Acne scars are indentations and depressions in the skin that are formed once an active acne pimple bursts leaving a dent in the skin. They give the skin a rough, rugged and ill appearance.
People try numerous treatments to get rid of acne marks but seldom do any of these treatments work leaving the person discontent and unsatisfied. Fact of the matter is that acne scars are a serious condition and dermatological intervention is needed in order to eliminate them.
Many treatments are offered that help fight acne scars, such as laser therapy, laser resurfacing, chemical peels, green peels and microdermabrasion. Some of these methods are ablative- meaning that they remove the top damaged layer of skin while others is non-ablative that does not remove the top layer of the skin.
One great method that is widely practiced for acne scars is the acne scars laser treatment. It can be done with the fractional Co2 laser. The fractional co2 is more advanced and safer than its predecessors are as it beams the skin with laser treating the skin in mere fractions. Once the skin layer heats up and peels off, new skin forms that is free of any scars.
The fractional co2 laser also stimulates collagen production thereby given the skin a smooth surface and a more youthful appearance.
Some commonly asked questions regarding the Acne scars treatment with fractional co2 are the following:
How does the fractional co2 laser work?
The CO2 fractional laser creates tiny microscopic holes in the skin’s surface past the epidermis and into the dermis. These holes enable new collagen production that fill in the acne scars and create rejuvenated smoother skin.
What type of results can be expected from this treatment?
Most patients notice improvements in their skin as early as 1 week after the treatment. Continued improvement takes place for up to six months and peaks around the sixth month. Most patients notice between 50 to 70% improvement for their condition. However, results vary by individual.
How many treatments will I need?
Majority of the patients require only one treatment to achieve the desired results. Since the treated area continues to show improvement for up to six months following the laser treatment, the need for additional treatments is re-evaluated.
What is the downtime for this treatment?
The fractional co2 laser causes a wound in the skin, which means there are three to four days of downtime when the skin is healing. During that time, you will have to avoid sun exposure, apply ointment regularly to keep the skin moist and thus speed up healing.