Acne Scar Treatment
Some forms of acne result in acne scarring. If left untreated, acne scarring can lead to long lasting effects which can severely affect quality of life.
Acne scars usually fall under one of the following types:
Boxcar acne scarring: This type of scarring appears as craters or divots on the skin. This causes bumps and uneven skin surface.
Ice pick acne scarring: These are advanced boxcar scarring appearing as deeper crevices in the skin.
Rolling acne scarring: Are thick scar tissue that creates rippling effects that causes acne wrinkles and skin creases.
How is acne scar treated?
At Lawnton Laser Clinic, we operate on one simple principle for acne scar, the deeper the scar, the deeper the treatment needed. Mild acne can be simply treated using chemical peels or hydrafacials, but deeper scars need an aggressive approach. Hence, we recommend the use of CO2 fractional laser for the best resurfacing results.
CO2 Fractional Laser
The fractional microablative CO2 laser skin resurfacing treatment is the global gold standard for skin resurfacing. It is an extremely safe and effective way to treat the below conditions with low downtime:
Dark circles under the eyes
Skin laxity on the face, neck, chest and arms
At Lawnton Laser Clinic, we use CO2 to treat variety of skin conditions ranging from a mild rejuvenation to an aggressive treatment approach depending on condition severity and required results.
What is a CO2 laser and how does it work?
CO2 fractional laser uses an ablative technique at a wavelength of 10600 nm that targets the water chromophore in the skin. The laser is scanned in a layer-by-layer fashion to avoid deep tissue destruction, thus making it suitable for mild and moderate acne scarring, wrinkles and all other uneven skin conditions. As the skin heals, the formation of new healthy collagen tightens the skin and smooths out scars, wrinkles and other uneven skin textures. CO2 laser is the most widely used treatment due to its clinical efficacy and therapeutic benefits which have been confirmed over decades.
How much improvement can I expect?
Clinical studies including data from our clinic have shown a 40 – 50% improvement in acne scarring from a single treatment but results do vary between individuals.
How many treatments are needed?
This is really based on the initial consultation where your skin will be analysed to assess the treatment approach. Usually, 1-3 sessions are sufficient about 2-3 months apart. A small area will be tested initially to ensure that the treatment is safe and effective to you.
What does the procedure involve?
A detailed step by step guide will be provided during the consultation process for the CO2 treatment. During treatment, a numbing gel is applied before the laser treatment commences to keep you comfortable and the process usually lasts about 30-60 minutes in total. We recommend taking a set of medications to reduce discomfort prior to leaving home for the treatment.
What happens after treatment?
Your skin will immediately start to feel a moderate sunburn as soon as the effectiveness of the numbing gel starts to wear off. You will be given post care instructions to follow with continual support from the clinician team. Continual application of SPF 50+ is a must after 7 days to keep the skin healing and away from sun
You must be prepared for a week off or any heavy sports/exercise during your healing period.
When will I see improvements?
Improvements in skin can be seen from a week after treatment and can continue to improve for three to six months post treatment.