When patients have spent years dealing with aggressive types of acne such as cystic acne, they may have permanent reminders long after the acne has been treated. Often patients who have had aggressive, chronic acne in the past may notice that their skin has poor texture such as pitting due to acne scars.
Many of our patients often ask about the laser treatments available to get rid of acne scars. Lasers are a great options for most patients and can be used for skin resurfacing which can help with the appearance of acne scars.
Some patients will find that laser skin resurfacing can provide amazing results and can be used in conjunction with other acne scar solutions such as skin care products and dermal fillers. Southeastern Dermatology offers many types of acne scar laser treatments depending on the severity of the acne scars.
Clear + Brilliant
Clear + Brilliant is a pioneer laser resurfacing technology that can help treat acne scars. Clinical studies highlight less fine lines, reduced appearance of pores, and improvement to skin tone and texture. The 30 minute laser treatment creates hundreds of thousands of microscopic treatment zones in the upper layers of the skin and replaces damaged skin with healthy looking tissue.
Picosure Focus Array
Picosure Focus by Cynosure is the world's first picosecond aesthetic laser-optimal wavelengths for treating the skin's overall revitalization. The lens array creates microscopic reactions in the top layer of skin that communicate with the dermic to increase collagen and elastin production.
Patients who are dealing with acne scars will first want to address their active acne. Working closely with the dermatologist and licensed aesthetician, a personalized treatment plan will be created to clear the skin. They may start with over-the-counter or prescription grade products to address the bacteria on the skin, or oil production, which may be contributing factors to the active acne condition.
One option for treating acne scars is a DiamondGlow facial. This completely customizable treatment works for all skin types and textures. The 3 in 1 facial exfoliates to uncover renewed skin, extracts to deeply cleanse the skin and remove debris from pores, and infuses the skin with a specialized SkinMedica serum.
While DiamondGlow is not a laser treatment, it can be an effective option for treating acne scars as well as active acne. One hundred percent of patients noted immediate satisfaction in receiving a deep clean, having firmer skin, and a more radiant glow.
Once active acne is under control, the acne scars can be addressed with Morpheus8, which incorporates microneedling and fractionated radio frequency technology. During a Morpheus8 procedure, microscopic needles puncture the skin to create microwounds which stimulate collagen production and skin rejuvenation. Additionally, the fractionatied RF energy heats the tissue to tighten the skin.
Other treatments such as dermal fillers, retinols, chemical peels, SkinPen, and Clear + Brilliant can also help reduce the appearance of acne scarring. These options can be discussed during a consultation with Dr. Doppelt and his team.
Patients in the Knoxville area who are interested in learning about the acne scar laser treatments Southeastern Dermatology offers and which acne scar least treatment is best for their specific needs are welcome to contact the team to set up an appointment.