Deka Co2 smartxide or Deep FX for Acne Scars?

Which one would be better for acne scars?

Doctor Answers 3

Both lasers are excellent- depends on the type of acne scar and operator

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Both of these lasers are excellent and much much better than Fraxel, however acne scar revision is a specialised field. For the best results, one should target the acne scar type with ideal treatments. For example deep ice pick scars, and narrow box car scars can be treated with TCA CROSS peels, mixed scars, rolling, and atrophic scars treated with fractional devices such as Fraxel, fractional lasers, and INFINI radiofrequency. Atrophic scars (depressions) can be treated with either fat grafts, or with HA dermal fillers. Tethered and anchored scars are best treated with surgery.

The majority of patients will have a collection of different scar types, and hence a tailored treatment METHOD will be best. Careful examination, especially under angled lighting with scar mapping will give you an understanding of what are the best options for your scars. Video explains more. 

All the best,

Dr Davin Lim.

Laser, surgical & aesthetic dermatologist.

Brisbane, Australia.

Deka Co2 smartxide or Deep FX for Acne Scars? What is the best treatment.

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Is the Deka CO2 smartxide laser servicing or deep FX laser resurfacing better for acne scarring. CO2 lasers are important for acne scarring but it's not the only one modality that's going to treat all the elements of a scar. You have to treat acne scarring as a multi-layered process. I have experience with deep FX and using just the deep fx is on the same lines and principles as fraxel resurfacing and radio-frequency resurfacing. These approaches only results in mild changes to acne scarring. I know that even traditional resurfacing will do mild changes unless it is applied in a certain unique way. On top of that just doing the unique laser resurfacing is not all that will help your scars.  There are other approaches to the deeper layers that will markedly improve your scars. We have a 5-7 step process that treats all types of scars in one treatment. You can get significant treatments with our five to seven step combination treatment.

Philip Young, MD
Bellevue Facial Plastic Surgeon

Acne Scars on Face/Body -- Lasers (Fraxel, Co2, Erbium), TCA Cross, Microneedling/PRP, Subcision, Fillers, Tattooing, Surgery

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Acne scars usually need a combination of treatments. These will be determined by an individual consult and the type of scars you have. Please see an expert. Best, Dr. Emer

Jason Emer, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
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