Best Laser Treatment for Acne Scars on Brown Skin?

I am an Indian from India. I have light brown skin, similar to Hispanic skin tone. I am suffering from severe dark acne scarring on both my cheeks.

What kind of laser treatment do you suggest I use? I am concerned that some kinds of laser can cause problems for my skin tone. Please help. AA

Doctor Answers 1

Fraxel re:store Dual would be best for acne scars on Indian skin

I think that the Fraxel re:store Dual would be best for your skin type for acne scars. There are certain precautions that are needed. You need to use hydroquinone at least 4% for about 1 month prior. Sun exposure must be limited for 6 weeks prior and a couple months after.

Gentlewaves treatment has been shown in clinical papers to decrease hyperpigmentation risk. I would restart the hydroquinone about day 4 or 5 after treatment. I would avoid the highest settings on the laser and would not do treatments any closer than 6 weeks.

You can consider Retin A about 2 months prior to treatment and stopping 1 week prior. Restarting it about a week afterwards. Another option is the Fraxel re:pair. The result will probably be better, but you will need about 2, maybe 3 and there is wound care and downtime. Your risk of hyperpigmentation is greater with the re:pair, but almost always, this is temporary. Hope this helps.

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