A 21-year-old female asked:
what are side effects of laser skin resurfacing for acne scars? should it be avoided for its side effects? is it considered a cosmetic operation?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Ed Friedlander answered
43 years experience Pathology
It's worth it: Please forgive my frankness. Acne scars are a serious liability especially for a young woman. There's no "right" or "wrong" but this is a fact of life. I'm very sorry that your acne was not treated as it should have been. Be sure you acne is now under control -- your physician can help -- and continue this cosmetic, important procedure, ignoring the scare stories you read online.
Answered on Oct 24, 2017
Dr. Glenn Messina answered
34 years experience Aesthetic Medicine
Depends: If the scars are bothering you the laser resurfacing with something like a fractionated co2 laser can help but there is a little downtime . In general a good result is considered 505 reduction of scars and may need several treatments. Side effects include developing infections bacterial , viral and fungal so you have to follow post care instruction. Also scar and pigment changes see a physician
Answered on Oct 6, 2016
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