You Don’t Have to Live with Acne Scars: Here’s What to Do About Them

Acne is an extremely common skin condition, affecting up to 50 million Americans. It usually begins in puberty and mostly affects adolescents and young adults. However, acne can occur at any time. While it can be managed with proper treatment, even when it does clear up, it will leave scars.

Acne scars can impact your self-esteem and self-image, leading to a lower quality of life. In the past, people with acne scars had to rely on camouflage makeup techniques. With today’s fractional CO2 laser technology, you can say goodbye to acne scars and hello to a new level of confidence.

Banish acne scars

Vitality of Agoura offers men and women the latest advancements in reducing the appearance of scars, including acne scars. Fractional CO2 laser treatment not only fades acne scars, it simultaneously reduces the signs of aging on the skin, including minimizing fine lines, wrinkles, and uneven skin pigmentation.

Unlike other laser treatments, fractional CO2 laser treatment is safe and effective for all skin types and tones, including darker skin tones. Enjoy all the benefits of skin resurfacing with minimal downtime. You can get back to your regular schedule within a few days following treatment.

How fractional CO2 laser treatment works

Board-certified physician Dr. Michael Sarti uses the fractional CO2 laser to create small, specially targeted microscopic punctures below the surface of the skin. The laser energy micro beams penetrate deep within skin tissue through the epidermis. This stimulates the body to produce new, healthy collagen to replace the damaged skin.

Collagen is a vital part of healthy skin. It’s the main structural protein that makes up connective tissues. Collagen holds your skin together, giving it firmness and elasticity, both qualities that keep skin looking youthful.

What to expect

During fractional CO2 laser treatment, you can expect to remain comfortable. Dr. Sarti applies topical numbing cream to the skin. A typical session lasts about an hour. You can expect to feel a slight sunburn sensation. This feeling usually goes away within four to five days.

Dr Sarti creates a customized treatment for each patient based on your aesthetic goals. Deeper treatments provide excellent results and require a recovery time of seven to ten days. Some patients prefer to get multiple shallow treatments, which require less recovery time.

Following treatment

Following laser CO2 treatment, you may notice your acne scars are less visible. Many patients notice that issues like age spots and wrinkles fade as well. Results typically become apparent starting a week after treatment and will continue to show improvement within six months of your first treatment. A single treatment can clear 30% to 70% of acne scars.

Dr. Sarti typically spaces treatments one to four weeks apart. For optimal results, four to five treatments are recommended. As the skin heals, collagen remodeling occurs and you may notice a boost in skin tightening, which will help maintain your acne-free complexion.

A healthy skin care routine plays a key role in maintaining your results. Dr. Sarti will discuss complementary treatments that can be combined to give you the best results. Secret® microneedling skin tightening treatments and Lase MD to reduce pigmentation are two complementary treatments that produce excellent results when combined with fractional CO2 laser treatments.

If you’re like the vast majority of people, you understand the benefits of clear skin. It’s no longer necessary to simply live with acne scars and blemishes. For more information on how Vitality of Agoura can use today’s aesthetic technology to improve the appearance of your skin, schedule your initial consultation by calling our Agoura Hills, California, office at 818-208-3803, or book online using our web scheduling tool. 

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