Acne and acne scars are a big hindrance on the beauty and appeal of the face. Everyone desires to have clear, smooth and spot less skin but acne and acne scars give the skin a rough and rugged look.
Before treating acne and acne scars, it is important to understand them first. Acne is the formation of zits and pimples on the skin’s surface that arises when there is excess oil production in the skin glands, often these pimples contain bacteria and once the bacteria bursts an acne scar is formed in the form of a depression in the skin’s surface.
Many acne and acne scars treatments use laser technology to treat acne that can be very effective in reducing the appearance of acne scars by 50 to 80 percent, requiring one or multiple sessions. There are two kinds of lasers used to treat acne scars ablative and non-ablative. Ablative lasers are the most traditional but contain a level of risk as they burn away the outer layers of the skin, requiring a long recovery time- just one treatment is enough.
Non-ablative lasers do not damage the outer layer of skin but instead reduce scars by stimulating collagen growth. There are fewer side effects and a shorter recovery period but it requires several sessions.
One ablative laser that has been used the longest in scar treatment is the carbon dioxide or pulsed CO2. This treatment is effective but has a longer healing process. A new form of laser is the feather touch that uses an adjustable, computer controlled scanner to deliver the laser in pulses with target the scar like a paintbrush and show desired results on the damaged areas.
Some people who wish to resume working quickly prefer the non-ablative lasers such as the pulsed dye lasers such N-Lite and V-beam that use a concentrated beam of light that targets blood vessels in the skin and destroys them leaving the surrounding skin undamaged. The pulsed dye laser emits a yellow light and is considered safe because it does not cause long-term damage. This laser may require several treatments.
Many unlicensed facilities, spas and salons are offering laser treatments for scars but these should be avoided as only a certified cosmetic surgeon has the skill and knowledge to perform this treatment effectively. A good dermatologist would check a small section of the skin first to gauge which laser level and power is suitable to treat the area.