Acne - Scars

 

What causes Acne Scars?

 
 
Acne scars occur as a direct result of deep trauma to the skin caused by acne inflammation leading to either over or under production of collagen. External factors such as picking on acne lesions can worsen scar formation.
 
 
 
 
 

How does the Fotona Laser treat acne scars?

 
Unlike chemical peels and dermabrasion, laser resurfacing using Fotona Er: YAG provides a controlled treatment of deep scars while leaving the surface skin undamaged. The precise and gentle delivery of Er: YAG laser energy vaporizes scarred tissue and stimulates the production of new collagen without harming the top skin layer. Recovery is faster with optimum results.
 
 

How does the Fotona Er:YAG differ from a CO2 laser in treating acne scars?

Er: YAG is increasingly becoming the laser of choice in the treatment of acne scars due to its low occurrence of adverse events and faster recovery time. It has been clinically proven that CO2 lasers cause more discomfort and a higher chance of causing Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation (i.e. darkened scarring of the skin after laser treatment) when compared to Er: YAG lasers.
 
 

How long does the procedure take and is it painful?

The procedure itself takes only about 15-20 minutes, topical numbing is applied beforehand for the acne scar treatment. The skin may feel a bit warm post procedure but there is no pain. Acne scar treatment may have a few days downtime but most patients are able to go about their normal daily activities.
 
 

How many sessions do I need?

The number of sessions required depends on the individual’s skin but generally, 2-4 sessions are recommended for acne scar treatment.
 
 
 

Fotona Laser: Before & After

Acne Scar Reduction with Fotona Laser. Before & After. (Courtesy of Dr. Luppino)