Acne, also known as pimples, is something everyone is familiar with. At some stage in our lives, most of us have actually experienced it as well. In fact, acne is one of the most common skin conditions. Some people experience it during adulthood as well, as a response to stress and hormonal changes. Acne on its own is very distressing. It usually affects the face along with the upper torso (shoulders, chest and back). These regions are rich in oil (sebaceous) glands. When the hair follicles on the face get clogged up with dead cells and oil, they become breeding grounds for bacteria which results in the signature red bumps of acne. Often they become filled with pus if not treated on time. The acne usually spreads further due to picking these bumps (lesions) and due to hormonal changes.

Depending on the severity of the acne can be classified as mild, moderate and severe. Severe acne cases are the most distressful, as they result in cysts and nodules at first, but on healing, can leave nasty acne scars. These scars are also known as pockmarks and are permanent without treatment, causing further distress and act as a reason for low self-confidence. However, with the advent of laser therapy and a few alternative options, acne scars can be treated successfully, returning confidence to the individual and restoring their self-esteem.

 

Treatment option: Cutera Laser Excel V

Cutera Laser Excel V provides the best in-class option for treating acne scars. It works by removing the topmost layers of skin in the affected areas with precision, removing damaged skin layers, along with the acne scars. New skin growth is generated which will be made of all new cells. As the skin heals, the original acne marks become visibly less noticeable.

 

Excel V has been developed using valuable feedback from physicians, to ensure that you get the most comfortable laser therapy possible with the least amount of discomfort. Excel V has best in-class contact cooling, it’s efficient, and it delivers proven results for your peace of mind.

Treatment option: other methods include

  • Microdermabrasion and dermabrasion, which works by sanding away the uppermost layers of the skin. This works well with only smaller acne scars and requires several sessions before an improvement can be seen.
  • Dermal Fillers – These are products that are injected into the pockmarks (acne scars) to bring them to the same level as the rest of the skin. The effect is temporary and last from a few months to a few years only.
  • Micro-needling – The doctor uses microneedles to create punctures in the skin, where the acne scars are. The aim is to trigger new collagen production which will fill the scars. Sessions are done every few weeks, and results can take up to a year to become visible.

 

Number of visits, and the average length of a visit for laser treatment?
Depending on the number of acne scars and how they are spread, a visit can take anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour. The number of visits required is determined by the doctor upon examination.

Side Effects of laser treatment
The most usual side effects related to laser treatment include swelling and redness. Using ice packs can reduce the swelling, while moisturizers are used for soothing effects. More adverse but rare side effects include burns from the laser heat, skin infection and scarring.

Recovery Time laser treatment
Recovery time for skin healing for acne marks usually range from 3 to 10 day. In case of itching and scab formation, the doctor may prescribe steroids and recommend petroleum jelly application. Sunscreen application, avoiding direct sunlight and use of moisturizers are very important in quick healing and better results.