Acne Scar Removal Treatments
Those who have had severe acne generally develop acne scars we well. Scars and acne scars are fibrous tissues which are left behind or formed during wound healing. Since everyone heals differently, everyone scars differently. These scars can range from icepick scars, boxed scars, rolling scars and hypertrophic scars.
Icepick scars: Ice pick scars are common amongst those who have had acne. These scars lie deep in the dermis. Due to the depth of these scars, laser scar removal with the Fraxel would be a better option verses microdermabrasion which regenerates only the superficial layers of the skin. The Fraxel laser is well known for treating ice pick scars since this laser penetrates very deep due to the fractional approach and laser intensity.
Boxed scars: These scars usually are larger than ice pick scars, have a flat base and sharp edges. As their name suggests, they look like a box in shape and form. These scars could be formed by injury of any sort.
Rolling scars: Rolling scars are usually associated with acne. These scars are often wide yet shallow in appearance.
Hypertrophic scars: These scars usually form as a result of surgical procedures or severe injury. These scars protrude the skin and are often red in appearance. These scars respond extremely well to laser treatment for scar removal. If you develop this type of scarring from simply acne or a break out, you may have keloid scars.
Acne scars are often difficult to conceal and can greatly effect ones overall appearance and in turn self esteem. Many people want to know how to get rid of acne scars. At Bellair Laser Clinic we specialize in scar removal, acne scar removal or laser scar removal in Toronto.
Fraxel Laser For Acne Scar Removal
Fraxel® resurfaces the skin texture and complexion by producing thousands of tiny deep microscopic columns in the skin which are referred to as microscopic treatment zones (MTZ). These tiny treatment zones are surrounded by uninjured tissue. In other words, only a fraction of the skin is targeted, therefore, the skin is left intact which allows for quick wound healing. This treatment is ideal for those with moderate to deep acne scars.
Fraxel Acne Scar Treatment Procedure
On the day of treatment topical numbing is left on the skin for approximately one hour prior to the treatment. The actual laser treatment is approximately 20 minutes. During the actual treatment you will feel a warm prickling sensation on the skin which most clients describe as tolerable. Immediately after the treatment, your skin will feel warm which is comparable to a mild sunburn for 1 to 2 hours post-treatment. Redness and swelling is common, however, the degree of redness and swelling will vary from individual to individual. This reaction or pinkness will persist anywhere between three to five days which will be accompanied by bronzing (the skin will have a bronze appearance for 3 to 14 days) and flaking of the skin. Normally a moisturizing cream will minimize the appearance of flaking or peeling. While the skin regenerates and flakes, sunscreen should be applied on a daily basis to protect against sun exposure during the healing process. You may apply make-up and you are able to shave within 24 hour after the treatment.
NOTE: Individual Results May Vary