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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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Acne Scar (Definition)

Acne scars are much deeper than the 2 dimensional blemish on the surface. The collagen fibers may extend through the subcutaneous fat to pull the surface down toward the underlying fascial layers. This creates the three dimensional "pit" common ...Read more


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Does laser scar removal for acne scars work well?

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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How many visits is laser scar removal for face acne?

How many visits is laser scar removal for face acne?

One or more: Fractionated laser will offer improvement in only one visits, although repeated sessions at least one month apart will offer greater improvement-50-70 per cent overall improvement. ...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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Would acne laser surgery remove my acne for good?

Would acne laser surgery remove my acne for good?

No: Even in the 21st century, acne can only be managed until it self-cures on its own. If topical benzoyl peroxide 5% 2x/day hasn't cleared you in two weeks, your personal physician will work with you to find the right prescription-strength treatment. If you're offered isotretinoin, it will clear you for at least several months though it's not for the faint-hearted. ...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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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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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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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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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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Could the co2 fractional laser resurfacing really work for acne scars?

Could the co2 fractional laser resurfacing really work for acne scars?

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 more

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When is laser surgery used for acne scarring?

When is laser surgery used for acne scarring?

Inactive acne: When the acne is under control, depressed facial scars or raised back scars are very responsive to fractionated laser. The healing is fast and predictable. Repeat sessions increase improvement. ...Read more

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

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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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Can dermabrasion work for acne scars?

Can dermabrasion work for acne scars?

Yes but not the best: Dear abrasion can certainly work but there are more precise means. My favorite is a combination of a fractionated(not co2) erbium laser for full thickness treatment combined with a full coverage superficial erbium treatment. ...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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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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How effective is laser resurfacing for acne?

How effective is laser resurfacing for acne?

Wrong choice: Laser resurfacing fixes acne scars, not acne. For acne scars, it can work great. It usually takes more than one treatment, and it takes time to see the results, but it works well. Other lasers and ipl devices can be used to treat acne. The procedures are not the same or even similar. If somebody tells you that a single treatment will do both, run away. ...Read more

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How old should you be to have laser surgery for acne scars?

How old should you be to have laser surgery for acne scars?

Age isn't main issue: Generally ablative laser treatments that remove tissue are recommended after active acne breakouts have stopped. This often doesn't occur until late teen years or after (parental consent may be required). Ablative laser treatments should be delayed for at least one year after Accutane use. A variety of other laser/light treatments for active acne can help control breakouts and reduce scarring. ...Read more

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How old do you have to be to have laser surgery for removing your acne scars?

How old do you have to be to have laser surgery for removing your acne scars?

When breakouts stop: First lasers do not remove scars, acne or otherwise. Treat for acne scarring can be done when the break out have stopped. ...Read more

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When is laser surgery used for acne scarring?

Inactive acne: When the acne is under control, depressed facial scars or raised back scars are very responsive to fractionated laser. The healing is fast and predictable. Repeat sessions increase improvement. ...Read more

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Can I have a laser surgery treatment for acne and scars on my face without any side effect ?

Can I have a laser surgery treatment for acne and scars on my face without any side effect ?

Not likely: Every treatment has some side effects. The experience and skill of the surgeon and the cooperation of the patient in following post operative instructions all play a role in mitigating side effects. ...Read more

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I have grade 4 acne and and my face had loads of acne scars..Can u suggest creams to clear them? I don't want laser treatment or surgery

I have grade 4 acne and and my face had loads of acne scars..Can u suggest creams to clear them? I don't want laser treatment or surgery

Acne: Treat for acne includes: 1) antibiotics (helps to kill bacteria and reduce inflammation, 2) birth control pills and other medication that help with hormones (can be helpful for women), 3) Isotretinoin (the only treatment that works on all causes of acne. For you i would recommend isotretinoin. ...Read more

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How hard is laser surgery for acne?

