Acne scars are a result of inflammation in the skin surrounding a pimple. The body responds to a breakout as an injury, blood is rushed to the area to try and repair this wound, when the pimple is fully alleviated, a lingering stain in the form of dark red or a brown spot may remain. Most textural damage such as ice pick and box car scars that resemble small to large holes in the skin tend to be related to cystic acne or acne vulgaris. The inflammation is much deeper and more severe in this type of acne that it actually eats away at the collagen fibers below, when it fully heals the result is a devastating divot in the skin. You can get acne scars from pimples, pustules, blackheads or whiteheads that have been improperly extracted or extracted too soon. Brown spots also known as post inflammatory hyper-pigmentation most commonly happen in darker skin tones such as Asian, African American or Hispanic due to their more abundant source of melanin in the skin. If you have experience acne in the past but haven’t treated it properly to reduce inflammation and gently heal the injury then the side effect is a complete breakdown of the collagen resulting in a hole in the skin.
Getting rid of acne scars takes time and dedication to a consistent regime of laser and chemical peel treatments. In approximately 6 months the beauticians can produce significant improvements by lightening acne dark spots and smoothing out the texture of pock mar. To achieve the best result, the most aggressive strategy is to treat acne scars with Fractional CO2 Laser. It is the most aggressive treatment for acne because it ablates hundreds of precise micro-columns into the skin in a grid-like pattern. This process forces an aggressive skin renewal process. The Fractional CO2 Laser process thickens the skin which lessens the depth of pockmarks and ice pick scars from past cystic acne. The fractional CO2 laser delivers light that creates many tiny holes in the surface of the skin. The laser only targets a small portion of the skin leaving most of the skin intact. The untreated healthy skin that surrounds the vaporised tissue stimulates accelerated collagen product and promotes skin healing.
During your treatment , before you lay down in front of your beautician to get a Fractional CO2 Laser, it is important to understand what’s included in the treatment. To begin with, the anesthetic cream is applied to the target area before the treatment，about 30 minutes， while the treatment lasts for15-20minutes. The treatment involves the fractional CO2 laser that’s applied to the target area in the form of a scanning pattern. It will remove the damaged skin. When these skin cells are removed, the microthermal zones are activated and produced and will impact the deeper skin layer. As a result, the natural healing process of the body will be activated and collagen production will be improved. Consequently, the damaged skin will be replaced by healthy and new skin. If you have to go for the treatment, it is suggested that you avoid skincare products with retinoids, and sun exposure should be avoided. Moreover, you have to stop taking vitamin E, aspirin, and ibuprofen as it extends the clotting. Last but not least, always have a consultation session with your doctor or beautician because it helps assess if you are fit for the treatment or not!
Fractional CO2 laser is a safe and effective modality for the treatment of epidermal pigmentation and wrinkles associated with photoaging, melasma, and acne scars. Fractional CO2 laser treatment may be used to resurface any nonfacial part of the body, but is particularly useful on the neck, chest, and hands. For selected applications, fractional laser treatments may have greater efficacy than some other nonablative modalities, however they have a similar, limited downtime. In short, this is a good choice for acne scars removal.