Using Lasers to Treat Acne Scars
There are a lot of treatments for acne scars available today, and it’s almost guaranteed that you have options, no matter what your budget is for your skin care routine. In this blog, we’ll take a look at one of the more expensive treatments for acne scars: laser surgery.
Different types of laser treatments
Generally, there are two major categories of lasers for skin treatment: ablative and non-ablative. There is also something called fractional resurfacing, and both ablative and non-ablative lasers can use this newer technology. Here’s a quick breakdown of the different types:
Ablative lasers: These remove thin layers of skin.
Non-ablative lasers: These stimulate collagen growth and tighten skin instead.
Which sort of laser your dermatologist uses depends on preference, experience, and the particular acne scars you are trying to treat. The American Academy of Dermatology Association compiled some quotes from dermatologists regarding laser treatments. For example, Dr Jeffrey Dover of SkinCare Physicians has this to say: “We have been overwhelmed with the success of fractional non-ablative lasers for improving acne scarring, particularly for rolling scars and superficial boxcar scars. We used to believe that the more aggressive the treatment, the better the result, but we’ve had a 180-degree turn in our belief, based on very extensive numbers of treatments.”
Again, the proper treatment for you might differ based on what sort of scarring you have. Dr Roy Geronemus of The Laser and Skin Surgery Center of New York prefers ablative lasers (especially for deep scarring), but says that it ultimately comes down to patient choice: “because many people cannot afford the downtime that’s required for ablative procedures.” He also mentions that non-ablative lasers might be better for darker or African-American skin because the chance of pigmentation change is lower.
Pros and cons of laser treatment
Whether or not laser treatment for acne scars is effective depends on who you ask (and who is doing the procedure). Here is a site you can use to check out what reviews people post about their experience with laser treatment for acne scars.
Pros: Many people have had good experiences with treatment. Also, your insurance might cover the costs (which is generally around a couple thousand dollars).
Cons: The cost may not be covered by your insurance carrier, so laser treatment can be a lot out of pocket. There is also the potential of scarring and/or accidents happening as a result of the treatment. Non-ablative procedures will take at least six treatments (generally), so the process might take a while.
Laser surgery is not for me. What are my other options?
Perhaps you don’t want to risk surgery, or laser treatment for acne scarring is outside of your budget. Many people use a daily cream to decrease the appearance of acne scars (and as part of their normal skin care routine). Porcelana makes a special day and night formulation that has proven results. One of the best things about using a cream specially formulated for this purpose is that it is budget-friendly, easy to use, and readily available online or at major retailers. This is a great way to take your skin health into your own hands and reduce the appearance of acne scars.