Non-ablative Laser with Ablative Laser for Acne Scars?

Can both non-ablative and ablative lasers be combined to treat acne scars (icepick and boxcar)? For example, 5 treatments of Palomar Starlux 1540, then one treatment of Pearl Fractional?

Doctor Answers 2

Fractional CO2 laser followed by IPL appropriate for most acne scarring

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Fractional CO2 laser should be done first to achieve textural improvement followed by series of nonablative laser such as Q-switched Nd:Yag laser (e.g. Spectra Laser by Lutronic) and/or IPL photofacial laser to even out skin tone.

Bay Area Dermatologic Surgeon
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Pearl Laser

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Yes, but Fractional seems to be the best way to approach these kind of scars. Thank you for your question and good luck with everything.

Vivek Bansal, MD
Danville Plastic Surgeon
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