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Acne scars cure..Natural or laser treatment?

Acne scars cure..Natural or laser treatment?

Acne is complex: The cause of acne is elusive and so is the treatment. I am not aware of any natural cures other than avoiding food which may precipitate an attack. Lasers are not typically used for active disease but more for scarring. "ilght therapy" may be effective and so is pdt with ala. ...Read more

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Scarring (Definition)

A scar is the result of the body healing. It is the end product of a long cascade of signals and cellular repair that takes approximately a year to complete, and a lifetime to maintain. It is a normal process that occurs whenever ...Read more


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Is laser treatment recommended for macular scarring (acne scarring)?

Is laser treatment recommended for macular scarring (acne scarring)?

It si one on many: There are options for acne scaring you can have medical grade peels performed at a doctors office to slowly remove outer layers and stimulate collagen at the dermis, THese have little downtime You can have a laser resurfacing. you may need several it goes as deep or deeper than the peel but you will have about a week downtime and slightly red for a few more. Speak to a good dermatologist ...Read more

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Topical treatment for acne scars?

Topical treatment for acne scars?

Fading creams: The gold standard for lightening dark marks is hydroquinone. You can purchase fading creams that contain 2-3% hydroquinone without a prescription (ambi, atra, porcelana, nadinola, to name a few). You should also be careful to protect your skin with sunscreen, as sun will make dark marks darker. Stronger prescription fading creams and chemical peels exist. Pitted scars require laser resurfacing. ...Read more

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Laser skin resurfacing--reimbursed if acne scars?

Laser skin resurfacing--reimbursed if acne scars?

Usually not: Insurance typically will help with the management and control of acne infections, but do not often pay for the care of the scarring that results. ...Read more

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Is laser treatment effective for acne scar removal?

Is laser treatment effective for acne scar removal?

Yes: The improvment of the acne scars by laser depends on the type of scar and the patients skin type. The atrophic acne scars are improved by the fracional co2 or erbium lasers, but the ice-pick and box car type scarring is not improved much. Your need to seem and experience dermatological laser surgeon for evaluation. ...Read more

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Does dermabrasion help cure acne scarring?

Depends on Severity: Dermabrasion was once the best treatment for acne scars, but it often took a long time for the skin to heal and the treatment can leave scars or permanent lightening of the skin. The newest treatment is with fractionated co2 laser which is more effective, less likely to cause scarring and patients have less downtime. ...Read more

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Is laser acne removal effective?

Yes: Both lasers and fillers have worked remarkably well. Remember that you have a choice; some hollywood leading men like the scars and the "tough guy" character they give. I know you will make the right decision for yourself. ...Read more

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Which is better for acne atrophic scars: fraxel laser or dermabrasion?

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Which is better for acne atrophic scars: fraxel laser or dermabrasion?

The: The outcome from fraxel treatment is usually much more pronounced and more controlled than dermabrasion and microdermabrsion will not have much effect on the deeper layers of the skin. ...Read more

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Is the Argon laser beneficial for hypertrophic acne scars?

Is the Argon laser beneficial for hypertrophic acne scars?

Derm.: Argon laser not usually utilized for hypertrophic acne scarring. Successful treatment of acne scarring requires not only an understanding of appropriate treatments for different scar types, but also skilled execution of the procedure by the physician. See a cosmetic dermatologist for best evaluation. ...Read more

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Does laser scar removal for acne scars really work?

Does laser scar removal for acne scars really  work?

Yes and no: Once a scar has been made, there is currently no technology that can create a scarless area but there are several including lasers which can help. Techniques are dependent on the experience and skill of the practitioner as well as the response of the individual, all a which are highly variable. For best results, seek someone with a lot of experience with your particular problem. ...Read more

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Is micro-dermabrasion effective for acne and acne scarring?

Usually not: Micro-dermabrasion is best suited for removal of dead cells from the skin surface. Does not go deep enough to effectively reduce the depth of scarring or produce an adequate reaction under the skin to help smooth the base. ...Read more

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Does laser scar removal for acne scars work well?

