Those who suffer from acne scars may think that it is not possible to ever have smooth skin. That is not true.

Sufferers of acne scars do not need to feel as if having smooth skin is just a dream, because it can be a reality by undergoing the appropriate treatment.

The use of laser energy is perhaps one of the most ideal ways to address acne scarring.  This is because it can reach below the skin’s surface to help deeper layers produce normal forms of collagen that create smoother looking skin.

 How Do Acne Scars Develop?

Individuals often ask Dr. U how acne scars form in the first place, especially for those who have cared for their skin responsibly.

Here is a simple explanation

When pores are blocked oil cannot flow freely onto the skin’s surface, which in result causes inflammation. Inflammation is the body’s reaction to the trapped oil that forms bacteria. The immune system reacts to the micro organisms and attempts to destroy them. Through an inflammation response, skin tissue, like the walls of the hair follicle, is damaged.

Thick bundles of collagen fibers are produced to heal these injuries. It is the same collagen that is produced throughout the skin but the fibers are arranged differently.  This results in thick, textured acne scars.

It is helpful to know that there is hope for this of skin issue.

 Treatment With Fraxel Laser

One should first have their skin evaluated by a certified dermatologist like Dr. U who is capable of evaluating, and treating all types of skin tones.

He is an expert in the use of Fraxel lasers which effectively addresses many types of issues, including acne scars,  to help patients improve the complexion, youthfulness and texture of their skin.

There are two basic types of Fraxel systems

  • Fraxel Repair
  • Fraxel Dual

A primary difference is that one laser may treat a particular skin type more efficiently. Fraxel Repair, for example, is recommended for lighter skin tones. Fraxel Dual uses different wavelengths which are safe for all ethnicities.

Typically, Fraxel lasers work to stimulate the development of new collagen fibers. The acne scar depressions are filled in with this tissue beneath the surface to create smoother looking skin.

The final outcome of laser treatment depends on how the laser parameters are set. Incorrect settings could result in an unsuccessful result.

The beauty of using laser is that it treats deeper issues within the skin without disturbing the surface. Fraxel delivers the energy through precise, pixelated points. This allows only the problem areas to be treated while leaving the healthy surrounding skin alone. Results are often quite amazing with little or no downtime.

Dr. U also has special digital imaging technology in his office which can actually quantify the improvements of individual patients. Sometimes changes are subjective. But with this type of system patients can understand their progress in terms of actual numbers.

Now, individuals do not need to feel as if they have to embrace acne scars as a part of their physical appearance, because there are reliable methods to address this issue

los angeles patient before and after acne scars treatment

patient before and after her Fraxel Dual treatment series*