Laser & Microneedling For Acne Scars

Laser treatment is also referred to as laser skin resurfacing or laser scar revision. By combining laser with RF Microneedling, it is an ideal treatment for acne scars.

Smooth Out Your Skin: Potenza and PicoSure Treatments for Acne Scars

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Treatments for Acne Scars

There are many treatments available for acne scars. There are chemical peels, microdermabrasion, topical retinoids, ablative lasers, acne scar surgery, microneedling, fractional lasers and rf microneedling for acne scars.

A scar is composed of fibrous tissue. Scars may be formed for many reasons, including acne, infections, surgery, injuries, or tissue inflammation. 

We will discuss two of the best treatments for acne scars, fractional laser and rf microneedling, that we offer our patients at Laser Skin Clinic.

Types of acne scars

Rolling scars: Rolling acne scars have a varying depths, so the skin looks uneven and wavy

Boxcar scars: Boxcar scars are box-like, broad depressions with sharply defined edges.  They occur most commonly in the lower cheeks and jaw, where the skin is thicker.

Ice-Pick scars: Acne and chickenpox can create pitted or sunken scars. Pitted scars, also known as atrophic or “ice-pick” scars, can also develop because of an injury that causes a loss of underlying fat.

 

The PicoSure FOCUS Lens Array is a fantastic, rejuvenating treatment that can address many skin conditions, including acne scars, age spots, and fine lines and wrinkles. FOCUS creates tiny photomechanical reactions communicating with the dermis, causing increased collagen and elastin.

PICOSURE LASER TREATMENT FOR ACNE SCARS

The PicoSure laser is the only one approved by the FDA for acne scars treatment. PicoSure uses short bursts of picosecond energy that break up the scar tissue into tiny pieces, which the body reabsorbs. This treatment can permanently reduce the appearance of acne scars.  We recommend Picosure for milder scars. For deep icepick scars, we recommend our Potenza RF microneedling treatment.

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POTENZA RF MICRONEEDLING FOR ACNE SCARS

RF microneedling refers to a relatively new treatment that combines radiofrequency energy with microneedling.  RF microneedling is efficacious for the treatment of moderate to severe acne scarring.

 

How does RF Microneedling Work?

RF Microneedling is a combined treatment using microneedling and radiofrequency energy waves.   Microneedling has been around for a while.  The procedure uses tiny needles to puncture the upper layer of the skin surface.  Injury to the skin causes collagen production to increase.  The collagen helps even out the skin texture, making the acne scars appear smoother.   

Combining radiofrequency energy with microneedling makes the results even more impressive than just microneedling alone.  With the RF microneedling treatment, the skin is penetrated by tiny needles at a precise depth before releasing a burst of radiofrequency energy. 

As the radiofrequency energy heats the dermis layer of the skin, it stimulates the production of collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid. It is ideal for skin tightening and removing fine lines and wrinkles.

The main advantage of RF microneedling is treating all skin types. Because it is not a laser, no light energy needs to stimulate melanin. Therefore all skin colours, including dark skin, is suitable for this treatment.

Radiofrequency microneedling for acne is safe, effective, and non-invasive compared to ablative lasers. 

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Q & A ON LASER TREATMENT FOR ACNE SCARS

Is PicoSure laser for acne scars any good?

Yes, in fact, the PicoSure is the only FDA approved laser for treating acne scars.  At Laser Skin Clinic, we offer the PicoSure treatment for acne scars.

How does laser work on acne scars?

The laser targets the affected area with a beam of concentrated light at a specific energy level. This focused energy stimulates the tissue, essentially triggering it to repair. Over time, after multiple procedures, the scar’s pigment will appear more and more like the surrounding skin. At best, laser therapy can altogether remove acne scars. At the very least, this treatment option can significantly reduce their appearance.

Is laser treatment good for trauma, burns, or surgery scars?

Laser treatment is effective at treating trauma, burns, or surgery scars. The laser can reduce a scar’s appearance and minimize pain and itching. Laser treatment can also prevent spots from forming after surgery. Lasers can help stimulate new, healthy skin growth. Although laser treatment cannot altogether remove scars, it can make them less noticeable. Laser treatment combined with PRP micro-needling improves the outcome even more.

What should I do before my laser treatment for scars?

  • Quit smoking for at least two weeks before laser treatment.
  • Stop taking aspirin, vitamin E, and other medications and supplements that can delay healing.
  • Avoid the sun, tanning bed, or sunlamp. You cannot be treated if you have a tan or sunburn.
  • Stop using skin care products that contain a retinoid or glycolic acid for 2 to 4 weeks.

How soon will I see results after laser?

It can take several months to see the results from laser scar treatment, and you may notice little improvement at first.

How often should I do PicoSure for acne scars?

We recommend doing a minimum of 3 treatments spaced approximately one month apart for best results.

Q & A ON RF MICRONEEDLING FOR ACNE SCARS

Is RF microneedling good for acne scars?

Yes, both radiofrequency and microneedling are an ideal combination to treat acne and acne scars.  Combining the two increases the production of collagen and elastin, resulting in the remodelling of scar tissue, which causes smoother texture and less noticeable acne scars.  According to NCBI, “microneedling fractional radiofrequency is efficacious for the treatment of moderate and severe acne scars.”

What should I do before my rf microneedling treatment for scars?

  • Quit smoking for at least two weeks before rf microneedling treatment.
  • Stop taking aspirin, vitamin E, and other medications and supplements that can delay healing.
  • Avoid the sun, tanning bed, or sunlamp. You cannot be treated if you have a tan or sunburn.
  • Stop using skin care products that contain a retinoid or glycolic acid for 2 to 4 weeks.

How soon will I see results after rf microneedling for acne scars?

Collagen takes time to build.  It can take several months to see the results from rf microneedling for acne scars.

How often should I do rf microneedling for acne scars?

We recommend doing a minimum of 3 treatments spaced approximately one month apart for best results.

Summary

For the treatment of acne scars, laser resurfacing is a popular option. There are various varieties of acne scars, including ice pick, boxcar, and raised acne scars. Before beginning treatment, it is crucial to identify the type of scar and the patient’s skin type in order to determine the optimal course of action.

Salicylic acid and alpha-hydroxy acids are common components in acne scar-treating skin care products and treatments. Additionally, chemical peels can be used to remove the top layer of dead skin cells, thereby encouraging the development of new, healthy skin. These treatments can be effective, but they may cause redness and irritation as adverse effects.

Laser resurfacing can remove scar tissue and stimulate collagen production in the case of more severe acne lesions. To ensure the best possible outcome, it is essential to discuss the potential adverse effects of these treatments with a qualified provider and to adhere to all aftercare instructions.

With the correct treatments and skin care, you can diminish the appearance of acne scars and achieve skin that appears smoother and healthier.

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