Skincare has come a long way, with technological advancements making it possible for both men and women to achieve young-looking, smooth, and radiant skin. One of the peskiest skincare problems is acne formation, which can lead to scarring.
Acne scars can be difficult to handle and eradicate, but with the help of modern methods, like acne scar removal treatments, it is still possible to reach smooth and scar-free skin.
What are the common acne scar removal treatments?
Scars from acne can seem like double punishment. After dealing with acne breakouts, you need to get rid of the severe scarring. Depending on the skin type and severity of the scar, many acne removal treatments are available.
Some of the most common procedures include microdermabrasion, chemical peelings, micro-needling with PRP, dermal fillers, and laser treatment for acne scars.
Apart from common treatments for acne scars, there are natural remedies you can try first: these include using natural and organic products such as shea butter, coconut oil, aloe vera gel, baking soda, lemon juice, and raw honey, to name a few.
Laser treatments are also helpful in removing acne scars. One of the most popular treatments today is the Nordlys Ellipse Frax Laser, which offers a legacy of innovative medical aesthetic treatments to reduce acne scar’s appearance. The laser treatments can remove icepick acne scars, boxcar scars, and rolling acne scars, among others.
The Frax Laser works with controlled heat that penetrates to a certain depth on the skin and stimulates collagen production; this eventually improves skin texture and scarring. Besides acne, conditions like wrinkles, sun damage, and hyper-pigmentation will also be addressed. The combination of Frax with Ellipse IPL makes the best laser acne scar removal of all; this will reduce the sebum produced by the glands, therefore acne. Patients report over 85% improvement of acne scars and pigmentation caused by this; this technology combination is patented and can only be found on the Nordlys™ system.
Acne scar removal and inflammatory acne can be improved with this treatment; however, you might need more than one session to achieve the full result. The number of treatments required will depend on the severity of your condition. A complete evaluation by your medical provider needs to be done to determine this.
Do’s before an acne scar removal treatment
Generally, acne scar removal treatments are safe and effective. To make the result more promising, here are things you can do before the procedure.
Listen to instructions carefully
Before any procedure, whether it may be medical, surgical, or aesthetic purposes, it is essential to carefully listen to your doctor’s instructions. This way, the procedure will provide the best results.
The doctor will provide detailed instructions before the procedure or a day before your scheduled laser acne removal procedure, which is the most common and effective procedure to combat acne scars today.
Tweak your lifestyle before treatment
Laser acne removal treatment is a crucial step in lightening acne scars. Before the treatment, you may need to make a few lifestyle changes to promote healing and get the best treatment results.
Usually, dermatologists recommend that patients should quit smoking for at least two weeks before the treatment; smoking will delay your wound healing process. You will also need to stop using other skincare products, especially those containing glycolic acid or retinoid, for at least two to four weeks; these will give a constant exfoliation to your skin, making this one more sensitive to the treatment.
Eat a healthy diet
To have the best skin condition before the laser acne removal treatment, it is important to boost your health to optimum levels. This way, you will recover faster, and your skin will be in excellent condition.
Start by eating fruits and vegetables, especially those that are good for the skin, including carrots, apricots, green leafy vegetables, tomatoes, beans, berries, salmon, fatty fish, and nuts, among others.
Plus, hydration is crucial in achieving healthy skin. Make sure you drink eight to ten glasses of water daily to keep the skin smooth, plump, and hydrated.
Don’ts before having an acne scar removal treatment
If there are do’s before having your acne scar removed, it is crucial to know which you should avoid doing.
Don’t take medicines that can delay healing
Since a laser acne scar removal treatment acts on the skin, it may cause a few and painless lesions. These lesions must heal properly to avoid further scar formation.
Dermatologists recommend stopping taking aspirin, vitamin E, and other medications and supplements that can cause delayed healing. Aspirin and NSAID (Ibuprofen, Naproxen, Advil), should be stopped around one week before the procedure since it reduces the production of 12-HHT, which are produced during blood coagulation and is essential in skin healing.
Don’t stay under the sun
Sun protection is crucial before and after laser treatment of the skin. Showing up for laser treatment with sunburned skin, the dermatologist cannot treat you. Laser treatment can cause a severe burn or discolor your skin if it is already damaged. Make sure your skin is in top shape before the treatment to get the best results.
Also, after the procedure, you must continue to protect the skin from the sun until it is completely healed. It is mandatory to wear your SPF 30-50 and avoid direct sunlight.
Don’t rush things
Laser treatments for acne scars are quick procedures with short downtimes; however, they require skin preparation to have better results. It is important to listen to your dermatologist, who will explain the procedure and what to do before the treatment.
Understand all the instructions to get the best results and maximize the efficacy of the laser treatment. Quit smoking, avoiding exfoliation, anti-inflammatories, and sun exposure will guaranteed the best possible outcome.
Not all treatments that remove acne scarring are the same or have the same indications. Your dermatologist will talk to you about the expected length of treatment time, depending on the acne scars’ severity. Make sure you go for a full consultation with a professional to make sure you are the perfect candidate for the selected treatment.
Dr. Angelica Parra is a licensed Medical Doctor originally from Barquisimeto, Venezuela. She has earned her medical degree from Lisandro Alvarado Central Western University. Dr. Parra’s achievements led her to become certified as an occupational physician, and she completed Facial and Body Aesthetics in the University of Carabobo in Venezuela.
Dr. Parra’s interest in aesthetic has led her to complete the Advanced Training in Non-surgical Facial Rejuvenation and Aesthetic Medical Procedures in Miami, Florida. She has specialized in the application of Botox cosmetic, Dysport and dermal fillers. She enjoys writing highly informative content that helps people make better health choices. She is currently a medical writer for Alinea Medical Spa Acne Scar & Laser Skin Care NYC.
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