Laser Acne scar Treatments

Laser Acne scar Treatments

Anyone that is suffering from, or has suffered from acne in the past will know about the scars which can be caused after a lesion has disappeared. Most acne sufferers will develop a scar as a result of skin tissue damage caused by a spot or pimple. People can suffer from different types of scarring and the type of scar and severity of it will help determine the kind of treatment that can be used. To help decide the best course of action it is wise to visit a dermatologist for advice.

If you are someone that is only affected with mild to moderate scarring, then laser acne scar treatments may be recommended; these have a high success rate when compared to other methods of treatment and despite being a surgical procedure some laser treatments have minimal pain.

Types of lasers to treat acne

Laser acne scar treatments are generally carried out using two kinds of laser, ablative laser and non-ablative laser.

Ablative laser acne scar treatments aim to remove the layer of scar tissue by burning away the affected area. The laser also stimulates the growth of collagen which is a type of protein in the skin, the collagen can help to reduce the scar and improve the appearance of the skin.

The common lasers used in these kinds of resurfacing procedures are:


  • Carbon dioxide (C02) lasers
  • Erbrium YAG lasers
  • Pulsed dye yellow laser

The use of ablative laser surgery will often leave the skin red for several months after treatment; it will also require a series of treatments before scars fade away. Patients should make sure that they understand the expectations of surgery before undergoing any procedure, while laser treatment is successful when compared to other methods, scars may not disappear altogether. Anyone undergoing ablative laser acne scar treatments can expect to eliminate between 50%-75% of scars.

The use of non-ablative lasers is non-wounding, cause minimal or no pain, have no side effects and can be completed in 30 minutes. There is also very little recovery time needed with non-ablative surgery which makes it an excellent choice of laser acne scar treatments.

Surgical procedure for laser treatments

Both ablative and non-ablative laser acne scar treatments are carried out on an out-patient basis, although the use of an ablative laser will take more time as the procedure is carried out using a local anaesthetic. During surgery you will be asked to wear an eye shield if your face is the area of treatment so that the laser does not come in contact with the eyes.

The laser beam is passed over the area in need of treatment and is controlled precisely over where it penetrates. Depending on the size area being treated surgery can last up to one hour during this time you will remain awake.

After treatment has been completed you will be allowed to rest until the effects of the anaesthetic have worn off, after this you will be allowed to leave and continue recovery at home.