How successful are non ablative lasers like mini fraxel or fraxel restore in healing acne scars or craters?
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Farxel laser for acne scars
Fraxel Laser and Acne Scars
Fraxel laser has become the gold standard for treating acne scars. The Fraxel laser on the 1550 setting is extremely effective after several sessions at treating scars and improving acne scars in particular. The mini Fraxel, which is called the Clear and Brilliant is effective at more superficial skin changes like pores and texture but would not be my first choice for acne scars. For the best cosmetic results please consult a board certified dermatologist with experience with Fraxel laser and scar treatments.
Non ablative lasers
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Non-ablative lasers for acne scars
Acne scar treatment with non-ablative lasers
When treating scars with lasers we are causing micro “injuries” to trigger new collagen synthesis. The new collagen will improve the depressed scars and the tone and texture of skin. You see an immediate improvement in your tone and texture after one session. However, it takes about 6 months for healthy collagen to form so the depressed scarring will take longer to see the improvement. Generally patients see a noticeable improvement to their scarring about 4 months into their treatments.
Best results come after a series of treatments; for acne scars most people need about 5 sessions one month apart.
It is best to consult with a Board Certified Dermatologist to see what treatment is appropriate for your skin type and how many sessions you may need.
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Fraxel and acne scars
Fraxel and fractional resurfacing
These devices offer many advantages over traditional fully ablative laser resurfacing.
While they can provide improvement in acne scarring, they still probably do not provide the same degree of correction as traditional resurfacing.
I would recommend consulting with a board certified facial plastic surgeon to see which laser treatment would be right for you.
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