There are many options available for the treatment of acne scarring. The choice of treatment modality depends on the type of acne scarring thatis being treated. Chemical peels and Fraxel Laser Resurfacing are very effective in the treatment of dark spots (post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation) and the KTP Laser is very effective in the treatment of red marks (post-inflammatory erythema.) The treatment of pitted (atrophic) acne scars requires a resurfacing laser, such as the Fraxel or Fractional CO2 Laser. The Fractional CO2 Laser is the most aggressive and most effective treatment for pitted acne scars.
Is the Fractional CO2 Laser right for all patients looking for acne scar treatment?
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. Traditionally, Fractional CO2 Laser resurfacing is performed over the surface of the entire face. Dr. Schweiger has developed a technique that is designed for patients with only localized focal acne scars. These scars can be treatment 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.
How does the F.A.S.T. procedure work?
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 4 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.
What are the potential side effects of the F.A.S.T. acne scar 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.
What is the price of the F.A.S.T. procedure?
The cost for the entire procedure varies depending on several conditions, so there is no set price