One of the best solution for acne scars is laser/light therapy, which involves using an intense light beam on scarred areas, without any damage to the surrounding tissues.
Laser resurfacing for scars is a procedure, where gentle but strong beams of light are used to reduce acne scars. The heat energy of the laser works by vaporizing the thin columns of the skin, one layer after another. As fresh skin as well as new collagen grows on the treat area, the surface appearance gets better and smoother. The procedure is a non-invasive one and is completed as an outpatient procedure.
The scar is first cleaned and marked, following which the doctor may decide to use local anesthesia for the procedure. Patients may be given goggles to avoid eye damage. The laser may be used on the skin for more than a few times, and in between the procedure, the doctor may clean the treated area to reduce effects of the heat. The process may cause a stinging sensation, with little or no bleeding, depending on the skin condition. After the procedure has been completed, the doctor will dress the treated area.
Like most other cosmetic procedures, there are a few risks, and it is worth knowing before you take any further steps. Please note that the capability of an experienced dermatologist can reduce the risks. These include,
Generally, laser/light therapy for acne scars is considered to be a cosmetic procedure, and hence, it is not covered through insurance. The costs depend on factors like.
Typically, the dermatologist would talk to the patient and discuss his/medical history. The dermatologist will also talk of the expected results, the risks involved and other aspects of the procedure. A physical exam or tests may be suggested. Patients should, however, follow the suggestions below.
Always talk to your doctor before you decide on laser therapy for acne scarring. There may be many other considerations and aspects that may be pertinent to your case, depending on personal details.