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Laser Treatment for Acne Scars: Procedure, Cost and Side Effects

What is the treatment?

Acne scars are usually blemishes that have been left behind by inflamed pimples or because of skin pores that have become swollen by accumulated oil, dead skin cells, dirt and bacteria. These swollen pores cause a break in the walls of the follicle. If the break is deep then the infection can spread to the surrounding tissues leading to deeper blemishes or bruises. Although the human skin owing to its repairing nature tries to repair these bruises, the results aren’t as flawless as the original texture of the skin.

Different people have different reasons for getting their acne scars treated. Some of these reasons are; improved appearance, better skin health and improved self-esteem/ confidence.

There are mainly two kinds of acne scars; hypertrophic or keloid scarring where the scars are the result of the body producing an excess amount of collagens. The second kind, atrophic or depressed scars form as a result of loss of tissues. <.P>

People who have members in the family with acne scar problems are likely to suffer from the same issue because of genetics. Also, people who do not get proper treatment for theirs acne such as pimples, blackheads etc are likely to get scars in the long run. Those who have a tendency to touch and pick their acne or their inflamed pores also stand the risk of developing scars.

One can seek treatment for their acne scars by considering chemical peel method or laser treatment or derma fillers.

How is the treatment done?

Laser treatment is a painless non-invasive method that gives better results minus the discomfort that comes with surgery. In order to reduce the glaring appearance of scars this method uses a fractional laser technology which is very powerful. This technology does not affect the surrounding skin; it is a quick solution and gives you smoother, gorgeous skin.

Laser treatment makes use of micro-fine laser lights to go into the skin’s very deep layers and work to better the skin’s support system. These short pulses of light stimulate the skin’s natural rebuilding tendencies to repair the damaged tissues and cells leading to the formation of new collagens and elastins. Collagens and elastins are the very essential building-blocks of healthy skin.

There is a second kind of laser treatment in which the acne scar is completely removed. In order for this method to work a very strong laser technology is required which can also remove the layers of the skin near the scar.

The Fraxel method is the quickest one which treats the scars painlessly after applying a cream that creates a numbing sensation. During the course of the laser treatment patients will feel a gentle itching or prickling sensation. In order to give relief a chilled air blower will be used to blow at the site of treatment. This will gradually and softly bring the skin back to its normal condition.

Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?)

Everyone is eligible to go for a laser acne scar removal treatment.

Who is not eligible for the treatment?

People who are already suffering from eczema, psoriasis and contact dermatitis should avoid going for laser acne removal as it worsens these conditions.

Are there any side effects?

There are a few side effects associated with laser treatment which usually persists for a few hours or sometimes a day; these are- skin redness, swelling and irritation. However, should you experience prolonged redness, blistering or itching you are likely to suffer from skin burns, skin darkening and scarring.

What are the post-treatment guidelines?

After the completion of your treatment you will need to maintain your skin on a regular basis. For the first few weeks and months following treatment your skin will be extremely sensitive to sunlight. While out in the sunlight during daytime ensure to apply a sunscreen on your face and exposed skin and use an umbrella.

How long does it take to recover?

The recovery time is widely dependent on the healing rate of every individual and also on how well a patient adheres to post-treatment guidelines. But saying that the time taken to recover can take anywhere between a few days to a few weeks.

What is the price of the treatment in India?

The cost of laser treatments for removal of acne scars are dependent on the affected area, the severity of your scars and also the type of treatment you are choosing. However, on an average you can expect to spend about Rs. 1000 to Rs. 30,000 for a single laser treatment session.

Are the results of the treatment permanent?

The results of the laser treatment are permanent. But like all treatments you need to follow certain guidelines and also need to keep your acne situation in check by taking proper care of your skin.

What are the alternatives to the treatment?

A lot of people find laser treatments expensive and they opt for alternative methods such as chemical peels, injections that remove the acne scars, fat grafting and microdermabrasion treatment methods.

Safety: High Effectiveness: High Timeliness: Medium Relative Risk: Low Side Effects: Low Time For Recovery: Medium Price Range:

Rs. 1000- Rs. 30,000

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How to Remove Acne Scars with Laser Treatments?

