Is fraxel right for my skin? (photos)
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Fraxel Laser for Acne Scars
Fraxel Laser is the gold standard for treating acne scars. Four to five treatments scheduled one month apart would be the best way to treat these scars. I would not recommend starting treatment until the Summer is over since you do not want to go in the sun after these treatments. You might also benefit from some injections such as sculptra to produce collagen in the areas where you have lost volume from the scars. Please consult a board certified dermatologist with a great deal of experience with acne scars and lasers.
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Acne Scars – Combination of Treatments Needed
The best treatment for acne scars depends upon an individual’s skin type, age, ethnicity, sun exposure, overall health and most importantly, the type of acne scars present (ice pick scars, boxcar scars, rolling scars, hypertrophic scars and variable degrees of hyperpigmentation). In order to give you an accurate treatment plan, a consultation is required to properly assess your skin.
An important step for all skin types is sun protection including the use of daily sunscreen, sun hats and sunglasses, all of which help prevent aging and sunburns.
When it comes to acne scar treatments, a combination of treatments are available including cosmeceuticals (medical grade skin care products specific for acne including ZO® Skin Health or ZO® Medical, Skinceuticals® or Glo-Minerals®), advanced laser resurfacing procedures (CO2 laser, Er:YAG laser, Fraxel DUAL®, PicoSure® FOCUS Lens Array), chemical peels (light, medium, deep including the blue peel), dermabrasion, augmentation/fillers, excision and/or subcision, punch techniques, microneedling/rolling, injections (corticosteroids, interferon, 5-FU), cryosurgery, electrodesiccation and microdermabrasion.
These are advanced techniques so be sure to get an experienced dermatologist or plastic surgeon consultation for recommendations and treatment options.