Acne Scar Laser Treatment in Weston / Fort Lauderdale Florida
Acne scars are one of the most difficult skin conditions to treat. However, treating patients with acne scars can be extremely rewarding for the physician. Along with treating existing acne scars, preventing acne and the development of further scarring is also a central goal in treatment.
Sufferers of acne are often left with deep scars and depressions on the face and body, which can be psychologically and emotionally damaging. There are a number of treatment options that can improve the appearance of acne scarring, although some are more effective than others. Some treatment options include:
1) Excision/subcision (subcutaneous incision-less surgery)
2) Chemical peels (TCA (trichloroacetic acid) CROSS, glycolic acid)
4) Facial fillers
5) Fractionated CO2 laser resurfacing
6) Sublative skin resurfacing (Radiofrequency)
Over the past several years, Dr. Greene has treated acne scars with the Lumenis Ultrapulse CO2 (carbon dioxide) laser. In his South Florida practice, Dr. Greene has developed his own treatment protocol for his patients with acne scars. Using the Ultrapulse CO2 laser, patients are treated with the Total FX modality. This involves both a deep (Deep FX) and superficial (Active FX) skin resurfacing treatment. While many patients benefit from just one treatment, most patients with acne scars will benefit from multiple treatments. During the initial consultation, Dr. Greene will discuss all of the possible treatment options and recommend a personalized treatment plan to optimize the eventual outcome.
Another effective treatment is Sublative Skin Resurfacing, which uses Radiofrequency (RF) energy to stimulate new collagen formation and improve the appearance of acne scars. This treatment offers the advantages of little downtime and no risk to patients with darker skin. It can be used in patients of all skin types. Dr. Greene often incorporates both Sulblative and Total FX treatments into a patient’s treatment plan.
As a board-certified facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Greene is uniquely qualified to address facial skin concerns. And as a laser specialist, he continually stays at the leading edge of laser technology. If you would like to learn more about Dr. Greene’s Total FX Acne Scar Treatment, call our office at (954) 651-6600.
Laser Acne Scar Treatment Video
A LASER CENTER OF EXCELLENCE
Dr. Greene directs a Laser Center of Excellence that delivers the most cutting-edge laser treatments available. As a leading expert in laser and light technology, Dr. Greene offers the highest level of care with his aesthetic laser treatments. After careful evaluation, Dr. Greene has selected the safest and most effective laser treatments for his laser center.
While many ‘laser clinics’ and ‘medspas’ offer a number of laser treatments, experience and a physician’s supervision are often lacking. A patient should not underestimate the importance of being treated at a physician’s office when it comes to their laser treatments. Lasers and light-based devices can lead to serious complications if not used properly. At GreeneMD, all Acne Scar Treatments are performed by our Certified Physician Assistant, Holly Rafferty.
THE LUMENIS ULTRAPULSE ENCORE…THE NEXT GENERATION IN FRACTIONAL TECHNOLOGY
The Lumenis Ultrapulse laser is capable of three treatments: Active FX, Deep FX, and Total FX (a combination of both Active FX and Deep FX). The Active FX treatment safely and precisely removes skin to a pre-determined depth, while the Deep FX treatment breaks up collagen within the scars. As the collagen remodels over the ensuing weeks, the skin is smoothed and the scars build up to the level of healthy skin. Because acne scars often have deep skin indentations, multiple treatments are often necessary. Most patients notice significant improvement after 3 to 4 Total FX treatments.
BENEFITS OF AN ACNE SCAR TREATMENT WITH TOTAL FX LASER RESURFACING:
- Immediate skin tightening after one treatment
- Improved skin tone and texture
- Smooths acne scar depressions in the skin
- Minimal downtime – usually less than a week
- Short procedure time – less than 30 minutes for a full face treatment
- Stimulation of collagen growth for up to six months
- Long-lasting results that can continue for many years
WHO IS A CANDIDATE FOR ACNE SCAR TREATMENT?
Patients with any degree of acne scarring are good candidates for fractional laser resurfacing. However, patients with deep ‘ice pick’ acne scars may not respond as well to treatment, and may instead be offered another treatment, such as subcision. Patients must be willing to undergo multiple treatments separated by three-month intervals. Those patients who are more committed to the treatment plan tend to have much better results. The UltraPulse is considered safe for most skin types, but Dr. Greene will assess this at the consultation. Patients who have taken Accutane in the past 12 months or have a history of keloid scarring should not undergo treatment.
ACNE SCAR TREATMENT FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
WHAT CAN I EXPECT AFTER A TOTAL FX PROCEDURE?
Most patients notice an improvement after the skin peels, but collagen growth and remodeling leads to additional improvement and refinement over a period of approximately three to six months. While some patients notice improvement after only one treatment, most patients will benefit from multiple treatments.
WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF THE ULTRAPULSE LASER OVER OTHER RESURFACING LASERS?
There are many advantages of the Lumenis Ultrapulse over other fractionated CO2 lasers. As a pulsed laser, the Ultrapulse is able to safely generate a much higher energy than other lasers, with no increase in complications or risk. The Ultrapulse is considered by many to be the ‘gold standard’ for fractionated laser resurfacing. The ability to deliver higher energies makes the Ultrapulse well suited to the treatment of acne scars, which tend to require higher energies to achieve an excellent clinical result.
IS THERE DISCOMFORT DURING OR AFTER TREATMENT?
To minimize discomfort, a topical anesthetic is used. Following the procedure, patients often experience a ‘sunburned’ feeling that subsides over two to three hours. After this, most patients report no discomfort.
WHAT IS THE RECOVERY LIKE AFTER A TOTAL FX LASER RESURFACING PROCEDURE?
Patients return home immediately following the procedure. The downtime is typically less than one week. The treated skin usually peels in five to six days. The skin may then be slightly pink, which typically fades within a week or two. This is easily concealed with makeup or tinted sunscreen. Dr. Greene recommends specific medical-grade products to accelerate the healing process, and our office provides patients with all instructions for post-procedure skin care.
ARE THERE ANY RISKS OR COMPLICATIONS OF A TOTAL FX PROCEDURE?
Compared to traditional CO2 laser treatments, there are very few risks and complications associated with fractionated CO2 treatments. Risks are minimized if sun exposure is limited for a short period after the procedure. Treatment with the Ultrapulse laser is very safe because the treatments are very precise. Any changes in skin pigmentation are usually mild and temporary.
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