Yes: Both fractionated carbon dioxide and erbium lasers offer significant improvement for scars. The erbium offers faster healing time of 3-4 days and is appropriate for recent or old scars as well as surgical scars. ...Read more

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Best removal method for pitted acne scars?

Best removal method for pitted acne scars?

Acne scar revision: There are many therapies used in acne scar revision, and none is the best. Your scars will be evaluated and classified. A unified approach with multiple therapies will be outlined. Improvement, not perfection, is the goal. ...Read more

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Is fraxel laser treatment also called "ablative laser resurfacing"?

Is fraxel laser treatment also called "ablative laser resurfacing"?

Non- ablative: Fraxel laser treatment delivers the potency of ablative treatments with the gentle safety of non-ablative lasers. So you get the best of both worlds: dramatic results and less downtime. ...Read more

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Does photodynamic laser help acne?

Does photodynamic laser help acne?

Maybe: Don't wash your face with body soap. Also don't use alcohol or comedogenic products on your face. Try to find an acne wash system like neutrogena, pangea organics or something with benzoyl peroxide. Following low sodium diet might help too, since acne-causing bacteria like salt. You can try to prevent spreading bacteria onto your face by not touching your face, washing your phone, etc. ...Read more

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What is laser resurfacing for pitting acne scars like?

What is laser resurfacing for pitting acne scars like?

Excise pitting scars: Laser resurfacing (or for that matter, dermabrasion resurfacing) can improve the overall quality of skin, and even acneiform-scarred skin. Of course, darker pigmented skin is potentially more difficult to treat via resurfacing techniques due to possible hyperpigmentation. Nonetheless, ice pick scars or deep pitting scars, are often best excised first; then resurfacing treatments can follow. ...Read more

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Is microdermabrasion effective for acne and acne scars?

Is microdermabrasion effective for acne and acne scars?

Yes & No: There are two types of acne scars. Craters and ice-pick. The ice-pick scar has sharp borders whereas the crater has smoother borders. Ice-pick variety of scars have to be excised and can be done quite easily with small punch biopsies. The crater variety can be helped with multiple sessions of microdermabrasion. ...Read more

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Dose Microderm abrasion really work for scar removal from acne scars?

Dose Microderm abrasion really work for scar removal from acne scars?

Depends on depth: of scars and your skin type, . Consult a dermatologist for specific opinion. It should help to varying degree. ...Read more

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La mer, mederma, massages, and nothing seems to work for acne scars. Would a laser treatment work?

La mer, mederma, massages, and nothing seems to work for acne scars. Would a laser treatment work?

Fractionated laser : One of the best treatments for acne scarring is fractionated laser. Depending on your skin color, texture and extent of scarring there are different laser options out there. A non-ablative fractionated laser like the fraxel re:store or dual has no real downtime, but requires multiple treatments. A fractionated co2 laser is more aggressive with about a week downtime, but may give faster results. ...Read more

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Acne scars cure..Natural or laser treatment?

Acne is complex: The cause of acne is elusive and so is the treatment. I am not aware of any natural cures other than avoiding food which may precipitate an attack. Lasers are not typically used for active disease but more for scarring. "ilght therapy" may be effective and so is pdt with ala. ...Read more

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Hi! I would like to find out how to effectively get rid of acne & scars. I've considered laser treatment and phototherapy.

Hi! I would like to find out how to effectively get rid of acne & scars. I've considered laser treatment and phototherapy.

Your best option is: to make an appointment with a Board Certified Dermatologist near you. He/she will be able to evaluate your problem and discuss multiple different options for your management. ...Read more

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Is there any laser treatment for acne scars?

Is there any laser treatment for acne scars?

Many: There are many lasers: noninvasive and invasive. Noninvasive lasers help with discolorations (ipl, ktp, nd:yag, alex, ruby, pulsed dye, diode) or collagen remodeling (thermage, titan). Invasive lasers include co2, fractional co2 (activefx, deepfx, totalfx, repair), erbium, fraxel, ematrix. ...Read more

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Have you had laser treatment for acne scars?

Many: It is a common treatment. The co2 fractionated laser is very commonly used for acne scars and does a beautiful job. It entails downtime and requires that you follow instructions carefully. ...Read more

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Is it good for you to get laser treatment for acne scars?

