Acne Scar Treatment
Commercials come on all the time showing actors with flawless skin and “loving the skin they‘re in” to quote one brands tag line. For the rest of the world however people often have blemishes and acne breakouts, some of which result in significant facial scarring. Depending on the severity of the scarring, patients often report feeling disfigured by them. Dr. Green has spoken on the effects of facial scarring and national meetings and believes treatment can have a significant positive impact on an individual’s life in many cases. The good news is that in a majority of these cases that once the acne is controlled scars can be improved with some effort and the use of special techniques such as autogenous fat transfer and CO2 laser resurfacing. By completing a fellowship in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Dr. Green has specific training in treating the scars of the face to provide an optimized aesthetic outcome.
What is a laser?
The word “laser” is an acronym, which stands for Light Amplification by the Stimulated Emission of Radiation. A surgical laser, such as the CO2 laser, is a beam of light capable of removing unwanted tissue, such as scarred, lined, wrinkled, and otherwise imperfect skin. The laser vaporizes skin cells by emitting bursts of radiation that are absorbed by water in these cells. Laser light penetrates to a very precise, controlled depth, making the procedure safe and predictable, while reducing the risk of scarring or pigmentation problems. Laser skin resurfacing is bloodless, and is performed right here in our office, under sedation. As a result of this treatment, you are left with healthier more natural looking skin.
What areas can be treated through laser resurfacing?
The laser is used to reduce acne scars skin imperfections anywhere on the face and neck. The treatment is often combined with an undermining of the tethered scars with injections of transferred fat to help raise the scar and smooth the facial texture.