In terms of effectiveness, acne scar laser treatment stands out among all acne treatments in regards to how effective it is at eliminating acne problems. Cosmetic disfigurements pose psychological problems to the patients, which is why it’s important to treat your acne.
What To Know Before Deciding on Laser Therapy
While the advancement of laser treatment technology has brought acne therapy into the new century and is the suggested treatment for acne and acne scarring, there are a few key factors to take in:
In most cases,
- This laser therapy is not covered by insurance
- The acne can come back even after treatment
Most acne blemish laser treatment methods are painless and effective, but they also come at a noticeable price. For example, a successful acne blemish laser treatment may include various types of laser exposure such as carbon dioxide lasers. These lasers vaporize the upper layers of damaged skin at specific and controlled levels of penetration, with the focus on developing new collagen in the lower layer of skin. The CO2 laser vaporizes thin layers of the skin and tightens collagen fibers, which makes it an appropriate treatment for depressed acne scars and a great way how to get rid of pimple scars.
This treatment works, because a lot of patients do not respond adequately or develop side effects with the various oral and topical treatments available for the treatment of acne. Hence, the demand grows by patients who suffer from acne for a faster, safer, and side-effect-free novel therapy.
- Beats Other Topical or Oral Medications
- Little to No Side Effects
- Insurance Often Does Not Cover This Treatment ($$$)
- Acne Can Come Back
- Expensive, and Recurring
Advances in Acne Laser Technology
The development of selective photothermolysis has caused many significant advances in the use of laser technology, especially for skin resurfacing and acne repair. The improved technology has helped reduce residual thermal damage. By using shorter pulse durations of laser light, minimizing thermal damages also minimizes post-operative scarring.
The Er: YAG laser offers the best acne scar laser treatment on the market. The benefit of Er:YAG laser for superficial to moderate acne scar removal stems from the fact that this laser produces less thermal damage compared to other types of laser, meaning less post-operative scarring and less damage.
The short pulsed Er:YAG laser has a water absorption coefficient 16 times greater than that of the carbon dioxide laser. The water in the tissue absorbs most of the energy of these lasers, resulting in minimal optical penetration depth and thermal damage.
The more limited penetration of these lasers into the skin triggers a histo-pathological improvement that is less pronounced and effective than that of carbon dioxide laser. However, the Er:YAG laser shows potential as an acne scar removal treatment especially in the treatment of mild to moderate superficial rhytides and scars. In fact, it is considered one of the most effective acne scar treatments for acne scars that are not very deep.
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