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5 Ways Laser Treatments Reduce Acne Scarring

Acne is the most common skin concern in the U.S., affecting over 50 million Americans every year. Technical advances in dermatology and medicine have provided laser treatments capable of helping patients with their acne.

Here, Dr. Barrera discusses five ways in which laser treatments such as photofractional laser resurfacing, vascular laser treatment, laser resurfacing can reduce scarring from acne.

Eliminate Dead Skin Cell Layers

Scarring is the process of the body and skin erratically healing itself.

When the connective tissue reforms in a non-uniformed manner, scars appear. As such, laser treatments can help this issue by removing layers of mal-formed skin cells. When these dead skin cell layers are removed, it allows the facial skin to heal in a more controlled manner, reducing the appearance of scarring.

Focus on Specific or General Areas

Each patient’s experience with acne differs significantly. Some patients experience acne in a localized, single location, such as the forehead, or chin, or cheeks. Other patients might experience acne in a more general area covering much of the face and side of head. Laser treatments are effective at treating acne scarring regardless of the location and size of area.

Treat Scars of Varying Depths

Some acne scars can be shallow, while others can be much deeper. Laser treatment techniques can effectively help scars of all depths due to their high precision and rapid mode of operation.

Stimulate Collagen Production

Collagen is an essential protein in the structural integrity of our skin. In many cases, acne scarring is a result of acne combined with reduced collagen in a particular area. When collagen production is stimulated, skin cells grow back healthier, stronger, and more uniform. Laser treatments inflict micro-injuries on underlying skin tissue which encourages and stimulates the body’s natural production of collagen. This reduces scarring and also leads to stronger, healthier, firmer skin.

Minimal Downtime

Laser treatments are highly targeted and specific procedures. As such, patients only experience the procedure precisely where they require it (unlike facial chemical peels, for example, which treat the entire face but for different purposes). The short amount of downtime means patients can carry on with their routines as regular. Just be sure to wear a hat when going out in the sun!

Acne Laser Treatment in San Antonio, TX

A quick consultation with Dr. Barrera, a leading reconstructive plastic surgeon in San Antonio, TX, can help you determine which laser procedure is best for you and your situation. Simply call (210) 468-5426 or fill out Dr. Barreras’ online form to discuss how we can improve your life today.