Hi, I am thinking about getting MicroLaserPeel treatment. I have mild acne scarring on my both cheeks...combination of rolling, box, icepick scars. My scars looks like the photo. Do you think the treatment works for these type of scars? Or should I get different types of laser treatment? Thank you.
Is a Microlaser Peel Good For Multiple Types of Acne Scars? (photo)
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Laser for acne scars
Pick the doctor - not the laser. There are many lasers and devices that are effective in treating acne scars. A microlaserpeel alone is not the best option. Fractional devices (lasers or radiofrequency) are currently best for treating acne and other scars. A combination microlaserpeel and fractional erbium laser is very effective. Multiple treatments are needed for optimal results.
TCA CROSS then fully ablative erbium - not micro peel.
As above. Deep scars need to be shallower, then treated with laser to resurface. I would plan on 2-3 session of TCA CROSS, and one session of fully ablative, Pico thereafter to reduce skin colour changes. I agree, pick the doctor not the laser.
Acne scar revision is a sub-specialised field. For the best results, one should target the acne scar type with ideal treatments and not just one device. The web reference below will take you to a resource to help you understand acne scar revision at a specialist level. I embedded all the videos in one page to help.
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, PRP 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 surgical techniques such as subcision. Other surgical techniques that we use include punch elevation, surgical elevation, punch excision and traditional excision of focal scars.
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. In the majority of patients its finding the correct combination that give you best results, and everyone is unique! All the best,
Dr Davin Lim. Acne scar dermatologist specialist. Brisbane, Australia.
Acne Scar treatment options
Microlaser peel will improve the texture and tone slightly. I recommend doing profractional laser therapy instead. This allows the laser to deeply exfoliate the skin with minimal downtime. Typically, 3-6 treatments are needed for optimal results. We have seen amazing results with profractional laser therapy for acne scars.
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A microlaser peel alone will give you some improvement in the superficial texture of your facial skin but will not give you resolution of your facial scarring. The best treatment would be a series of microlaser peels combined with deeper fractional resurfacing for treatment of your acne scars.
Laser peel for acne scars
You need a more aggressive treatment than a microlaser peel. Consult a board certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon who offers subcision and fractional laser treatments which would be more effective for you.
Microlaser Peel Good For Multiple Types of Acne Scars
Choose a physician who can utilize multiple treatments including laser to get maximum improvement for acne scars. Microlaser peel by itself may not be the best laser option. In combination with profractional or erbium, microlaser peel can provide good results on the appropriate patients.
MIcro Laser peel is a great peel for many things, but for scar treatment as a plastic surgeon i would recommend something a little deeper. Profractional laser with a micro laser peel would hit your skin on 2 different levels. Profractional laser would hit into the 2nd layer of your skin regenerating your own collagean and helping your skin repair acne scars that are deeper, the micro laser peel would hit the 1 laser of your skin removing the acne scars that are not so deep. Giving your skin a natural glow and reducing your acne scar tramatically.
MicroLaserPeel for Acne Scars
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