Acne Scar Treatment and Removal Using The F.A.S.T. Laser Procedure
F.A.S.T: The Best Treatment for Pitted Acne Scars
To effectively treat pitted (atrophic) acne scars, a resurfacing laser, such as the Fraxel or fractional CO2 laser, is required. The Fractional CO2 laser is the most aggressive and most effective treatment for pitted acne scars. Most patients with pitted acne scars do very well after treatment with the Fractional CO2 Laser. However, some patients have very localized acne scars and do not require treatment of the entire face. These scars can be treated focally, leaving the unscarred areas of the face untreated. The technique, called the F.A.S.T. technique, uses Fractional CO2 Laser technology to target only focal areas of acne scarring; F.A.S.T. stands for Focal Acne Scar Treatment.
What to expect from F.A.S.T.
During your F.A.S.T. treatment:
- Focal acne scars are targeted with very high energy levels combined with low treatment density. The very high energy level is higher than what can be used to treat the entire face, but is safe for the treatment of only focal scars.
- The advantage of the F.A.S.T. treatment for the appropriate patient is that there is minimal downtime, only four days, and the initial results can be appreciated after only one week.
- Most patients have seen 50-70% improvement of their pitted acne scars after only one F.A.S.T. treatment.
- The F.A.S.T. procedure can sometimes leave reddish marks over the treated area for a few weeks after the treatment. These marks can be covered with makeup, or improved with one light Fraxel resurfacing treatment to decrease redness quickly.