MCh - Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, DNB, MS - General Surgery, MBBS
Cosmetic/Plastic Surgeon, Bangalore
How to Remove Acne Scars with Laser Treatments?

With the current self-obsession of the need to look good all the time, acne is seen as a major problem by the teenagers and adolescents. It is related to the hormonal changes but also aggravated by food habits. During their active phase, acne causes a lot of pain and burning. There is a constant tendency to pick at them to get rid of the pain and the itching.

They dry over a period of time and leave scars which are not as painful but are esthetically a major concern. For someone with oily skin who are more prone for developing acne, these scar marks could be very traumatic emotionally.

There is good news for these people as cosmetic advancements give multiple options for getting rid of these scars. Read on to know some of the most effective ones.

  1. Laser: A beam of light is aimed at the scar tissue, which does not affect the surrounding tissue but gets rid of the scar tissue. In addition to acne, laser is used in multiple skin ailments (whiteheads, cysts, blackheads, etc.) There is an intense bacterial presence in the acne, and when the laser beam is aimed at the acne, the bacteria are killed. This also reduces further incidence of acne and amount of sebum produced. The number of sittings required would depend on the severity of acne, and most people would require 2 to 3 sittings for complete removal of the scars.
  2. Photofacials: The outer layer of the skin (epidermis) is cooled and the inner layer (dermis) is heated. This stimulates the production of collagen and fibrous tissue, which replaces the acne tissue, giving a fresher, youthful look.

In both cases, remember to:

  1. Avoid use of irritants like perfumes and deodorants in the affected area
  2. Avoid waxing or shaving for at least 10 days before the procedure
  3. Avoid exposure to harsh sun for about a week prior to the procedure
  4. Avoid medicines which increase the risk of bleeding, aspirin for instance

Post treatment: In both treatments, the skin may appear red, swollen, and inflamed for the first day. There also may be a prickly sensation, similar to a sunburn. Cool packs or moist cloths and a good moisturizer can be used to soothe the skin. Avoid makeup until the skin is back to normal appearance. Depending on the type of skin and acne, the appearance will take about weeks to months after the procedure.

Benefits:

  1. Minimally invasive
  2. Reduced pain
  3. Completed in one appointment
  4. Reduced recovery time
  5. Can be clubbed with other acne therapy modes
  6. Good results with reduced recurrence and sebum production

With so many advancements, acne marks are sure to go away!

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

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Various Treatments To Get Rid Of Acne Scars!

MBBS, MD - Dermatology , Venereology & Leprosy
Dermatologist, Bangalore
Various Treatments To Get Rid Of Acne Scars!

Acne results from overactive sebaceous glands that produce excess sebum, which clogs pores and results in inflammation. This condition is quite common among women once they reach their puberty. Acne might leave behind scars on the spots, making it worrisome for the sufferer because of cosmetic reasons.

There are various treatments that you may adopt to get rid of acne scars:

  1. Laser and filler treatments: Laser treatments for acne scars uses a technique called laser skin resurfacing, which increases collagen (the skin’s building blocks) production and balances out the skin. Collagen is a skin protein that helps in covering up the acne scars. Another treatment known as ‘ablative laser’ facilitates new skin production by vaporizing the scars. Filler injections help in removing deep recesses left by acne.
  2. Avoid sun exposure: Continuous exposure to the sun will slow down the healing process. The rays of the sun bring about chemical changes in the body that aggravate the condition. Use a sunscreen that has a SPF count (sun protection factor) of 30 or more. Avoid being in the sun for long hours as it can lead to serious complications, even skin cancer.
  3. Don’t squeeze your pimples: Picking and squeezing your troubled spots can cause further damage and inflammation. It can cause the bacteria to penetrate deeper into the skin and cause damage to the collagen. The scars occur due to damage to collagen structure of the skin.
  4. Have a little patience: You need to be patient to allow the scars to heal. After a breakout, blood vessels supply nutrients that provide nourishment to the skin. With time, collagen starts to form and evens out the problematic areas of the skin. If you wish to discuss about any specific skin problem, you can consult a specilized dermatologist and ask a free question.
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Best Suited Treatments for Acne and Acne Scars

Dermatology Backed Expert Skin & Hair Care Solution
Dermatologist, Kolkata
Best Suited Treatments for Acne and Acne Scars

Acne results from overactive sebaceous glands that produce excess sebum, which clogs pores and results in inflammation. This condition is quite common among women once they reach their puberty. Acne might leave behind scars on the spots, making it worrisome for the sufferer because of cosmetic reasons.

