I have dark acne scarring on my chest, back and forearms and I was wondering if it was possible to have laser skin resurfacing done on these parts of my body. If not, is there another procedure that you would recommend?
Laser Skin Resurfacing Done on All Parts of my Body? Ex: Back
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Off face laser resurfacing
The face is unique because of the high concentration of pilosebaceous units. These allow the skin to heal a resurfacing procedure. Fully ablative lasers such as CO2 or Erbium YAG cannot be used off the face. Even ablative fractionated lasers such as Luminus Deep FX or Fraxel Repair should be used with extreme caution off the face and at lower fluences and densities. Nonablative lasers (fraxel restore/refine) or a broad band light source (IPL) can be used. However discuss with your surgeon the problems that need to be addressed and your expectations as the results with these non ablative modalities is often very subtle.
Laser resurfacing on the chest and back
Fractionated CO2 Laser resurfacing, done carefully, can achieve very good results on acne scars on the chest and back.
We have no experience in treating the arms, although, most likely it would work.
We have treated stretch marks on the thighs and abdomen with the Fractionated CO2 Laser.
The Traditional CO2 Laser is strictly contraindicated in the treatment of scars on areas other than the face.
Make sure that you are being treated by a Board Certified Dermatolopgist or Plastic Surgeon
Laser skin resurfacing done on all parts of my body
No the risks are too high on thicker skin to cause scarring or pigmentary changes. Be careful out there you may find someone to do all the body but the risks are too high. From MIAMI Dr., B