Acne Scars Last Much Longer Than The Breakout
Acne is an inflammatory condition involving hair follicles. Hair follicles become plugged with keratin and oil creating compounds that are irritating to the skin.
Results of Treatment
Laser Acne Scar treatment usually lasts a very long time in most people. It’s hard to determine if the changes are permanent as we continue to age our skin all the time.
Did you know?
Dr. Bernstein was the first physician in the world to use the PicoWay® Resolve 1,064 nm and 532 nm lasers and has published numerous peer-reviewed articles on treating conditions with the PicoWay®, including acne scarring.
Acne Scarring FAQs
HOW DOES ACNE SCARRING TREATMENT WORK?
Beams of laser light treat redness in scars or make tiny microinjuries in the skin to stimulate a healing response. This response breaks up the abnormal collagen forming the scar replacing it with more normal collagen bundles.
WHO IS A CANDIDATE FOR ACNE SCARRING? WHO IS NOT AND WHY?
Although initially laser acne scar treatment worked best for people with lighter skin because lasers could hurt the skin and create abnormal pigmentation in darker skin types, the PicoWay® laser and INTRAcel® RF microneedling device can treat all skin types from I-VI. So everyone with acne scarring may be treated.
WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF LASER AND RF TREATMENT COMPARED TO OTHER METHODS?
Sometimes people receive filler in the face in an attempt to improve acne scarring. Fillers often track around scars making them more prominent, and they also only last for months at a time. Laser treatments are more long-lasting than fillers in most situations for treating acne scarring.
HOW MANY LASER TREATMENTS DOES IT TAKE TO IMPROVE ACNE SCARS?
Typically, we administer 2-4 treatments with 2 being a minimum number of treatments. One treatment often results in temporary improvement so don’t start unless you can plan for 2 treatments. After a maximum of 4 treatments, it’s important to wait 6-12 months to see the extent of improvement one is going to get. This can save time and money.
IS LASER ACNE SCAR TREATMENT PERMANENT?
Improvement usually lasts a very long time in most people. It’s hard to determine if the changes are permanent, as we continue to age our skin all the time. Signs of aging, such as sagging skin can be superimposed upon acne scarring, making some people return after a number of years for a treatment or 2.
DOES LASER ACNE SCAR TREATMENT HURT?
Most people find the treatments tolerable but mildly uncomfortable. We use numbing cream before the treatment for some lasers, but don’t need it for most of the treatments.
WHAT ARE THE COMMON SIDE EFFECTS?
Side-effects of laser acne scar treatment are similar to those from any laser treatment. There is redness (usually pink) of the skin immediately following treatment and swelling following treatment. Changes in pigmentation are rare but possible after some lasers in more darkly pigmented people, although RF microneedling and picosecond lasers have very little risk of pigmentation in even very darkly pigmented skin.
WHAT AREAS OF THE BODY CAN BE TREATED?
Acne scars can be treated with lasers all over the body. The face is one of the most common areas to be treated, along with the back, shoulders and chest.
HOW WILL I LOOK AND CARE FOR THE TREATED AREA?
Most people just look a pink and puffy following laser treatment of acne scars. This normally lasts for a few days, but can sometimes last longer.
WHAT ABOUT CONTINUED ACNE TREATMENT?
Following treatment, most people discontinue their topical acne medications for a few days. Oral acne medications (other than Accutane®) do not need to be discontinued. It is crucial to consistently treat acne so new scars do not form.