Acne scars are a cosmetic concern for men and women of all ages. Even if you only experienced acne during your teenage years, the scars can follow you into adulthood. You may have tried creams, scrubs, and other topical treatments to help smooth the rough texture of your acne scars without any luck. But did you know that laser treatments are the fastest and most effective way to reduce or eliminate your acne scars for good? Keep reading to learn how lasers can improve your acne scars.
Types of acne scars
Generally speaking, there are three types of acne scars: atrophic, hypertrophic, and keloid scars. Atrophic acne scars are more common than keloids and hypertrophic scars with a ratio of 3 to 1. Additionally, atrophic acne scars can be sub-classified as ice pick, boxcar, and rolling scars. These scars are caused by a lack of collagen that produces a pitted look to the skin. Acne can also result in scars that appear as changes in pigment. These can be classified as:
- Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH) – dark brown marks
- Post-inflammatory erythema – pink or purple marks
- Post-inflammatory hypopigmentation – white marks
Lasers that can improve your acne scars
Current laser technology offers several alternatives. One laser that Dr. Krant utilizes to improve acne scars is the PicoSure® laser, an unprecedented innovation in laser technology. It is the world’s first safe and effective picosecond aesthetic laser, which reduces the appearance of acne scars through a non-invasive procedure that requires only about 10 minutes treatment time. The PicoSure® PressureWave™ technology converts laser energy into a gentle pressure that compresses the targeted cells, stimulating development of new collagen and elastin without burning or damaging the surrounding skin. This results in skin with minimized acne scars and a brighter, healthier complexion. A series of Picosure treatments are typically required to see optimal results.
Intense pulsed light (IPL) is another laser technology that can improve your acne scars by treating the skin with quick and powerful flashes of light. Since IPL is a non-invasive procedure, it allows Dr. Krant to help you achieve cosmetic improvements quickly, conveniently, and with very little risk or discomfort. While you may see noticeable results after one appointment, most women and men achieve maximum results after a series of treatment sessions.
Schedule a consultation
Laser treatments are a safe and effective way to improve your acne scars while also giving your complexion a smooth, youthful glow. If you’re bothered by the appearance of your acne scars, schedule a consultation with board-certified dermatologist Dr. Jessica Krant so that she can choose the best laser treatment for your unique needs and goals.