There are various treatments that you may adopt to get rid of acne scars:

  1. Laser and filler treatments: Laser treatments for acne scars uses a technique called laser skin resurfacing, which increases collagen (the skin’s building blocks) production and balances out the skin. Collagen is a skin protein that helps in covering up the acne scars. Another treatment known as ‘ablative laser’ facilitates new skin production by vaporizing the scars. Filler injections help in removing deep recesses left by acne.
  2. Avoid sun exposure: Continuous exposure to the sun will slow down the healing process. The rays of the sun bring about chemical changes in the body that aggravate the condition. Use a sunscreen that has a SPF count (sun protection factor) of 30 or more. Avoid being in the sun for long hours as it can lead to serious complications, even skin cancer.
  3. Don’t squeeze your pimples: Picking and squeezing your troubled spots can cause further damage and inflammation. It can cause the bacteria to penetrate deeper into the skin and cause damage to the collagen. The scars occur due to damage to collagen structure of the skin.
  4. Have a little patience: You need to be patient to allow the scars to heal. After a breakout, blood vessels supply nutrients that provide nourishment to the skin. With time, collagen starts to form and evens out the problematic areas of the skin. If you wish to discuss about any specific skin problem, you can consult a specilized dermatologist and ask a free question.
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Causes And Treatment of Acne Scars

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS), Diploma in Dermatology, post graduate certificate in dermatology
Dermatologist, Narnaul
Causes And Treatment of Acne Scars

Quite strikingly, Acne can become a persistent cause of your worries, if left untreated. Acne not only harms you physically, but also damages your psychological health. Persistent acne can result in a pockmarked face, making you feel sullen and unsure of yourself. Acne refers to a condition where the skin perpetually develops stinging, red bumps. Red pimples might show on your face, shoulders, back or neck. The bumps usually take a lot of time to heal and they leave behind deep scars. And, in order to treat, such scars one can go for cosmetic dermatology procedures.

Acne Scars: What are they?

When inflamed blemishes, result from crushing of excess oil, bacteria and dead cells in your skin pores, enlarge and swell up breaking the follicle wall, acne scarring is caused. One can get rid of acne scars through the natural healing process of your skin if the lesions are not very deep. Deep lesions will require medical assistance. New collagen formation can heal such scars, but it doesn't restore the radiance and tautness of your original skin. Acne scars can be divided into two broad types:

Hypertrophic and Keloid scarring: Raised tissue on the surface of the skin following excess collagen production causes such kind of scars.

Atrophic or depressed scarring: These scars are caused due to reduced tissue production. Small, but noticeable holes on your skin are called Ice picks. However, the boxcar is a scar, which is similar to a chicken pox mark.  

Causes of Acne scars:

  1. Malfunctioning of hormones even after the age of puberty can lead to acne formation in both males and females.
  2. Food items rich in carbohydrates can trigger acne. Dairy products could also worsen the condition.
  3. Any medicine that contains lithium, androgen or corticosteroids can worsen this skin condition.
  4. Bacteria, excess oil, blocked pores, and dead skin cells are the primary reasons behind acne.

Treatments of Acne scars:

Cosmetic dermatology procedures can successfully help you do away with acne scars. Blue-light therapy, is a procedure in cosmetic dermatology, which can work wonders for acne scars. A narrow- band, but high - intensity Blue-light is used to counter Porphyrins released by bacteria causing acne. Porphyrins easily absorb Blue-light and the light leads to radical damage of Porphyrins when used in certain wavelengths.

There are certain topical creams available, which can improve mild scarring, most of the acne scars are either depressed or raised type and need a combination of surgical procedures and skin resurfacing. The therapeutic options that are currently available to treat acne scars include subcision, dermabrasion, microdermabrasion, derma rollers, chemical peels, TCA cross, ablative lasers, fractional lasers and dermal fillers.

