When you think of laser surgery, you might imagine one of those high beam lasers scorching your skin and leaving your looking like a burn victim. However, Fractional CO2 lasers are actually very gentle, and may actually help reduce or remove acne scars. When you have to deal with acne scars, you might feel like a laser could never make your skin look smooth and even again, but acne scar laser surgery can help you remove deep acne scars with minimal discomfort.
How Does Acne Scar Laser Surgery Work?
When you go to your dermatologist to have acne scar laser surgery, your skin will be covered with a numbing gel or cream, which is allows to remain on the skin for about an hour to numb the surface of your skin. Your dermatologist will move a Fractional CO2 laser across your skin, focusing on specific areas that are effected by acne scars. Fractional CO2 lasers do not just burn off your skin, but actually create tiny holes in the skin. The skin reacts by filling in the holes with collagen, which will lift out acne scars in a non-invasive way. The complete skin-smoothing effect is not immediate, but will gradually improve over a period of a couple of weeks as your skin peels and fills out. The best part about having an acne scar laser treatment with a Fractional CO2 laser is that only one treatment may be necessary to give you back the smooth skin you remember before you suffered from acne. Once your treatment and recovery are complete, your skin will look amazing.
Before You Start
It is always important to have a long discussion with your dermatologist about whether having this type of laser surgery for your acne scars is right for you and for your specific condition. Certain variables will effect how well the Fractional CO2 laser will work on your skin and whether you should go with a different procedure altogether. These variables can include the severity of your acne scars, the types of scars you have, what type of skin you have and whether you have any other health conditions, such as diabetes, an autoimmune disorder or heart disease.