Fractionated CO2 laser is often the treatment of choice for acne scarring. Like the Fraxel laser it produces columns of injury which penetrate deeply into the acne scars, but leave the normal skin intact. This in turn leads to new collagen formation which fills up the acne scars. Healing time is usually 5-7 days, but redness may last for several weeks. Most people need at least 2-3 treatment sessions. It is possible to achieve up to 70-80% improvement in the acne scars. Results can be further improved with the use of filling agents.
Injection of filling agents can be useful for some depressed acne scars but not for pitted scars. Filling agents may be temporary or permanent. These agents are safe, but in rare instances allergic reactions or infection can occur. The end result can be an improvement in skin contour.
Pulsed light therapy is a non-invasive treatment, which is useful for improving red or brown acne scarring. Usually 2-5 treatment sessions are needed to achieve optimal improvement. Following treatment the scars are redder or darker for 5-7 days before lightening occurs.
FRAXEL Laser Treatment produces thousands of tiny but deep columns of laser light into your skin, known as microthermal treatment zones. The laser beams penetrate deeply into the acne scars leading to new collagen formation, which in turn fills out the acne scars. At the same time the surface layer of the skin remains intact and unaffected. This “fractional” treatment allows your skin to heal much faster than older laser procedures. Improvement in acne scarring with the Fraxel is considered to be better than any other laser procedure. Fraxel is suitable for all skin types.
Microdermabrasion is useful for mild acne scarring, especially for the red or brown marks. It is less useful for pitted or depressed acne scarring. Several treatments are usually needed. Following treatment there is usually mild redness, which lasts for a few days. Microdermabrasion can be combined with glycolic, salicylic and lactic acid peels for improved results.