Laser Resurfacing for Acne Scars
By dustinheringer on January 29, 2020
Acne scars can be an unwanted reminder of the past. While chemical peels, topical creams, and other treatments can reduce the prominence of these skin blemishes, laser resurfacing is one of the most effective treatment options for acne scars.
The doctors of Arizona Ocular and Facial Plastic Surgery in Scottsdale, AZ, can perform laser resurfacing to remove your top layer of damaged skin and reduce the prominence of acne scars. This procedure can leave your skin looking smooth and healthier. Our office also serves patients in Peoria, Phoenix, and surrounding areas.
Is Laser Resurfacing the Right Treatment Option for Me?
Acne scars can be embarrassing and frustrating, but the condition does not have to be permanent. This skin condition is one that we often treat at our three locations in the greater Scottsdale area.
During your consultation, one of our doctors will examine the extent and location of your facial scarring. There are multiple skin treatments that can address minor scarring that results from acne. Your personalized treatment plan may include more conservative treatments initially.
There are three basic types of acne scarring.
- Atrophic scars are small indentations in the skin. The blemishes result from insufficient healing (often due to a lack of fibroblasts) from past acne outbreaks.
- Hypertrophic scars result from the presence of too many fibroblasts, which results in a raised scar.
- Keloid scars are related to hypertrophic scars. The blemishes are often much thicker, though, and often dark in color.
Many patients seek laser resurfacing after finding disappointing results from alternative treatments like dermabrasion. According to a report published in the British Journal of Dermatology, laser resurfacing can be up to 90 percent more effective than dermabrasion and chemical peels. One key to the effectiveness of laser resurfacing is the unique way in which laser resurfacing stimulates the body’s own regenerative powers.
While dermabrasion and chemical peels only alter the top layer of skin, our state-of-the-art CO2 laser dissolves the bonds between damaged skin cells. This process causes the body to completely shed the thin top layer of skin where many of the undesirable features of acne scaring lie. Laser resurfacing also boosts collagen production, which further boosts healing and regeneration.
Laser resurfacing also allows our esteemed doctor to target pockets of acne scarring so surrounding tissues are left unaffected. Not every form of laser resurfacing allows for this level of accuracy. Once patients undergo laser resurfacing for acne scars, new skin surface will typically regenerate within 10 days. Redness and swelling largely recede by the second week after surgery.
Schedule Your Laser Resurfacing Treatment Today
If you are unsure about which treatment is right for you, trust our doctors. Dr. Dustin Heringer is one of the few area surgeons who is a member of the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS), the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery, and the American Board of Ophthalmology.
If you are tired of living with embarrassing acne scars, Dr. Heringer can deliver excellent cosmetic results through safe and effective laser resurfacing. To schedule your consultation, contact our office online or call (480) 949-5990.
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