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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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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Acne (Definition)

Acne is one of the most common skin conditions. It affects about 80% of adolescents. Acne starts as a blockage of the sebaceous glands followed by inflammation. It occurs in areas where there are lots of sebaceous glands, such as the face back and chest. The hallmarks of the condition are blackheads, whiteheads (closed comedones), papules, pustules, cysts, nodules, and sometimes scarring. There are numerous treatments available, both topical and systemic. The most commonly used are benzoyl peroxide, retinoids, and antibiotics ...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?

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?

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?

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

Dr. M. Christine Lee
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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


Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
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Pimples (Definition)

Pimples are a kind of acne, and are a condition where oil gets trapped in a pore of the skin resulting in small area of ...Read more