Does Laser Treatment Help with Acne and Acne Scarring?

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Almost every single person in the U.S. has had to deal with acne at some point in their life. It mostly occurs during the teen and early adult years and is characterized by oily skin and pimples. For many people, it’s a rite of passage from puberty into adulthood that eventually clears up and goes away.

However, some people will suffer from very severe acne breakouts that makes them feel like their skin is a literal war zone. Pot marks, sensitive skin, and even scarring can occur and cause self-confidence issues. For these people, the over-the-counter acne medications you can find at any given drug store are useless and don’t work.

The good news is that medical science and technology have advanced and converged to the point where doctors can use specially designed lasers to help treat acne and acne scarring.

We’re going to take a look at the Sciton Laser treatment and how it’s helping millions of people get their acne breakouts under control and treat the horrible scarring that can occur along with it.

What Causes Acne?

The American Academy of Dermatology estimates that around 50 million Americans suffer from acne on an annual basis. Hormones, oily skin, and even diet can cause acne to start to form. Whiteheads, blackheads, and even painful lumps can also develop.

While the majority of acne occurs in the facial area, it can also be present on the upper back, forehead, and shoulder area. If left untreated, acne can cause scarring and self-esteem issues. Unless treated, the scarring can be permanent and cause the face and other parts of the body to look like there are a bunch of little craters on it.

What is Acne Scarring?

The problem with severe acne is that its effects will continue to plague someone long after the acne has disappeared. Scarring on the face where the acne once was can start to develop if the breakout is serious enough. It usually takes the form of small little craters that look like pot marks. The reason scarring occurs is due to the acne breakout deeply penetrating the skin and damaging the underlying facial tissue.

While there are many over-the-counter treatments for acne scarring, they tend not to work very well. In many cases, they only cover up the scars but don’t treat or get rid of them completely. To remove scarring from severe acne breakouts, many people are turning to laser therapy.

Sciton Laser to Treat Acne Scarring

Sciton® MicroLaserPeel™ Skin Resurfacing treatment is an excellent way to help reduce the appearance of acne, acne scars, and other skin blemishes. It’s very similar to a chemical peel, but without the harmful chemicals. It’s completely safe and can treat the neck, chest, hands, and facial areas. It can also be highly customized to address each patient’s skin type and tone.

In addition to the helping lessen the appearance of scars, the Sciton Laser also helps reduce visual signs of aging. It will improve the skin texture and tone as it leaves patients with a much clearer complexation and healthy glow.

How Does Sciton Laser Treatment Work?

The Sciton Laser Treatment uses an Erbium laser to create a skin resurfacing system which delivers light energy to the upper layers of the skin. The laser wand is gently scanned over the treatment area and will start to remove the top layer of damaged skin cells.

As the skin starts to heal itself, new cells will emerge and resurface the area which can help lessen scars, wrinkles, uneven pigmentation, and other skin blemishes. The healing process can take from several days to several weeks as the appearance of the scars will start to lessen.

Side Effects of the Sciton Laser Treatment?

The Sciton Laser Treatment has similar side effects to that of a chemical peel. The main difference is that lasers only use light to get the job done, not toxic chemicals. Side effects can vary from patient to patient as their skin types will react differently to the laser treatments.

Generally speaking, the patient will feel like they have a mild sunburn on their skin. This is entirely normal as the laser removed the damaged top layer, and now their body has gone into healing mode. Some people may experience itching, stinging, or symptoms of a severe sunburn along with oozing, inflamed skin, and maybe even a blister or two.

As gross as this sounds, it’s completely normal and is a good sign that your body is rapidly working to create new cells to heal the area. It’s advised that you don’t pick or scratch at the area as it will only delay the healing process. If you have super sensitive skin, inform your doctor before you undergo the procedure as they can recommend over-the-counter remedies to help make your healing process more comfortable.

Sciton Laser Treatment in Dallas

If you or a loved one are suffering from acne or acne scarring, give us a call at (469) 868-6005 or contact us on our website. At Aya Skin Care, we have many non-invasive medical treatments that can help lessen the appearance of acne scarring. Contact us today to learn more about how we can make your skin look better and help restore your self-confidence!




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