Goodbye Pits and Pocks!
Remnants of acne, whether from your teenage or grown up years, can range from temporary discolouration to long-standing skin depressions. These markings are essentially injured collagen, and can manifest itself as shallow or deep “ice-pick” crevices. Sometimes acne scars don’t even show up until later in life (in your 30s or 40s) when the skin starts to lose volume, thus revealing itself like an unwanted house guest who overstays their welcome.
Acne scars are impossible to erase with over-the-counter products, but new advancements in laser technology over the past ten years has made it possible for dermatologists to effectively treat them with very little downtime for the patient.
Ablative Fractional Photothermolysis and Erbium Resurfacing are two types that our go-to derm Dr. Lisa Kellett offers at her clinic. Kellett believes these types are the most superior lasers on the market today for eradicating acne scars. Just one treatment can lead to visibly smoother skin, but most people require at least three treatments to notice significant changes. Here’s how each laser works:
Ablative Fractional Photothermolysis – called ProFractional at Kellet’s clinic – heats up columns of scar tissue, partially removes the damaged epidermis and dermis, resulting in wound remodeling with subsequent new collagen and elastin formation. This laser is good for shallow depressions and results can be optimized when combined with chemical peels. Social downtime is 5-7 days; cost starts at $900.
Erbium Resurfacing is great for deep scars (and wrinkles too) and is performed personally by Dr. Kellett. It works the same way as the ProFractional laser except that it completely removes the epidermis and part of the dermis. For more information about how this technology works, click here. Social downtime is 7-10 days; cost starts at $2500.
BONUS BENEFIT these lasers can reduce the size of enlarged pores, which is common in severe acne sufferers.