No Improvement to Acne Scar After Fractional CO2?

Hello Doctor..I am 3 weeks POST fractional CO2 but do not find any improvement in my acne scars on face. Is this normal? I am scared all my hard earned money has wasted.

Doctor Answers 3

Acne scars and Fractional CO2 Lasers

Fractional lasers are a great tool to treat acne scars.  However, it can take several treatments to improve the appearance of deep acne scars.  It also can take up to six months to see the full effects from the treatment.  I would return to your treating physician to discuss your concerns.

Acne scarring and CO2 Fractional laser treatment

You are still early in your recovery period and active phase of healing from the CO2 laser.  Give it a chance.  Acne scarring is difficult to treat because it is a deep dermal problem.  The fractional laser energy does a good job at smoothing out the superficial irregularities but it has a difficult time with these deeper scars.  The Cynosure SmartXide laser has the capability of stacking the pulses to penetrated deeper into the scar.  The deeper the treatment and the closer together the dots then the more prolonged the healing as well.  Complete healing takes 4 - 6 months to achieve.

Jeffrey Zwiren, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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No improvement after fractional CO2?

Results will build over time. Do not panic. The purpose of fractional CO2 is to remove minimal surface skin, and have the effects be underneath, and bring those up. It simply takes time. 3 weeks isn't enough to evaluate it. It can take 6 months to fully see results from fractional CO2 because the purpose is to have you have minimal downtime, but results that build. As opposed to traditional CO2 which can take months to recover fully.

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