Do you remember being in your teens and noticing those raised pus-filled bumps on your skin? Yes, that probably the beginning of puberty. At some point in our lives, we have all had to deal with acne. For most people, acne will resolve after puberty. For some others, without intervention, they may have to deal with acne for most of their adult lives.
Acne is formed when sebum (oil produced by the skin), dead skin cells and bacteria accumulate within the pores in your skin. As a result of this, your skin gets irritated, inflammation and lesions begin to form, and they are manifested as acne. When you have recurring bouts of acne, they are almost always accompanied with acne scars. Acne scars are formed when acne penetrates the inner layers of the skin thus causing damage to the cells and tissues that lie beneath.
Laser Treatment for Treatment of Acne Scars
Laser treatment involves focusing light on the topmost layer of the skin. The purpose of this is to break up existing scar tissue and encourage the skin to grow new and healthy skin cells as replacement. According to health experts, although laser treatment will not completely remove acne scars, it can greatly improve their appearance.
There are various laser procedures or laser resurfacing techniques for treating acne scars. Some of them will be discussed below:
Fractional Laser Treatment:
Fractional lasers break up the laser energy into thousands of tiny beams. This enables you to focus on treating only a fraction of skin in the area per time. Not only is this a non-invasive procedure, but it has bridged the gap between ablative and non-ablative procedures.
Fractional Laser treatment is very well suited for treating acne scars, sun damaged skin and even ageing skin.
Intensed Pulse Light:
Technically, Intensed Pulsed Light (IPL) treatments are not laser treatments. However, they work in a similar manner. Instead of using focused high frequency, single wavelength light, like in laser treatments, IPL treatments use a spectrum of light wavelengths which are delivered to the skin in short pulses. The different light wavelengths in IPL are known to absorb excess pigmentation from the skin as well as stimulate collagen production. The combination of these two effects results in a more even complexion and skin tone.
IPL is generally used to treat hyperpigmentation, varicose veins, sun damage, vascular lesions, uneven texture etc. According to a 2016 study, IPL is very effective in the treatment of hypertrophic scars and keloids.
V-Beam Laser or Pulsed Dye Laser (PDL):
Pulsed Dye Laser treatments utilizes concentrated beams of light to target blood vessels in the skin. The heat from the high intensity light destroys the blood vessels in the skin without causing damage.
The duration of laser energy directed at the skin is always set shorter than the target area’s thermal relaxation time. This ensures that the effects of the laser are only felt at the target area and no damage is done to surrounding tissue. PDL treatments are effective for some of the following skin conditions: Cutaneous vascular lesions, melasma, burns, and other non-vascular skin conditions.
Smooth beam Laser Treatment:
Smoothbeam laser treatment is an exciting technology that uses a combination of skin heating and skin cooling to target the middle later of the skin. The hot laser stimulates the production of collagen and targets oil producing glands of the skin while the cooling device protects the outermost later of the skin. According to a 2005 study, a combination of smoothbeam laser technology and 30% trichloroacetic acid peels is effective in the treatment of active acne and acne scars.
PRP And Microneedling For Acne Scars:
Microneedling, also known as collagen induction therapy, involves the use of a special roller device with needles to prick the skin. At extra cost, Platelet-rich Plasma can be injected into the skin with these special needles.
PRP improves the healing process, decreases swelling and the appearance of redness commonly associated with microneedling. Currently, microneedling is used to treat various skin defects including: hyperpigmentation, age spots and even wrinkles. Although this procedure is generally harmless, you may want to avoid it if you are pregnant, have delayed injury healing, still have active acne and if your skin has been exposed to radiation within the last twelve months.
Smartxide2 CO2 Fractional Laser for Acne Scars:
The Smartxide2 Fractional CO2 Laser is one of the newer procedures in the industry. It works to tighten loose skin, improve skin texture as well as minimize the appearance of wrinkles. It can also be used to improve the appearance of stretch marks and acne scars.
The procedure involves the use of fractionated bi-polar radio frequency to penetrate the deep layers of the skin while minimizing damage to the top layer. When the radio pulse hits the target area, it stimulates the generation of collagen which will ultimately result in an improvement in the smoothness and texture of the skin.
Erbium: (Erb: YAG) Treatment for Acne Scars:
This treatment uses infrared rays to penetrate the skin. This causes the removal of damaged skin giving room for the generation of new, healthy skin. Unlike other laser procedures, the drying and death of skin tissue is significantly less in this procedure.
Profractional Laser Treatment for Acne Scars:
This is also an Erb: YAG laser treatment. However, in this procedure, the skin is treated in fractions and multiple sessions might be required. The procedure uses a laser beam removes thousands of different channels within your skin tissues. Since only a fraction of your skin is treated at once, the surrounding layers that have not been treated will promote rapid healing. This healing process results in the production of collagen in the skin making it smoother and firmer.
Like all the procedures discussed above, laser technology is very effective in the treatment of various skin disorders. It is also minimally invasive while yielding long lasting results. For persons in Singapore looking to finally rid themselves of those acne scars that have plagued you for so long, find an aesthetic clinic that treats acne as a specialty such as Illumia Medical, to respond to all your enquiries and book consultations where necessary. With the power of laser technology, you can finally have the skin that you deserve.