Is it good for you to get laser treatment for acne scars?

May Be: Correct laser treatments for acne scars may help for some patients, but may not help others. Also, on the same patient some scars could get better results than some other scars. ...Read more

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Tell me about laser acne scar treatment?

It works VERY well!: The co2 laser works very well for acne scars of the face. The co2 laser emits invisible energy that is absorbed by the skin, vaporizing a very thin amount of the surface. The laser energy also stimulates production of new collagen. This results in the skin becoming smoother, and ultimately stronger and thicker than before the treatment. It may not get rid of all the scars, but it really helps! ...Read more

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How long would laser treatment for acne scars take?

About an hour: Laser resurfacing for acne scarring usually takes about an hour and in my practice is done with a twilight anesthesia. It will be about ten to fourteen days before a patient will be able to apply makeup. ...Read more

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Can you get laser treatment for acne scars on your face?

Can you get laser treatment for acne scars on your face?

Acne scar options: You can never remove a scar, once present. However, multiple options for improving the appearance of acne scars exist. Depending on your skin and exact circumstances your facial plastic surgeon or dermatologist may recommend laser treatments (including co2, 1550 nm erbium), peels, dermabrasion, or well as topical treatments. Seek a physician with experience. ...Read more

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What is the best type of laser treatment for acne scars?

Fractional laser: Fraxel and fractional co2 are the best choices. Fractional co2 is the more intense resurfacing laser. I would only recommend it for lighter skin. You do one or two sessions and there is about a week to a week and a half downtime with each session. Results are really good, but some people do not have the option of taking this much time off. Fraxel is less downtime but more sessions. ...Read more

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Which type of laser treatment for medium acne scars is the very best?

Which type of laser treatment for medium acne scars is the very best?

Carbon Dioxide laser: A co2 laser is most effective (with regards to lasers) to address moderate acne scars. The treatment can be done by a plastic surgeon or dermatologist who is experienced in lasers. ...Read more

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Is laser treatment effective against making acne scars less prominent?

Is laser treatment effective against making acne scars less prominent?

Yes: The fractionated lasers like co2 will improve acne scars, a good result is 50% reduction so they are rarely completely removed. ...Read more

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Is there anything similar to laser treatment for home use on acne scars?

Not likely useful: I have seen many of these products advertised in the skymall magazine and other miscellaneous infomercials and shopping networks but I am quite skeptical about their effectiveness. ...Read more

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Is there something similar to laser treatment for home use on acne scars?

Is there something similar to laser treatment for home use on acne scars?

No: Nothing's going to help with depressed acne scars of any subtype except the lasers, fillers or microsurgery that some dermatologists and plastic surgeons can use. I'm sorry you ended up with scars in the first place; all acne is manageable nowadays and it's unfortunate that yours was neglected. ...Read more

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I want to have a fraxel laser treatment on my severe acne scars. Is this effective?

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Fraxel for acne scar: The fraxel laser is very effective for treating acne scars if used aggressively. It requires several treatments but you can go to work without any downtime. For faster results in one treatment with downtime use the pixel or fractionated co2 laser or the erbium lasers. ...Read more

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What to do if I have deep acne scar.should I go with laser treatment for removing those scars?

Multiple: The resurfacing lasers may help, in general a50% improvement is considered very positive. Fractionated co2 lasers and other s like profractional may help. Deep chemical peels by a properly trained MD may help as well ...Read more

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What do you suggest if I have deep acne scar.Should i go with laser treatment for removing those scars?

What do you suggest if I have deep acne scar.Should i go with laser treatment for removing those scars?

It depends.: It depends on the scar. If you have diffuse, irregular scars, and erbium or CO2 laser would help. If you have flexible scars that come to the surface when stretched, then filler materials like hyaluronic acid can help. Other lasers can help with red scars. Ice-pick, deep scars can be removed surgically. ...Read more

Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Acne (Definition)

A common skin condition that causes red or white raised pimples, especially on the face, chest and back. Caused when the sebaceous glands in the skin ...Read more


Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
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Pimples (Definition)

A pimple is a small inflamed spot on the skin. Also known as zit, ...Read more