Have you had severe acne in the past that’s left your skin with scars? Scars from acne often look like small craters, or “ice pick” marks in the skin. There may be raised areas, and redness. The scars are caused by excess collagen production during the inflammatory phase of the acne. They are often permanent, and can be difficult to treat.
What is Laser Acne Scarring Treatment?
Treatment for acne scars at Azure Medical can include Jan Marini Skin Management system products, Peels, Microneedling and Laser Resurfacing. Each has it’s pro’s and con’s, but for really nasty acne scarring we often use our Fotona Dynamis Erbium Laser.
Medical laser systems have come a long way in the last few years. Twenty years ago treatments were very aggressive with a lot of painful recovery time needed. These days, downtime is much quicker, and it’s no more painful than uncomfortable. You don’t need to go to hospital or run up expensive specialists bills, as we have the latest technology right here in the convenience of our medical laser clinic in Cottesloe.
How does Laser Acne Scarring Treatment work?
Laser light is a single wavelength, or “colour”, and travels in a narrow beam without spreading out or dispersing. This means we can target exactly the areas that we want to treat, without damaging other parts of the skin.
The Erbium laser waves are absorbed by water in the skin. This causes very rapid heating, and vaporisation of the seas of skin we are treating. This breaks down scar tissue and stimulates deep regeneration, renewing the skin and reducing the severity of scars.
What to expect?
- The first step in treatment is to paint a strong local anaesthetic gel onto the areas of your face that we are going to treat.
- We then wait for an hour for this to take effect.
- In the laser room, the treatment takes around 20-30 minutes.
- We have a cool air blower that you can hold and use to keep your face cool, patients find it very soothing.
- We will place eye shields or special glasses on, to protect your eyes from the laser light.
The first pass with the laser is in a “Fractional” (sometimes known as “Fraxel”) mode. This is where the laser beam is divided into a grid of small dots. The small dots drill tiny channels into the skin, breaking down deep scar tissue. As surrounding islands of skin are left intact, this results in much quicker healing.
The second pass is using the laser in a full-beam mode (7mm wide beam). This provides a moderate depth peel to take off damaged surface layers of skin, and provide an improved, healthier, shinier texture to the skin.
After this, you are all done with the laser. We apply a special wound healing gel called Stratamed, and recommend you buy a tube of it to use for the next few days.
What’s the downtime?
The first 4-5 days after treatment are when your face is going to appear red, like you’ve had a dose of sunburn. The skin will then become dry and will peel. This process takes 7-10 days.
Most patients need about 3-4 days after treatment for the redness to settle before going back to work, especially if you are dealing with customers or are very self-conscious about your skin.
You can start to use mineral make-ups after about 4 days. It’s important to avoid excess sun exposure for 4 weeks after (and before) laser treatments.
How many treatments are needed?
We find our patients are delighted with the results from laser acne scarring treatment, and the brief recovery period, so are often very keen to have the next session as soon as possible!
On average, most patients need three sessions, but this may be up to six for really deep scarring.
What is the cost?
For severe acne scarring, such as deep icepicks, Bulk-Billed Laser Acne Scarring Treatment may be available (if you have a Medicare card). You will need to come in for a doctor consult first, to check that you are suitable. Otherwise, our laser fees are shown here.
We have treated many people at Azure Medical for acne scarring. Maybe your story is the same? Why not come in and see us to find out how we can help? We would love to hear your story.
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