Acne scarring is one of the most common skin conditions that people want to remove. Acne affects both teenagers and adults, and is the most common skin issue in America, affecting over 40 million people. When left untreated, severe acne outbreaks can lead to scarring. Acne scars are unsightly and do not clear up on their own. Luckily, Dr. Melda Isaac at MI Skin Dermatology in Washington, DC has lasers that can perform skin damage elimination. Laser skin resurfacing is one of the best ways to get rid of acne scars, along with microneedling and chemical peels. Laser skin resurfacing can lead to brighter, clearer skin with greatly reduced acne scars!
Skin Damage Elimination
Lasers for the skin come in two types: ablative and non-ablative. Ablative lasers are more invasive and actually damage the skin in order to promote collagen production and speed the skin’s healing process, while non-ablative lasers penetrate the skin but do not damage it. Both types have their pros and cons, and both can be used to help eliminate acne scars.
CO2 fractional laser resurfacing is an ablative laser which is great for acne scars. It will require five to seven days of recovery time, but results can be seen in just one or two sessions. Fraxel Re:pair and Active/Deep FX are both CO2 fractional lasers. Fraxel Re:store is a popular laser treatment option that requires much less downtime. Results from Fraxel Re:store can be seen following a series of three to five treatments, with weekend downtime following each session. Erbium laser resurfacing is another option with less recovery time. The E-Matrix fractional radio frequency treatment uses radiofrequency instead of light to penetrate the dermis and stimulate collagen production, resulting in the reduction of acne scars.
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