You Don't Have to Live With Acne Scars

Severe acne causes pitting and skin pigmentation issues because new cysts come hard and fast, before your body has a chance to fully heal previous outbreaks. Your natural healing systems can’t lay down a proper collagen/elastin matrix to support your skin, leading to the bumps and pock marks that linger after active outbreaks stop. This leaves your skin with an uneven surface and red discoloration.

Aggressive chemical peels and dermabrasion facials can often improve the appearance of acne-ravaged skin, but there’s significant recovery time involved with the procedures that produce the best results. These need to get down to the middle skin layers, and the only way past your surface skin is to take it, too. While this promotes even healing, few of us can take weeks away from our daily schedules.

The laser treatment advantage

If there was a way to bypass damage to the outer skin and address the condition of the middle layer directly, then recovery time could be measured in minutes rather than weeks. This is where cosmetic lasers come in.

Lasers emit light that’s tuned to a single wavelength, and this is where the magic of laser skin treatments happens. The intensity of lasers transfers significant energy to skin tissue that absorbs the tuned wavelength.

Lasers and skin discoloration

With many skin types, the outer surface of your skin is effectively transparent to the light from cosmetic lasers, but the pigment discolorations and collagen in the middle layer aren’t. The laser energy breaks up dark and red skin pigments, which are then absorbed and eliminated naturally by your body.

It’s not an instant “zap and it’s gone” procedure. Once disrupted, it takes time for this pigment to filter out, and in some cases more than one treatment may be needed, but most people see improvements along the way.

Lasers and acne scars

Laser light is also absorbed into the collagen/elastin matrix in the middle layer of your skin. Here, absorption raises the temperature of this tissue, but only about 10 degrees above body temperature. Again, your outer skin absorbs little energy, and most cosmetic laser systems feature a cooling system to minimize the warming on your outer skin.

When the collagen tissue reaches its coagulation point, your body perceives this tissue as damaged and starts a remove-and-repair process. Essentially, the cosmetic laser simulates injury to your skin to jump-start parts of your body’s healing response, but it does this without damage to surface skin.

A new collagen/elastin matrix forms, replacing the pitted and uneven matrix that formed when your acne was active. As with skin pigmentation issues, you may need more than one treatment, depending on the type, depth and severity of your scarring.

Customized laser treatment for acne

Because each patient has different skin and varying aftereffects from acne outbreaks, there’s not a one-size-fits-all laser solution. Every treatment can be matched to your specific skin condition, including your combination of scarring and pigmentation. The best part is that many laser treatments permit you to return to your daily activities immediately, with no downtime or signs of treatment. Over the next few days and weeks, natural healing progresses.

Expert, individual attention maximizes the benefits you’ll see from laser treatment of acne scarring. Contact PerfectSK Medical Laser Center by phone or online to schedule your skin consultation today.

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