Laser for Post-Acne Scars
If your acne scars are red the V-Beam should have been effective. How many treatments did you receive since it can take 5 treatments to improve such significant scars. In addition, hydroquinones can help accelerate the pigmentation of acne scars. I have had great success with both the Fraxel Laser (1550) and the Ematrix Laser for acne scars. For patients with darker skin types I prefer the Ematrix for the depth of penetration needed to improve these scars. Please find a board certified dermatologist with a great deal of experience in cosmetic dermatology for the best results.
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Treatment for Red Acne Scars
Hi Britt. Your scars look red in the photo which means the VBeam was probably a good recommendation. If you want to step up to something a bit more aggressive, you can consider fractional laser resurfacing. This is more expensive with some downtime and probably overkill for what you need, but it can also help re-texture indentations.
We prefer the Sciton Profractional laser resurfacing procedure and you can see results at the link below for our acne scar patients.
Removal of post acne marks
I would suggest the MicroLaserPeel, also known as the "weekend" skin peel. As compared
with microdermabrasion or light chemical peels, a MicroLaserPeel is a
deeper treatment that precisely removes the outermost layers of skin,
and treats wrinkles, scars, acne scars, keratoses, and irregular
pigmentation. The treatment employs topical anesthesia, and typically is
repeated 2 to 4 times, spaced 6 to 8 weeks apart.
Healing takes 3 to 4 days and resembles a sunburn with redness
beginning to fade by the third day, and can be covered with makeup on
the fourth day. Patients experience smoother, healthier, more vibrant
skin, with a significant immediate change in skin texture and tightness.
PIH from acne can be treated with topicals usually.
PIH is treated in most cases with a combination of Retin A and skin lightening agent such as hydroquinone or Lytera from SkinMedica. This will also help prevent further acne. I you are looking for laser treatment, consider the Fraxel Dual, which can resurface the skin, helping with acne scars and pigmentation. Steve Weiner, MD, Facial Plastic Surgeon.