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Dermabrasion Laser Resurfacing Acne Scars
Dermabrasion is a surgical procedure designed to gently remove the outer layers of skin. It is commonly performed to improve the appearance of the skin, camouflage scars, and remove irregularities of the skin. A brush or diamond fraise is commonly used for this procedure ...Read more
Result/Laser/acne/Tx: At about 2 weeks.Get a more detailed answer ›
I have indented acne scars. Is laser resurfacing the only option or are other alternatives available?
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
Yes: Fractional lasers can do a nice job of improving acne scars. I generally treat bad acne scars with a combination treatment, including laser, PRP and sometimes subcision (for the deep ice picks) or fillers/fat transfer. For scarring that is not so severe I will generally start with a course of Laser Genesis (about 5-6 treatments). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How can I get some insight with laser resurfacing for acne scars (had severe cystic acne when I was younger)?
What is the difference between a chemical peel and laser resurfacing? What is better for purple/red acne scars?
Peel versus laser: Chemical peels use an acid to chemically damage the outer layers of the skin. Lasers also damage the skin using light energy, there is a new laser that emits a pattern of laser energy in the skin, it can be done with numbing cream on the face. Purple /red scars are still active and a probably are best treated with steeroids. ...Read more
Can I get repeat co2 laser treatments for different problems? For example, if I treat acne scars now, will I still be able to get co2 laser resurfacing for wrinkles later? .
I did eribium laser for my acne scars I got more scars. I don't want to go for laser treatments. I want to do dermabraison for my acne scars. Helpful?
Depends: It really depends on he size and distribution of the scars. Dermabrasion and chemical peels (possibly retinoid topical) can help with finer scars but for bigger scars may have to consider laser or deeper peels such as co2 peels - please see a cosmetics dermatologist/plastics surgeon. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is dermabrasion something you have to do more than once? I'd like to smooth out my skin, which has a lot of acne scars, and I'm wondering if dermabrasion is something i'll need to have done multiple time, or just once? Will the scars return if I only have
Neither: Neither dermabrasion, nor fraxel laser re-surfacing will remove acne scars completely, with one session. They can make the scars less noticable, when done properly. Further improvement can be obtained, with a repeat session, if these are crater shaped scars. Pitted and keloid scars do not respond well to these methods. A combination therapeutic approach is usually best, if there is a mix of scar types. Punched out and pitted scars can be removed surgically, or with cross method, while bound down scars are treated with subcision. Shallow, crater scars can benefit from dermabrasion or laser re-surfacing. These options, and risks of each, are best discussed with your dermatologist, after he/she does a thorough history and physical exam. ...Read more
Often very good: Mechanical dermabrasion (not microdermabrasion) can provide a "plane" removal of the acne scar edges, smoothing and flattening of the scar depressions. Better on scars that are crater-like (pox scar example) than deep "pit" type scars (called ice pick types). May require more than a single treatment, as there are limits to depth. New skin from oil & sweat glands and hair follicle to resurface. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes: Depends on the age of the patient, the pattern of scars and the skin type. Some scars can be injected with filling agents. Bound down scars must first be 'released' (subcision) before fillers or tissue grafts can be effective. Isolated scars can be excised. If there are many scars and the skin is lax, facelift can be helpful. Fractionated lasers and dermabrasion encourage new collagen production. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
For acne scars im planning to go for dermabrasion, where can I go in kerala, how much cost for american?
Difficult: Depends on the nature and depth of the scarring. If minor, then use of resurfacing lasers and medium to deep chemical peels will help. If scars are "ice-pick" in nature, even deep mechanical dermabrasion is not totally effective. Most treat with deeper mechanical abrasion to provide a "planing" effect versus the surface change of microdermabrasion. See medical care. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Is a procedure used to smooth the skin and remove pigmentation irregularities. Co2 and erbium lasers are the most common modalities. If you are considering laser skin resurfacing, you should also research chemical peels and dermabrasion. Sometime these alternatives ...Read more