TREATING ACNE SCARS
Scarring after acne occurs frequently. Recent advances in laser and ablative radiofrequency technology, allow us to offer effective treatments in minimizing unsightly scar damage to the skin after acne.
The previous treatment for acne scars used CO2 fractional technology in the form of resurfacing lasers. CO2 fractional lasers treat scars by gradually removing a few microns from the upper layer of the skin. CO2 resurfacing though is more suitable for Caucasian skin. If used on Asian skin, complications of hyperpigmentation and burns often occur, resulting in multiple treatments. Results when using this treatment for deeper scars is unsatisfactory, because more complications arise, as well as longer downtime for patients.
Instead of using the CO2 laser, I much prefer to use the safer Erbrium Yag lasers, and ablative radiofrequency technology; these are more suitable for use on Asian skin.
I can now quite easily target the scar to almost the full thickness of the skin. The almost 500 micron ablative depth, can treat the deep scar tissue that pulls the skin surface down. Dermal lasers are also used to stimulate the growth of the skin–s collagen. This triple action of deep fractional skin resurfacing, which releases the tethering scar fibres and rebuilds the skin’s collagen matrix, means the skin is restored to its natural position, resulting in a much smoother skin.
Significant improvement is achieved after just one treatment. With the reduction in the risk of complications, multiple treatment sessions can be carried out safely. We can thus achieve a considerably smoother skin surface safely and effectively.
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