This patient’s ongoing struggle with severe acne vulgaris and the subsequent scarring is finally over. She presented to Dr. Umar of the Los Angeles-based dermatology office, Fine Touch Dermatology, in hopes of having her problem skin corrected once and for all. The first phase was a mixture of therapies with the Spectra laser and some medications for the acne treatment. Then it was onto the treatment for acne scars.
Spectra Laser To Prevent New Acne
The Lutronic Spectra laser system offers a very precise form of treatment for targeting the main causes of stubborn acne. Laser energy is applied to reach deeper layers of the skin where topical treatments often fail to reach. Therefore, it is capable of unblocking plugs and blockages that are lodged further down below the skin’s surface. Furthermore, it is able to kill bacteria that would contribute to inflammation and scarring.
Spectra’s laser energy is also applied to burn away the outer tissue surrounding the oil glands. This works to shrink these structures and make them less active.
And with the 1050nm wavelength, the Spectra laser is safe for all skin types.
Fraxel Dual For Phase 2- Treatment of Acne Scars
Dr. Umar selected the Fraxel Dual laser for the purpose of improving the appearance of the patient’s acne scars. With the 1550nm and the 1927nm, it is safe and effective for use on people of darker skin tones. These wavelengths will work to trigger the formation of normal skin collagen which is produced to help even out the depressions of the scars.
Unlike many other lasers, these longer energy lengths are not readily absorbed by surrounding areas of melanin which would contribute to overheating and other complications.
After only three sessions, and four months from the start of her acne scar removal, the patient’s skin has improved remarkably.
Measuring Acne Scar Improvement
A computerized (VISIA) analysis of her skin shows the disparity between before and after treatment, with major improvements in texture, from the 63rd to the 81st percentile; in pore size, from the 63rd to the 81st percentile; in acne-causing bacterial activity, from the 40th to the 89th percentile; and in brown spots, from the 13th to the 66th percentile.
“In meeting [Dr. Umar] I was able to get results that I wasn’t able to get before,” says the patient, make-up-free. She adds that she can now live life without being self-conscious about her skin.