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5 Ways Laser Treatments Reduce Acne Scarring


Acne isn’t just a stubborn thing to get rid of—it can also leave behind raised, texturized scarring on the face and neck. Even with the most potent retinoids found over the counter, most can do little about this concern.

Fortunately, with advances in medical and dermatological technology, there are several ways that laser treatments can help target painful acne and smooth away the rough bumps it leaves behind.

Different types of acne scars require specific laser treatments. At Desert Med AestheticsDr. Doriana Cosgrove offers a wide range of specialized laser treatments. The most popular for acne scarring, in particular, are Fractional Laser Therapy and IPL Therapy. After a thorough evaluation of your skin, Dr. Cosgrove will recommend a laser treatment that will reduce acne scarring and restore your skin’s radiance.

Facial laser treatments can sound intimidating; however, they’re actually quite comfortable, practical, and fascinating. Here are 5 ways that laser treatments reduce acne scarring.

1. Removes Dead Layer of Skin

Acne scars form when the structure of the skin cells is damaged in a way that prevents the skin from healing properly. As the acne wound closes and the skin heals, it can do so in a chaotic manner that results in discolored and deformed dead skin cells, showing a scar. A useful laser treatment for these types of scars is fractional skin resurfacing. During this process, a highly controlled laser that’s segmented into thousands of microlight threads focuses on the closer of scarring. The laser then induces thousands of controlled, microscopic injuries that gently stimulate the body’s natural healing process and allows for more consistent healing.

2. Promotes Collagen Production

Collagen is naturally produced by our body and is one of the most beneficial substances for skin health and structure. Laser treatments, especially IPL therapy, offer scar-healing potential over larger surface areas by stimulating the body’s natural collagen production and healing response. The influx of collagen and freshly healed skin can dramatically improve skin tone and texture.

3. Reaches Various Depths

Deep acne scars are difficult to reach with topical treatments alone because the skin cell damage goes deeper into the dermal layer. This means treatments for deeper scars need to inflict micro-injuries deeper into the skin while not affecting the healthy tissues around the scar. Fractional laser skin resurfacing is an excellent option in these instances. The laser can reach deep into the dermal layer of the skin, causing those micro-tears, which will promote new skin cell renewal and healing.

4. Breaks Apart Pigmentation

The infrared light used in the lasers helps destroy harmful bacteria in the skin that cause acne and scarring. By getting ahead of the scarring process before it can fully heal, your skin will have a much easier time returning to its normal coloration and texture as if the blemishes never existed.

5. Destroys Harmful Bacteria

The infrared light used in the lasers is also effective in destroying harmful bacteria in the skin that cause acne and scarring. By getting ahead of the scarring process before it can fully heal, your skin will have a much easier time returning to its normal coloration and texture as if the blemishes never existed.

Ready to Enjoy Scar-free Skin?

Don’t let acne scarring continue to affect your self-confidence. Put your best face forward this new year and contact Indian Wells cosmetic specialist Dr. Doriana Cosgrove at Desert Med Aesthetics for a consultation today.