Fractional CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing for Acne Scars
“As if combating acne weren’t bad enough. Now I have acne scars!?”
We know what you’re feeling, and we’ve seen it countless times before. Acne scars are ugly reminders of the past, but the good news is that you don’t have to live with them. Studies show that fractional CO2 laser skin resurfacing treatments can effectively treat acne scars, and we’ve successfully used this powerful tool to erase the evidence of past acne breakouts, leaving you with a fresh appearance with little to no indication of any prior damage.
If you’re ready to move on with your life and leave the past behind you, read on and learn about Fractional CO2 laser skin resurfacing for acne scars.
How Fractional CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing for Works
Often cited as one of the biggest modern anti-aging breakthroughs, fractional CO2 laser skin treatments use state-of-the-art lasers to remove the top layer of affected skin, stimulating the body’s own natural healing mechanisms. This encourages tissue regeneration and the production of new collagen within the skin in an organized fashion that improves the look of scarring. As a bonus, it also improves skin texture, restores elasticity, smooths fine lines and wrinkles, and reduces the size of pores. There are no needles, cutting or bruising. In fact, in this selective approach, the laser only targets a fraction of the skin’s surface, leaving surrounding areas untouched so that patients enjoy a speedy recovery.
What to Expect During Treatment
While the actual treatment with the laser generally takes about 10 minutes, most appointments for fractional CO2 laser skin resurfacing last about an hour. Before treatment, pre-procedure pictures will be taken and a topical anesthetic cream will be applied. The procedure itself isn’t considered painful; most patients report feeling a sensation that is similar to a sunburn. After treatment, patients are provided with instructions for the care of their skin, including a regimen of gentle washing and moisturizing. Some redness and flaking is normal in the first few days after the procedure, but most patients are back to normal within a week.
If you decide to improve the look of your acne scars by undergoing fractional CO2 laser skin resurfacing, you’ll see results immediately. Since improvements will continue for weeks as increased collagen production brings renewed plumpness and elasticity to the treated skin, you’re likely to discover that your skin looks even better after a few months. Ultimately, this procedure offers long-term results than can last for years.
Alternatives to Laser Skin Resurfacing for Acne Scars
There are a few treatment options that work relatively well for the reduction in the appearance of acne scars. Some are more invasive than others, and the treatment recommended for you with depend on your unique needs. However, some patients have found great benefit from a series of microneedling treatments. Microneedling is different in that it’s minimally invasive with shorter downtime compared to a CO2 laser skin resurfacing for acne scars. The pen-like device is moved across the affected area while the needles gentle puncture the skin, causing microscopic holes in the area. This stimulates the body’s natural healing functions, sending collagen to the surface area to heal the damage and speed up skin cell turnover. The result is faded scars over time and smoother skin texture. We currently offer this treatment option in our Las Vegas plastic surgery practice, so ask us if the SkinPen microneedling system is a good option for you during your consultation.
A proven method for reducing the impact of acne scars, fractional CO2 laser skin resurfacing is ideal for people who want fast, lasting results with very little downtime. To learn more about this procedure, schedule a consultation with Plastic Surgery Associates. Our team of Las Vegas board-certified plastic surgeons, together with a board-certified dermatologist, is committed to delivering top-notch patient care in a safe, comfortable atmosphere. We’re proud to offer a wide array of medical skin care and non-surgical aesthetic treatments in our Las Vegas plastic surgery practice, allowing you many options with a single team of aesthetic care experts.