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CO2 Laser Treatment For Acne Scars!

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Dr.Shaurya Rohatgi 96% (6817ratings)
MBBS, MD - Dermatology , Venereology & Leprosy
Dermatologist, Mumbai  •  12years experience
CO2 Laser Treatment For Acne Scars!

120412People suffering from acne scars go through mental pressure as well as emotional problems. Studies have shown that people suffering from acne scars are more likely to suffer from anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, and low confidence. Typical causes of acne include bacteria, excess oil, and clogged hair follicles. The acne can get more severe due to some medications, stress, or diet.

Severe acne may be treated with proper medications but it leaves behind scars. These scars can be treated with the fractional CO2 laser. The method includes treatment of the scarred skin that results in healthy skin.

Benefits of Fractional CO2 Laser Treatment- 

This method is opted by those who suffer from acne. The benefits of this method are:

  • It not only reduces the scars but also reduces the sign of aging, smoking lines, wrinkles, and several other unwanted facial lines.

  • This treatment comes with minimal discomfort that too only when some topical cream is applied to the skin.

  • This treatment works even on darker skin types, including Asian skin.

  • The recovery period of this treatment is 4 days or less.

Fractional CO2 Laser Working

During the procedure, several rays of the CO2 laser will create miniature holes (microscopic holes) below the surface of the skin to help generate the new collagen. This new and healthy collagen keeps the skin very youthful. Fractional CO2 works only on the affected area leaving the unaffected ones and this helps in speeding up the recovery.

Method of Fractional CO2 Laser Treatment

The whole treatment is performed using topical anaesthesia and a topical numbing cream is applied on the screen before an hour of the treatment starts. Throughout the procedure, the patient would be awake and may feel a little discomfort.

A session would hardly take an hour. During the hour you will feel the peeling of the skin and a slight sunburned sensation of the skin. This sensation on the skin will last for 4-5 days.

The treatment is customized according to the needs of the customer. There are two types of treatment:

  • Shallow treatment: The recovery period lasts for only 2-3 days as the treatment is not very critical.

  • Deeper treatment: Requires the holes to go deeper down the skin and would take more time to recover for around seven to ten days. However, the result of the treatment depends on the depth of the treatment.

After the treatment, there might be less noticeable scars and less aging signs along with all other skin conditions. The skin will start getting clearer. However, the actual result of the treatment will start showing after a week and will continue to show till six months. It is always advisable to consult an experienced and skilled dermatologist.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult a specialist & get answers to your questions!
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