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5 Ways Laser Treatments Reduce Acne Scarring


Even if you’ve found the magic combination of skin care treatments, old and new acne scars can leave you feeling self-conscious about your appearance. Luckily, there’s hope. Laser treatments offer men and women a simple, non-invasive way path to clearer, smoother-looking skin. Here’s how treatments like PicoSure® and fractional laser therapy help reduce acne scarring.

Stimulates Healthy Skin Cell Growth

While some scars are the result of picking at pimples, most acne scars are remnants of breakouts that occur deep within the skin’s layers. While your body will naturally attempt to heal the damage, it may not produce enough collagen to do so – leaving you with unwanted pits and scarring.

Lasers get right to the root of this problem. By delivering targeted light energy to the problem area, fractional laser treatments stimulate increased collagen production – a crucial building block for new skin cell growth. Over the course of multiple treatment sessions, depressions and pits caused by acne breakouts shrink in size, while healthy skin cells replace old, damaged ones.

Targets Deep Skin Layers

While acne scars may seem like a superficial problem, effectively treating them requires penetrating skin tissue well below the surface. In contrast to over-the-counter scar creams or topical treatments, laser treatments can target specific, damaged skin cells in the dermis, while leaving the surrounding tissue unharmed. This highly targeted approach not only means more comprehensive treatment, but also opens the door for patients of all skin tones.

Improves Skin Texture

Stimulating the body’s natural collagen production with laser treatment goes beyond new cell growth. The concentrated light energy delivered by cosmetic lasers breaks down dead or damaged skin cells. As healthy new cells grow in, patients may notice their skin appears smoother and clearer.

Treats Hyperpigmentation

On some skin tones, acne scarring can also lead to noticeable hyperpigmentation. Renewed collagen production generated by laser skin treatments can improve these blemishes and dark spots. For patients, that means not only smoother-feeling skin, but also smoother-looking skin tones. At STC Plastic Surgery, PicoSure® laser treatment is an excellent option that has earned FDA approval for all skin types.

Creates a Healthy Environment

Beyond treating existing acne scars, laser treatments can also play a vital role in preventing future scars from developing. Light energy from lasers helps destroy acne-causing bacteria, while routine treatments combined with at-home care can help reduce the size of pores. Together, this one-two punch can help keep acne breakouts at bay and allows patients to enjoy clear skin longer.

Learn More About Laser Acne Treatments in the Inland Empire

Even if your days of acne breakouts are behind you, scars and hyperpigmentation can be a constant and unpleasant reminder. At STC Plastic Surgery, we’re here to help. Our Inland Empire double board-certified plastic surgeon can help you put uneven skin tone and texture behind you with our selection of non-surgical and laser acne treatments. To learn more, call (800) 303-9541 and schedule your consultation with Dr. Machida today!