If you’ve lived with the embarrassment of acne scars for years, thinking that there was no way to get rid of these unsightly reminders of youthful blemishes, you’ll be glad to hear that there are actually several options available to reduce the appearance of scarring, or in some cases, even eliminate acne scars completely. And laser treatments are often the most effective option. But which type of laser is going to deliver the best results? And what can you expect when you undergo such treatment?
Your dermatologist can speak to you about different types of lasers, and if you suffer from both adult acne and acne scarring, you may find that a combination of treatment methods works best to address all of your issues. But if acne scars are your main concern, a fractional CO2 laser is generally understood to be the most effective treatment option. During the treatment, the laser will remove layers of skin in a specific pattern designed to deliver maximum impact with less chance for damage. This particular treatment is safe for a wide variety of patients and it has less risk of side effects like hyperpigmentation and scarring than some other lasers.
As for what you can expect, there are a couple of stages of healing. For the first couple of days you could experience minor discomfort, often equated to a severe sunburn, accompanied by extreme redness on the face, neck, and chest (or wherever you’ve undergone treatment). This will be followed by several days of peeling and healing, during which you may or may not be able to carry on normal, daily activities. In truth, it is not the discomfort that will concern you – it’s your appearance. Peeling tends to last about one week, and it is likely that you won’t want to show your face until it has healed.
After this healing phase, however, you’ll likely enjoy dramatic results, especially when you follow after-care instructions. The fractional CO2 laser can reduce the appearance of sun spots, age spots, and other discoloration, as well as fine lines and wrinkles. But more importantly, it can significantly alleviate acne scarring, even with a single treatment. Depending on how deep your scars are, you may need additional treatments. And the confidence boost you’ll get from a face that is fresh and blemish-free will make the downtime associated with laser treatment well worth it.