What to Do About Bothersome Acne Scars

What to Do About Bothersome Acne Scars

Treating acne scars with a laser is an increasingly popular option for improving or even healing acne scars on the face. Scarring, subsequent pigment disorders, unpredictable cosmetic results, or changes in facial expressions can occur with conventional methods like deep chemical peels or dermabrasion.

However, the Fotona laser system is as gentle on your skin as possible. At STL Vein & Cosmetics, board-certified physician Dr. Eric Mai offers skin rejuvenation and acne treatment plans specific to your aesthetic wishes.

Scars result from your skin’s natural healing process. Unfortunately, scarring can take a toll on your self-confidence. At STL Vein & Cosmetics, with two offices in St. Louis, Missouri, our compassionate team provides scar removal using this advanced laser tool that minimizes the appearance of scars. 

Why do I have acne scars?

Acne is the most common skin condition in the US. Almost 50 million Americans experience acne every year, so you’re not alone if you’re dealing with this frustrating situation.

The characteristic skin imperfections, pimples, and blackheads appear because of hormonal changes. However, acne can also be present in adulthood. You might feel self-conscious or uncomfortable because of the visible redness and pimples. 

In some cases where acne hasn’t been treated sufficiently, the inflammation leads to indentations in the skin. These acne scars can lead to a massive impairment of the quality of life for both women and men.

How can I prevent acne scars?

If you squeeze pimples and blackheads, bacteria can get into the wound, causing inflammation. The inflammation destroys your normal connective tissue, which differs in appearance from the rest of the tissue. Scars are less supplied with blood and may harden and pull inwards. 

Whether acne scars develop depends on the type of acne, your skin type, and age. An older person’s skin doesn't regenerate as well as when they were younger, so acne scars are a common consequence of the condition.

You also can’t always prevent acne scars. In severe cases of acne, you can’t control your skin’s inflammatory processes. It’s important to make an appointment at STL Vein & Cosmetics early so we can reduce inflammation of hair follicles and skin. We’ll also treat bacterial infections to help prevent future acne scars.

Using a laser for acne scars

Laser therapy is the gold standard in acne scarring treatment. Fotona has developed a laser acne treatment that’s carefully controlled to safely penetrate your skin and effectively target overactive sebaceous (oil) glands, reducing the likelihood of fresh acne breakouts.

Fotona uses a precise and mild skin resurfacing method in which the skin's upper layers absorb the laser beam to vaporize scarred tissue and promote collagen formation in the dermis.

Fast results without side effects

Fotona's laser treatment for aggressive acne decreases acne inflammation by using regulated heating effects. The laser penetrates the skin to an ideal treatment depth, thermally and selectively destroying excessive sebaceous glands.

The acne laser treatment accelerates your healing process and stimulates collagen growth, which is essential in the long-term treatment of acne.

Gentle and effective acne scar treatment

Fotona laser treatment for bothersome acne scars is a gentle scar treatment. The laser safely and successfully penetrates the skin to the minimum depth required for acne scar resurfacing. 

Laser skin resurfacing, unlike chemical peels and dermabrasion, enables precise control of penetration depth. The laser vaporizes micro-thin layers of the acne scar surface, exposing the healthy, undamaged skin beneath. Laser surface treatment is a simple, rapid, and safe procedure.

The Fotona laser treatment is a unique, powerful, and full-featured system that uses the industry's most powerful lasers. It’s ideal for treating acne scars and a variety of other aesthetic and dermatological applications. 

You can achieve smoother skin and reduce the appearance of acne scars at STL Vein & Cosmetics. To make an appointment with Dr. Mai, call the office or request an appointment online today.

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