Not Difficult: Many of the new lasers for acne are not painful or inconvenient. They have been developed to either reduce the bacterial colony counts, oil gland size, or oil excretion. Clinical trials show improvement with reduction of acne lesional size and number; however, complete clearance is rare. ...Read more

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Would acne laser surgery remove my acne for good?

No: Even in the 21st century, acne can only be managed until it self-cures on its own. If topical benzoyl peroxide 5% 2x/day hasn't cleared you in two weeks, your personal physician will work with you to find the right prescription-strength treatment. If you're offered isotretinoin, it will clear you for at least several months though it's not for the faint-hearted. ...Read more

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For acne laser surgery removal, what should I do?

For acne laser surgery removal, what should I do?

Acne laser: Speak with a dermatologist. I don't believe lasers are the treatment for acne. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a lot of acne is there like laser surgery or something?

What to do if I have a lot of acne is there like laser surgery or something?

Real Rx: Forget the lasers for now and get with your personal physician. If topical benzoyl peroxide 5% 2x/day has not cleared you after two weeks, your personal physician will add prescription-strength meds, or for tough cases refer you to a dermatologist who can write for isotretinoin. You owe it to yourself to make the phone call. Do this before you end up with a lot of scars. ...Read more

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Is there a way to use laser surgery to get rid of acne?

Is there a way to use laser surgery to get rid of acne?

Lasers can help: For moderate acne with red bumps and some white heads, it can work very well with repeated treatments....Ie it is not a cure. For cystic acne it does not work as well for everybody, but it helps. For comedonal acne, ie just black heads...Not very effective. Don't expect a cure, but lasers can help a lot. Combined with a chemical called ala, aka photodynamic therapy, it works even better. ...Read more

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I want go get acne laser surgery, how long will the acne or pimples be away for?

I want go get acne laser surgery, how long will the acne or pimples be away for?

Better options: You'd do much better to manage your acne with scientific medication. The lasers promoted on the websites aren't magic. Get with your personal physician, because if you have to ask, you'll need a prescription-strength combination therapy. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get surgery for acne scars?

Is it possible to get surgery for acne scars?

Yes: Type of scarring will dictate your best treatment options. Sometimes fillers, fat grafting, surgical excision or sanding of the sites are chosen. Occasionally use of laser resurfacing and chemical peels (medium to deep) are recommended. ...Read more

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Please help! what is the most successfull type of surgery for acne & scars ?

Excision: It all depends on the scar, but excising (surgically removing) the scar can be one of the more succesful treatments for severe scars. ...Read more

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Hello docs, is 17 young enough to have acne scar surgery?

Hello docs, is 17 young enough to have acne scar surgery?

Young enough?: I'm really sorry you ended up with acne scars. It must have been severe, and it should have been managed like any other serious, chronic disease. You're basically grown-up now, and you need to be under the care of a competent physician for acne until it self-cures. Once it's managed, surgery for the scars is your choice. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Can i get laser resurfacing for acne scars if i still have acne?

Best to wait: It is best to have the acne under control before doing scar treatment. See your dermatologist and get the acne clear and then plan on a treatment for the acne scars. ...Read more

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What is BBL fotofacial laser? And is it good for acne and acne scars?

What is BBL fotofacial laser? And is it good for acne and acne scars?

BBL laser: BBL treatments may help with acne, as well as red and brown pigmentation issues, and skin rejuvenation. It will not address acne scarring. Other lasers may better help with the concerns of acne related scarring ...Read more

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Which is a better way for acne scar fraxel laser, erbiume laser or infini?

Which is a better way for acne scar fraxel laser, erbiume laser or infini?

About same: These lasers fraxil is fractionated thus leaving behind islands of healthy skin to promote faster healing and les down time. THe erbium should be fractionated as well , ask your MD because older units are not. These lasers will vaporize to the dermis which will allow for complete rebuilding of the skin and a reduction of the scars. They likely wont go away 100% but you may get a 50% reduction. ...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