Fractional resurfacing laser is one of the most effective treatments for acne scars. It is a minimally-ablative technique that creates microscopic zones of dermal injury in a grid-like pattern. This helps in collagen remodelling, skin tightening, scar improvement, reduction in fine lines, improvement in texture, tone and colour of the skin. A series of 4 to 6 sittings are usually needed for optimal results. Each session lasts for one hour and is performed at monthly intervals.

Certain types of scars such as the ice pick and rolling scars, pixel laser are combined with subcision, dermal rollers and TCA cross. In addition, punch excision and softening of margins with laser can be done for box scars. All the mentioned procedures are well-tolerated with local application of anesthetic creams before procedure. With these procedures, improvement of scars is seen over several weeks.

Lately, injectable dermal fillers are being used for correction of acne scars, giving it a smoother appearance. This is semi-permanent and needs to be redone as and when required. Timely treatment of acne is necessary to keep, both unwanted pigmentation and scars at bay. So, get rid of your scars and make the dream of blemish free and smooth skin come true.

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Types and Treatment of Acne Scars

PG Diploma In Clinical Cosmetology (PGDCC), PG Diploma in Aesthetic Medicine & Hair Transplant, MBBS
Dermatologist, Mumbai
Types and Treatment of Acne Scars

Acne is a disorder, which is characterized by small red bumps on the skin or occluded pores in the skin such as blackheads. Acne occurs when overactive sebaceous glands (glands that produce oil in the skin) produce excess oil and the dead skin cells clog the pores of the hair follicle present in the skin. Acne is a condition that affects many people including teenagers and women during their menstruation period. The problem of acne can be extremely annoying, making most of the people to opt for self medication.

Acne scars can be divided into two broad types:

  1. Hypertrophic and Keloid scarring: Raised tissue on the surface of the skin following excess collagen production causes such kind of scars.
  2. Atrophic or depressed scarring: These scars are caused due to reduced tissue production. Small, but noticeable holes on your skin are called Ice picks. However, the boxcar is a scar, which is similar to a chicken pox mark.

Causes of acne scars:

  1. Food items rich in carbohydrates can trigger acne. Dairy products could also worsen the condition.
  2. Any medicine that contains lithium, androgen or corticosteroids can worsen this skin condition.
  3. Malfunctioning of hormones even after the age of puberty can lead to acne formation in both males and females.
  4. Bacteria, excess oil, blocked pores, and dead skin cells are the primary reasons behind acne.

Treatments of acne scars:

Fractional resurfacing laser is one of the most effective treatments for acne scars. It is a minimally-ablative technique that creates microscopic zones of dermal injury in a grid-like pattern. This helps in collagen remodelling, skin tightening, scar improvement, reduction in fine lines, improvement in texture, tone and colour of the skin. A series of 4 to 6 sittings are usually needed for optimal results. Each session lasts for one hour and is performed at monthly intervals.

Certain types of scars such as the ice pick and rolling scars, pixel laser are combined with subcision, dermal rollers and TCA cross. In addition, punch excision and softening of margins with laser can be done for box scars.

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Popular Questions & Answers

Any treatment for acne scars? I have acne scars on face, Need to know if it can be cured by medicines only or laser surgery.

BHMS
Homeopath, Sindhudurg
Homeopathic medicines for acne scars or pimple scars. I often get cases where the pimples or acne have left permanent scars on the face. There are a lot of homeopathic medicines that not only cure acne but provide exceptionally homeopathic treatment for acne scars. One can safely say that homeopathic treatment for acne or pimples is the best treatment for acne or pimples. You can buy acne & pimples package offered by me which includes medicines and consultation.

I am taking treatment for acne. Now the doctor is saying for laser treatment for scars, as I am having lot of them. Should I go for laser treatment? What type of side effects does it have? Should I immediately go for it after my acne medicinal treatment is over or should I wait for sometime to see whether acne returns or not?

