting the surrounding tissue. Gentler than other treatments, PicoSure can significantly reduce the appearance of acne scars, giving you smoother-looking skin.
The Ideal Candidate
PicoSure laser treatment for acne scars can be used on most skin types. To decide if PicoSure is the right option for treating your acne scars, schedule a consultation with one of our aesthetic professionals. If it is determined that you are a good candidate, the next step is to schedule your treatment.
What to Expect
PicoSure treatments are short and can vary from 10 – 30 minutes depending on the extent of your acne scars and other individual factors. Typically more than one treatment is necessary to achieve the desired results. There should be a period of 6 – 8 weeks in between treatments. After your consultation, we will create an individual treatment plan for you.
During laser treatment for acne scars, you may experience minor discomfort. Some patients have described it as a warm, prickly sensation. . It is important to keep in mind that everyone has a different threshold for discomfort. All of our patients are first treated with a topical anesthetic cream to help numb the skin and decrease the sensation. On a scale of 1-10, with 1 being painless, most patients rank it a 2 or 3.
When most people think of acne scars, they normally associate them with the face. Unfortunately, acne can occur on other parts of the body, such as the back, shoulders, and chest. Laser treatment for acne scars can be used on all these areas to reduce the acne scars and improve the skin’s appearance.
Recovery and Downtime
Another great benefit of laser treatment for acne scars is that there is virtually no downtime. Minor redness or discoloration may appear in the treatment area. This should subside within 24 hours after being treated. You can return immediately to your normal activities. However, you should avoid exposing the treated area to direct sunlight for about a week following treatment.
Ready to Consider Laser Treatment for Acne Scars?
Are you tired of the way your acne scars make you look and feel? Want to find out if laser treatment is right for you? Then don’t wait any longer! Vive Aesthetics and Wellness is proud to offer PicoSure Laser treatment for acne scars as part of their complete suite of aesthetic services. Schedule a consultation today and get ready to say hello to clearer, smoother skin.