Acne Scar Removal – Fractional CO2 Laser Surgery
What causes acne scars?
When the body has a vigorous response, almost inappropriately strong, to acne bacteria, this can lead to inflammation. Intense inflammation over time causes scarring. Some people are more prone to scarring than others. Some patients with intense inflammation can end up with significant disfiguring scars. There are different kinds of acne scars, including:
- Ice pick (deep pitted scars with steep edges)
- Atrophic (pitted but have smooth borders)
- Hypertrophic thick, lumpy scars that sit above the surface of the skin and are more commonly found on the back and chest.
Laser Acne Scar Removal Treatments
The safest and most effective treatment for the majority of patients with acne scars is the fractional CO2 laser. This laser works by resurfacing only a “fraction” of the skin at a time, leaving the surrounding area intact for faster healing. The fractional CO2 laser pokes tiny microscopic holes in the skin down past the epidermis and into the dermis. These holes cause new collagen to be generated, which fills in the acne scars and creates rejuvenated smoother skin. Fractional CO2 lasers include:
- Fraxel Repair
- Mixto laser
- Active FX
- Deep FX
- Matrix CO2
Laser Acne Scar Removal Effectiveness and Safety
The vast majority of patients require only one treatment to achieve the desired results. Since the treated area continues to improve for the 6 months following the laser treatment, we re-evaluate the need for any additional treatments at that time.
The fractional CO2 laser causes a wound in the skin, which means you will have three to four days of downtime when the skin is healing. During that time you have to apply an ointment frequently to your face keep the skin greasy, which makes healing faster
The fractional CO2 laser safely treats acne scars in patients with all skin types and tones, including Asian, Indian, and African-American skin. An experienced laser surgeon at Schweiger Dermatology will treat darker skin types safely.
Improving acne scars can greatly improve your quality of life. Schweiger Dermatology can help answer any questions you may have about acne scar removal. Make an appointment today!