Many people who have acne scars feel its negative effects down to their mental and emotional health. Studies have shown that those who suffer from this skin condition are at risk of developing anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, low quality of life, poor self-image, and feeling lonely. Typical causes of acne include bacteria, excess oil production, hair follicles clogged by dead skin cells and oil, and excessive hormonal activity. Acne may get worse due to certain medications, hormones, stress, and diet.
Frequently Asked Questions
Fractional CO2 laser treatment has always been described as a series of fast, hot pinches. Local anesthetic will be applied to reduce the discomfort during the treatment.
CO2 laser treatment might leave some temporary redness in your skin after the procedure. However, this is normal as your skin reacts to the changes. The redness will reduce itself after 1-2 days.
The downtime for fractional CO2 laser treatment is approximately 5-6 days. However, the deeper the treatment goes, and the bigger area covered, a longer time is needed for your skin to heal.
Most of our patients completed their treatment after 1 hour to 1 hour and a half. However, the amount of time varies depending on the severity of the skin.
CO2 laser treatment is the best solution for acne scar is you wish to get the most results with one session. The good thing about this treatment is that it can be customized. The deeper you go, the longer it is to see the result. For a shallow treatment, the result can be seen as soon as 1 or 2 days after the redness disappear.
Depending on the severity of the skin, most of our patients do not need a continued appointment as the result of CO2 laser treatment is permanent. As the collagen production continue, your skin retains its beautiful texture and bright complexion. However, to complete a treatment, total of 4-5 treatments is needed. It would be spaced 1-4 weeks apart to give the skin time to heal and rest.
You’re recommended to apply a cool pack to the treated area to reduce the redness. A warm shower can also help with your blood circulation. Applying skin care treatments and moisturizers can also help your skin to heal faster. You are also recommended to apply sunblock whenever you’re going out to reduce exposure to the sun that might cause pigmentation. What should you avoid after the procedure is skin picking, as it may cause scarring. Please avoid using Retin-A, Benzyl Peroxide or glycolic acid for a few weeks. Our expert doctors will give you a detailed instruction on how to manage your skin properly. You are also advised to not put heavy pressure on the treated area as it might cause trauma to the skin. This involves massages, vigorous activities or further scratches.
There is no dietary constriction with this procedure.