Diploma in Aesthetic Medicine, MBBS
Cosmetic Physician, Delhi
Hi lybrate-user, lasers are one mode of treatment for scares. However, there are many other treatments available for scars. These are, peels, dermaroller treatment, mesotherapy etc. These are less expensive and have lower down time. These used in combination with skin lightening creams lead to collagen re- modelling and improve appearance of scars. Laser treatment may have side effects like hyper pigmentation, hypo pigmentation, rebound acne etc. But these may not necessarily happen with every patient. Laser if used judicially benefit acne and scares both.
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I need laser treatment to cure both acne and scars. Is the process painful? What is the cost for the same?

MBBS, M.Ch - Plastic Surgery
Cosmetic/Plastic Surgeon, Ahmedabad
Acne can be temporarily controlled with lasers, not cured. Scars can be permanently improved (not totally removed) by lasers. Cost may vary from as little as Rs. 1,000 to Rs. 75,000.

What is the approximate cost for the laser treatment for acne scars? And how many sitting will be required?

MD - Homeopathy, BHMS
Homeopath, Pune
Cost varies from 3000 to 8000 per session. At least 5-7 sittings will be required. Look at the reputation of the clinic and make sure the dermatologists are good. Your face will be sensitive and red for 3–5 days so allow for downtime. You will be asked to use sunscreen. My advice: Go to a reputed skin care clinic. Allow for downtime, i.e not going out anywhere the next day and limited activities for 3–4 days after that.
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My co2 laser treatment is going on and I have done 1 sitting can I also use mederma with this on scars.

MCh Plastic Surgery, MS - General Surgery
Cosmetic/Plastic Surgeon, Bangalore
Hello, Mederma contains onion extract and inhibits fibroblast and collagen synthesis. If the co2 laser is being done for acne depressed scars then mederma is not a good product to use.

Table of Content

What is the treatment?
How is the treatment done?
Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?)
Who is not eligible for the treatment?
Are there any side effects?
What are the post-treatment guidelines?
How long does it take to recover?
What is the price of the treatment in India?
Are the results of the treatment permanent?
What are the alternatives to the treatment?
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Types of Laser Treatments
Hi. I am Dr. Sanesh Gupta. Welcome to the E. N. D. S. Centre. Our centre provides high class and quality treatment at very much affordable prices. In our centre, we have the treatment for all the cosmetic problems, skin related diseases and hair related disorders. We do all laser treatment like for hair removal, acne scars, accidental scars, burn marks, moles, birth marks removal or any sort of injury in the freckles and even for removal of wrinkles in the skin. For hair related problems, we do the conventional treatments, P. R. P. therapy and hair transplant.

For hair transplant, we have the fully equipped and dedicated operation theatre. Our team do the hair transplant by the F. U. E. and the F. U. T. method. Our lasers are of the best and latest quality. They are different from the Chinese and Korean ones and other low cost lasers and they are costliest in their segment like for example Light-Shade laser is the costliest one. Acupulse laser is meant for acne scars and accidental marks. These are the best lasers in the world. Third is the Viora reaction which is very good for the wrinkle treatment and skin tightening treatment for face-lifting.

Our strength is our infrastructure, our quality lasers and the number of the patients. We daily see more than 100 patients and that is why we can provide the quality treatment at the affordable prices. Areas which we have in the surroundings are very dense like Shahadra, Seelampur, Jafrabaad, Laxmi Nagar and so on. So, by charging a very less amount even, we can provide with the best quality treatment at a very affordable price.
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Acne Treatment

Hello I am Dr P Phanisri. I am a dermatologist, practicing in Madhavpur for over 5 years. I have lot of hair cases coming in. I excel in hair related growths. Skin have lot of things to do. One is acne. It is a main treatment now-a-days, it is challenging one.

I have lot of new patients here, acne scars, post acne inflammation. So, I have a list of things to do for this things. Presently, I have lot of things to do for this things. Presently I do peels, all kind of peels, all are imported ones and I get really good results for that. I have a new instrument called explore for the acne skin and scars need resurfacing. It is the first one in Hyderabad. It takes laser too.

It also have additional features of skin tighetening and also of skin resurfacing. It also gives good results for double chin and also it gives glow to the skin which has a superficial probe for it. I think it is going to be a great success with that.

And I also do lot of botox fillers. I have a lot of artist crowd coming in for the cosmetic things. The botox and fillers give you an instant result for the young look and the injectibles both for skin and hair.

So, you can contact me on Lybrate for further consultations.
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