Can laser skin resurfacing get rid of acne scars?
Acne scars are difficult and complicated problem to treat. Unfortunately, no treatment exists that will completely remove acne scars. Many different skin treatments such as lasers, chemical peels, excisions and dermabrasion can significantly improve the appearance of acne scars. Often combinations of different treatments are used to produce the optimal improvement. Laser skin resurfacing can significantly improve the appearance of acne scar in most patients. In patients with lighter skin color, a more aggressive laser resurfacing treatment can be performed with the CO2 laser, Erbium laser or the fractionated CO2 laser. Ablative resurfacing lasers remove the top layers of the skin and encourage scar remodeling in the deeper layers of the skin. Significant improvement can be seen after 1-2 treatments. For patients with darker skin color, there is an increased risk of change in skin color and often a nonablative laser resurfacing procedure can produce significant improvement after several treatments.
– Dr. Jessica Kulak