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Laser Treatment for Acne Scars: A Path to Clearer Skin

Acne scars can be a frustrating reminder of past skin troubles. They occur when severe acne causes deep damage to the skin, leading to various types of scars, such as boxcar, ice pick, or rolling scars. The good news is that advancements in laser treatment for acne scars have made it possible to significantly reduce their appearance. 


Understanding Acne Scars

Acne scars are the result of the skin’s healing process after inflammation. When acne penetrates deeply into the skin, it damages the skin and the tissue beneath it. As the acne clears, the body tries to repair this damage. If the body produces too little or too much collagen during the healing process, scars can form. Too little collagen leads to depressed acne scars, while too much collagen can result in raised scars.

Laser Treatments for Acne Scars at Cascade Eye & Skin Centers

At Cascade Eye & Skin Centers, we offer a range of laser treatments to address a range of acne scars.

Fraxel® Dual Restore Laser

Fraxel Dual Restore is a fractional laser treatment that is less invasive and particularly effective for treating rolling and boxcar scars. It works by creating thousands of microscopic penetrations in the skin, which stimulates the production of new collagen and elastin. This process helps to smooth out the scars and improve the overall texture of the skin.

The treatment typically requires more sessions than other laser treatments and has a downtime of about 5 to 7 days. It is available through both our aestheticians and physicians, making it a versatile option for various patients.

Fraxel® CO2 Repair

Fraxel CO2 Repair, performed exclusively by Kimberly Wenner, MD, at our practice, is a more intensive laser treatment. It is particularly effective for deeper, more pronounced acne scars. This laser therapy works by vaporizing tiny columns of tissue deep within the skin, which triggers a strong healing response and leads to significant improvements in the skin’s appearance. The average downtime is about 7 days, and the treatment is known for its effectiveness in treating severe acne scarring, offering dramatic improvements in skin texture and appearance.

RF Microneedling

Radiofrequency (RF) microneedling combines the benefits of microneedling with radiofrequency energy. This treatment is effective for a variety of scar types, especially for those with deeper scars and more pronounced textural issues.

Traditional Microneedling

Regular microneedling is a non-laser alternative that is effective for treating acne scars. This procedure involves using fine needles to create controlled micro-injuries in the skin, which stimulates the body’s natural wound-healing processes and results in increased collagen and elastin production. This treatment is particularly beneficial for those who prefer a non-laser option and is effective in improving the overall texture and appearance of the skin.

Filler Injections and TCA Cross Procedures

As an additional acne scar treatment option, Dr. Wenner offers filler injections and TCA Cross procedures. Filler injections involve using substances like hyaluronic acid to plump up the skin and reduce the appearance of depressed scars. The TCA Cross procedure involves applying trichloroacetic acid (TCA) directly onto the scars, which helps in remodeling the skin and reducing the depth of the scars. Both treatments require a personalized consultation with Dr. Wenner to create an individualized treatment plan based on the severity and type of scars.

Post-treatment Care and Tips

After receiving laser treatment for acne scars, it’s crucial to follow specific care guidelines to ensure the best results and minimize side effects.

  • Avoid Sun Exposure: Keep the treated area protected from the sun. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.
  • Gentle Skincare: Use mild, non-irritating skincare products. Avoid exfoliating agents and retinoids for a period as advised by your dermatologist.
  • Stay Hydrated: Keep your skin and body well-hydrated.
  • Follow Specific Instructions: Your provider may provide specific instructions based on the type of laser treatment you received. It’s important to follow these to support the healing process.

Embrace a Clearer Future with Laser Treatment for Acne Scars

If you’re troubled by acne scars and seeking a solution, laser treatment might be the answer. At Cascade Eye & Skin Centers, we can guide you through the process, from initial consultation to post-treatment care. Schedule an appointment to learn more about how we can help you achieve smoother, clearer skin.

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