Up to 60 minutes
Little to none
Long-term / permanent results
Acne scarring is a common side effect of acne. If breakouts of spots, pimples and blackheads have been frequent it is likely that that the surface of the skin and the tissues directly beneath it, will have become damaged. This is the reason for acne scarring, which may appear as atrophic scars, ice-pick scars, boxcar scars or rolling scars.
The rise of aesthetics means there are various ways that the appearance of acne scarring can be improved. Laser therapy is one of the most popular treatment solutions available, which uses safe and effective methods to help restore the complexion’s even texture and tone.
Non-ablative or ablative lasers can be used to treat acne scarring, depending on the specific type that you have. Non-ablative lasers work to heat the underlying tissues, triggering the production of new collagen. This type of laser treatment is effective for atrophic and ice-pick scars that appear as indentations in the skin. Alternatively, ablative lasers resurface the skin, removing the affected top layer so healthy new cells are produced. This type of laser therapy is often recommended for rolling scars or boxcar scars.
The Facebible performs an in-depth consultation before suggesting an acne scarring laser treatment. The type of scarring that affects your appearance will need to be assessed and identified to ensure the type of laser therapy we provide is suitable. We put together tailored treatment plans to outline how many treatment sessions are required to provide the best results for a smoother more even complexion.
For a few days after the laser therapy, we usually advise our patients to avoid the following: prolonged sun exposure, saunas, steam rooms, tanning devices, hot baths / showers and the gym. Your skin may be a little more sensitive than usual, so taking extra care is necessary. It is preferred that skincare and other products should be gentle and unperfumed. And of course, when going outside, a high SPF should always be applied first – 50+.
The results may take some weeks or months to develop as the skin needs time to replenish its cells and repair the damage that acne has caused. Therefore, you may notice a gradual transformation to the skin’s texture. Skin discolouration can also appear alongside scarring as a side effect of acne. This concern can benefit from laser therapy, improving in appearance as damaged cells are repaired.
Acne can affect anyone of any age, often leading to acne scarring if the condition occurs frequently and / or significantly. People who are affected by acne scarring will find it is a long term concern that may only noticeably improve through the use of a treatment such as laser therapy. A consultation at The Facebible will establish your suitability for acne scarring laser treatment.
Laser treatments are growing in popularity and can be used to treat many different concerns, including acne scarring. This is due to their high levels of safety, minimal damage to the surrounding skin and tissues and producing little to no downtime.
Laser therapy is usually pain free. Depending on which type of laser treatment is recommended for you, it is not unusual to experience a warming of the skin or a tingling sensation.
In many cases, the treatment area may look red immediately after the procedure. This can be accompanied by slight swelling and mild skin sensitivity. If prolonged pain / discomfort, or sores on the skin do appear (uncommon side effects), you can contact the clinic and our team will provide appropriate advice.
A course of treatments is often recommended to produce maximum results. This will depend on how mild or severe your scarring is, the type of scarring you have and the size of the affected area.
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