How Laser Treatment Helps Acne Scarring
Acne scars, ranging in severity from icepick, to rolling to boxcar, develop when an acne breakout initiates the body’s inflammatory response and causes collagen to become deformed. Picking, squeezing and popping pimples accelerates damage to the skin. Laser treatments and our other non-invasive acne treatment options stimulate new collagen production, creating firmer skin and a more balanced complexion.
Fraxel lasers are known for their unprecedented safety and effectiveness in treating skin conditions. The technology employs a fractional method of dividing the skin into thousands of columns, known as microscopic treatment zones (MTZ). By treating only select MTZs, the laser spares other healthy skin tissue during the treatment, allowing for shorter recovery times compared with traditional procedures.
Two types of Fraxel lasers are particularly effective in addressing acne scarring: Fraxel Re:Store and Fraxel Re:Pair. The two treatments differ, however, in their degree of aggressiveness. Fraxel Re:Store is a gentle method used to treat mild to severe cases of acne scarring. The benefit of this method is that recovery is short and you can go back to your daily routine within 2-3 days. But because of its mildness, anywhere from 4 to 8 treatments may be required to achieve the desired results, depending on each patient. Usually, the deeper the scar, the more numbers of treatments required.
Fraxel Re:Pair is a more aggressive procedure designed to treat more severe skin conditions. The drawback with Fraxel Re:Pair is that recovery following the procedure can take 7-10 days, although fewer treatments are needed overall than with Fraxel Re:Store. Some patients see results in as few as 1-2 treatments.
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Why Dermatology Institute of Southern California is the Best Choice
The board-certified Los Angeles dermatologist team at the Dermatology Institute of Southern California has access to the most advanced lasers, designed to treat acne scars with high rates of success. With the best choices of any facility in California, we can develop a treatment based on your needs, budget and schedule.
During an initial patient consultation at our Los Angeles office, Dr. Behroozan will examine your scars and determine which treatment will produce the best results, depending on your skin type, the types and severity of scarring, etc.