LASER TREATMENT of SCARS/ACNE
The Pulse Dye Vascular Laser has allowed treatment of scars in their early bulking up phase, reducing the length of time a scar is red, raised and thickened, and accelerating the transition to the maturation phase of wound healing. This treatment actually modifies scar growth by interfering with some of the blood vessel ingrowth into the scar, and the way collagen makes up the characteristics of a prominent scar on the face or body. Blood vessel overgrowth in scar tissue usually leads to collagen overgrowth that then leads to scar prominence. With active red, raised acne scars, control of skin bacteria and shrinking of oil glands with the pulse dye laser, is another reason for the effectiveness of the treatment.
We are able to make early scars better and less visible sooner in the healing process, and treat older poor scars and some acne scars as well. This is a very exciting breakthrough in the treatment of a sometimes difficult problem using presently available techniques.
Laser treatment of scars is quick and very tolerable with no downtime. The treatments are usually started 3 weeks following surgery, at 2 to 3 week intervals, depending on the response. A minimum of 4 treatments are required, but more may be needed depending upon the response.
The redder the better is a basic premise for scar treatment with the Pulse Dye Vascular Laser. With stretch mark scars, for example, we combine Particle Skin Resurfacing (PSR) prior to the Laser Treatment, to redden the scar for a more effective laser treatment and response.
While estimated that more than 80% of the worlds population at some time has been affected by
acne, there is still no cure.
Inflammatory acne is the result of a mixture of debris, sebum and bacteria that multiplies in the pore. Laser technology damages the sebaceous glands by thermal or heat energy, reducing oil production. The laser also has an antibacterial effect and reduces the red inflammation in and around the pustule.
Active acne scars that are red and raised respond well to Pulse Dye Vascular Laser Treatment, but inflammation and pustules must first be controlled. This is one of the few treatments for acne that can have a significant, positive emotional impact, especially on teenagers, when improvement does occur.
Patients considering laser treatment for acne at IV Seasons Skin Care must consult with a paramedical esthetician. Patients will be placed on an appropriate product and peel protocol and laser treatments will then be incorporated at three to six week intervals.