Acne (acne vulgaris) is a quite unpleasant and sometime painful skin condition characterized by formation of red and inflamed growths which occur in a form of papules, pustules and cysts.
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These skin changes develop due to clogging of skin pores. Each skin pore contains a hair follicle and an oil gland and has an opening which allows elimination of oil produced by the gland and old skin cells that have shed. In case of acne, clogging of skin pores does not allow these substances to be eliminated, they accumulate inside the pore and cause inflammation. The presence of specific bacteria makes the condition even worse, leading to even more severe inflammatory reaction.
There are many reasons associated with acne and by identifying the underlying cause a person can be treated adequately and this can eliminate the chance of acne scar formation. However, this is not possible in all cases and some people eventually end up with ugly and quite unsightly acne scars searching for a suitable solution for these skin changes.
Laser Treatment for Acne Scar
Laser treatment, in general, is used to treat many different conditions. As for acne scars the very treatment has significantly progressed over time and become very effective when it comes to lessening of the appearance of scars.
Acne scars can be efficiently treated with a range of different lasers. Initially, treatment included a Carbon Dioxide laser. During the treatment the surface of the skin is destroyed and the healing period lasts for some time (approximately 7-10 days). Within this period of time the skin remains open and slowly regenerates. Side effects of this laser treatment include irreversible whitening of the skin and scarring.
Today patients commonly undergo treatment with non-ablative lasers which actually do not remove the surface of the skin and, therefore, are not considered so destructive. The effects achieved with these lasers are greater when comparing to the effects of Carbon Dioxide laser and the chance of side effects is lower.
A pulse-dye laser is one of the most convenient for acne scar treatment. It can successfully deal with redness of the scars and improve the overall appearance of the treated skin. Another suitable type of laser is a fractionated laser. It can remodel acne scars without causing excessive ablative resurfacing.
Recovery after Acne Laser Treatment
Pain associated with the procedure and after the procedure is not intensive and is well-tolerated. After the treatment the redness of the treated skin remains for a few days. The same refers to swelling.