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Is Laser Treatment Safe for Acne Scars?

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Apr 26, 2011
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  • Laser technology has transformed the way acne was treated.
  • It does not involve creams or lotions and is hassle-free.
  • They have been proven to be the best to make acne scars disappear permanently.
  • However, one cannot guarantee if acne will reoccur.

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Treatment of acne scars is often difficult because different skin types and scar types need varied treatment. But the treatment is typically considered safe if done by experienced proffessionals.

There are two kinds of lasers for acne scar removal:

  • Erbium (ER) or YAG: YAG lasers use precise wavelengths and the moisture content in the skin to penetrate and be absorbed into the problem area.
  • Carbon Dioxide (CO2) lasers are relatively new in the skin surgery industry and patients must meet specific requirements in order to qualify for the procedure. It emits short bursts of extremely high-energy, highly focused laser light that vaporizes the scarred tissue layer by layer.

Laser Treatment for Acne Scars


Laser options that are currently available to treat acne scars include excision, punch excision, subcision, cryosurgery, dermabrasion, microdermabrasion, chemical peels, ablative lasers, nonablative lasers, fractional lasers, silicone sheeting compression, dermal fillers and an emerging technique known as skin needling.

 


Skin Assessment

The physician needs to assess the scars efficiently to decide the kind of treatment required.

Laser treatments have been proven to be the best available treatments to make visible and stubborn acne scars appear faint or even disappear permanently. In most cases, people having mild acne scars can treat them by following a healthy dietary pattern along with washing the face with benzyl peroxide regularly.

One must always go to a certified skin care centre to get a laser treatment done. Many small and unregistered clinics practicing laser surgeries without qualified dermatologists might severely harm the skin.

Also, do not undergo laser treatments without consulting your skin care practitioner and determining the type of acne scars you have. A full knowledge of the cost, type, total number of laser sessions and side effects should be taken into consideration for a successful laser therapy.

Side-effects of Laser Treatment for Acne Scars

 

Apart from high cost, laser treatment can put the patient at the risk of some side-effects. Like:

  • Burning: High-intensity lasers can cause burning. This results in many side effects such as crusting, oozing, infections, swelling, cysts, and dilated blood vessels immediately after treatment.
  • Hyper/Hypo pigmentation: Some sensitive skin types may develop an uneven skin tone in the areas surrounding the lasers path. This can leave the skin blotchy, sometimes more unsightly than the original acne scars.
  • Textures: Not always but laser technique is capable of giving the patient eczema, acne, cyst and saggy skin because of inconsistent application of lasers. These effects often leave your skin in worse condition then when you went in.
  • Not addressing the underlying cause: The concept of laser acne removal is, at its core, only a cover up of any underlying issue that may be causing your acne in the first place. It is important to find and address the issue before even considering a procedure of this kind (in fact, non-active acne is a requirement for laser acne scar removal anyway).

 


Acne Scars

Will Acne Reoccur after Laser Treatment?

Now, the main question is whether laser treatments will prevent acne recurrence or not. One cannot guarantee that but laser treatments assure a visible reduction in the intensity of acne in the later stages of life as the existing acne pores and the damaged tissues are sealed and healed. Simultaneously the sebaceous glands are closed leaving the skin free from scars. Laser also does away with the outer layers of the skin and promotes new cell growth.

Laser technology has indeed transformed the way health care practitioners treat acne. This has made laser treatments quite affordable. These treatments do not involve creams or lotions and are hassle free in many ways.

Another alternative to laser treatments is surgically removing the acne crusts with a lesion separately. This is a time consuming process but is relatively safe and without any side effects. Once the matter inside the acne is removed, the healing process starts automatically.


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Comments
  • Pooja12 Feb 2013
    I have read a lot of about how effective laser treatment is. But I guess it can dangerous for the skin. Please let me know how laser rays can affect my skin.
  • Bhavana09 Jan 2013
    I am 22 years old, I have acne scars and tiny pores all over my cheeks. I have acne scars and pimples on my back too...should I undergo laser treatment? if yes, then what type of laser treatment should I take-up? Can u please suggest a good skin care clinic in MYSORE...please, its urgent!!
  • Pritam08 Dec 2012
    hello ... Am suffering from pimple marks on my face and on my back from past 6 years..am planning to go for laser treatment in a certified care centre in and around Bangalore.. can anyone suggest me places and total cost in Bangalore
  • sabrina26 Oct 2012
    I have undergone ivf is it laser safe for me i have scars n wating for blood for conformation
  • neha08 Oct 2012
    for acne scars use Melagard in the monring or day .and for pimples in night you can apply Retinol Creams 0.5gm
  • achal06 Sep 2012
    thanx for this info
  • sushmita06 Sep 2012
    is this true?
  • vishal sharma16 Aug 2012
    mere face par thode pimples h or kuch nishan pad gaye h m inhe kis way se dur kar sakta ho agar m laser treatment karao to iska charge kya hoga face skin m koi or to problem nhi hogi jaise swelling or face ka lal hona
  • vishal sharma16 Aug 2012
    mere face par thode pimples h or kuch nishan pad gaye h m inhe kis way se dur kar sakta ho agar m laser treatment karao to iska charge kya hoga face skin m koi or to problem nhi hogi jaise swelling or face ka lal hona
  • Ranjnah 15 Aug 2012
    hie..i have pimples and marks all over the face, i would like to remove by laser treatment. please tell me ..is this safe?..and how much costly it is?...
  • Aryan30 Jul 2012
    not tht costly its Rs 1500 in Patna dont know about others
  • Aryan30 Jul 2012
    not tht costly its Rs 1500 in Patna dont know about others
  • kanyashri17 Jul 2012
    you told that it is expensive. how much it will cost?. please inform me.
  • kanyashri17 Jul 2012
    you told that it is expensive. how much it will cost?. please inform me.
  • kanyashri17 Jul 2012
    you told that it is expensive. how much it will cost?. please inform me.
  • subhankar sarkar13 Jun 2012
    . what is the charge of this laser treatment.( is this costly?) PLEASE TELL ME.
  • charmaine malepa27 Feb 2012
    my 20 year old daughter has some acne marks on he chicks and forehead, she would like to remove them by laser.is it safe and will the acne not develop later on.are the any side effects to this process?
  • rajat04 Dec 2011
    hello.. 1. mere face par acne hone ki vajah se skin par bahut jayda daag ho gaye h. 2. and meri skin bahut bejan aur kali bhi ho gayi. 3. acne hone se face ki skin par chhote chhote ghadde (chhed) bhi ho gaye h. 4. meri skin bahut oily hone ki vajh se koi creem shot nhi karti. 5. what is the charge of this laser treatment.( is this costly?) PLEASE TELL ME. THANK YOU..