I did several Fraxel treatment for my acne scars but didn't help my face. My face still looks horrible. What should I do next? Where should I go for a genuine doctor?
Acne Scar Treatment Options After Fraxel?
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Acne scarring and Fraxel Laser
Certainly, one of the most distressing issues that a young individual has to deal with is the presence of acne. The resultant scarring that can result from the acne that you had suffered from in your youth seems quite unfair. Laser therapy has had excellent success in diminishing the appearance of acne scarring. Fraxel laser is a less invasive modality to deliver the laser energy and still obtain excellent outcomes. Unfortunately, acne scarring takes on many forms. The most severe scars will likely need to be managed with surgical excision or subcision. A combination of several approaches may be necessary and total eradication is not likely.
The tried and true method for acne scar treatment is dermabrasion
The tried and true method for acne scar treatment is dermabrasion (not microdermabrasion which is a spa technique). This procedure works better if individual deeper scars are first treated with subcision, cross treatment, or excision. Dermabrasion has a completely different effect on scars than laser, whether fractionated or not.
Best choice after Fraxel for acne scars
Your choice of follow on treatments after Fraxel would depend on the type of acne scars you have. Before agreeing to any single type of laser or surgical method, you should try to evaluate as many as possible as some are more effective than others for certain types of scars. You will have a more complete picture when evaluating numerous options together Check these options out with local reputable practitioners.
- Fractional CO2 Resurfacing (unless you had this already). The original Fraxel machines were not CO2.
- Full CO2 resurfacing (not fractional, this is traditional CO2 resurfacing).
- Erbium Resurfacing.
And surgical options:
- Punch excision
We're not a big proponent of injections for scars and advocate for trying to find something more lasting.
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Acne scar treatment
I find that combining laser resurfacing with surigcal treatment including subcision/excision of scars, possibly dermal grafts, and injections give the best results. Even under the best of circumstances it is reasonable to expect improvement and not perfection.
Acne scar treatment.
Acne scars a difficult problem and may require multiple modalities to obtain the best result. Realistically, it is better to expect a partial correction than than complete eradication of the scars.
Treatments may include active management of acne, as well as lasers, scar revision, punch grafting, fillers, fat injections, dermabrasion, chemical peels, etc.
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