20 Feb Acne Scar Removal
People who had more severe forms of acne when they were in their teens and early twenties often have acne scars and spotted skin later in life. Acne scars can contribute to poor self-image, anxiety, and depression, and lead to a lower quality of life. They are left behind from deep skin infections, the most noticeable scars are from tissue loss and show as pitting (also known as “ice pick” scarring).
Get Rid of Acne Scars
The newest way to get rid of acne scars is with the FDA approved Picosure laser scar removal. It delivers very short (one-trillionth of a second) pulses of laser light to the target area without harming surrounding skin. Extremely short pulses of laser light reduce the chance of burns and hyperpigmentation in treated areas. The light is photomechanical (causing expansion or disruption of tissue) and causes the breakup of cells under the acne scars and promotes new skin cell production. At the same time, the surrounding tissue to the treated area is unharmed.
Is Picosure Right For Me?
Not all people are suitable for Picosure laser treatment. If you are prone to scarring or bruising, you may not be an ideal candidate. Likewise, certain medications, some kinds of allergies, and heavy smoking are factors which can make Picosure laser treatment unsuitable. Laser scar treatment can also aggravate herpes sores. People with medium to fair skin tones are good candidates.
The Treatment Process
Treatments can take as little as 10 minutes, making scheduling easy, even for patients with busy schedules. Acne scar treatments are generally spaced out to about six to eight weeks apart to allow sufficient time for healing and regrowth. Collagen regeneration stimulated by the treatment can take up to three to six months to develop. At least two treatments are needed, and the total number depends on the patient’s circumstances. “Touchup” treatments may be needed by some patients. Common side effects are itching, swelling, or irritation of the treated area, most resolving in a few days. Most patients can return to work or their usual routines the day of treatment.
Treated areas require certain kinds of care and precautions. Sun exposure and tanning beds are to be avoided for four weeks after treatment. If you can’t avoid the sun, do not stay exposed for long, and use sunscreen of SPF 30 at a minimum. Do not take hot baths or showers or use saunas or swimming pools for 48 hours after treatment.
What to Expect
Complete removal of some kinds of acne scars is possible. Very deep acne scars are the most difficult to treat and may not be completely removed by Picosure laser treatment, though the scars can be mostly eliminated. It is important to note that Picosure laser treatment is used during the scarring phase and not the active breakout phase. Other kinds of acne scar removal treatments can be used with the Picosure laser treatment for even better results. The technique is also safe to use on sensitive areas around the eyes and mouth.