For many men and women, unsightly acne scars remain long after their pimples have cleared up, detracting from their overall appearance and significantly impacting their self-esteem. In these cases, we will apply the latest in fractional laser technology to permanently eliminate your acne scars and restore a smoother and more attractive facial appearance.
Types of Acne Scars
There are two distinct types of acne scars, both of which respond extremely well to fractional laser treatments. They are:
Hypertrophic scarring. These scars occur as the result of excessive collagen production during healing, appearing as raised bumps or ridges on the skin.
Atrophic scarring. These scars occur when tissue is lost during the healing process, creating indentations on the skin. Common forms of atrophic scarring include ‘ice pick’ scars and ‘boxcar’ scars. Ice pick scars create deep, narrow holes in the skin, and boxcar scars are large, clearly defined and have steep edges.
How do fractional
laser acne treatments work?
Fractional lasers were developed as a way to help patients reap the benefits of laser resurfacing without the downtime and substantial healing period associated with more aggressive treatments.
The fractional laser works by creating thousands of microscopic treatment zones per square centimeter of skin, causing the body’s natural healing process to stimulate collagen growth and a regeneration of healthy skin cells. In this way, patients can eliminate unsightly acne scars by encouraging the underlying tissue to grow and rejuvenate. Unlike traditional laser resurfacing, this is done without damaging the healthy tissue, resulting in less complications and a reduced recovery period.
An Overview of the Procedure
To begin your fractional laser acne treatment, we will begin by applying a numbing topical cream to your face to ensure your total comfort throughout treatment. You can expect the entire procedure to take anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes, depending on the extent of your acne scars. During this time, you will feel mild heat on your skin, which is simply the laser working to remove the damaged tissue while heating the underlying collagen to promote new growth. In this way, the laser treats the acne scars on the surface of your skin while stimulating the growth of new volume underneath.
After treatment, our office will provide you with guidelines to follow during your recovery period. It is important to follow them closely, as they will ensure the best possible results. Within one week, the full results of your laser treatment will emerge, with visibly reduced acne scars and a beautiful new glow.
Following laser acne treatment, you can expect to see smooth, blemish-free skin when you look in the mirror. Your acne scars will have been dramatically reduced, and you’ll be left with a brighter and softer skin texture that enhances both your natural beauty and your confidence.
Before & After Gallery
The best way to gauge a surgeon’s skill is to view his past work. Please browse our before and after gallery, to see for yourself the dramatic results you can expect to achieve from a acne treatment with board certified cosmetic surgeon Dr. Farzaneh.