Living with acne is bad enough. But even when the inflammation and pimples subside, scars can sometimes remain. And that can leave you feeling self-conscious. That’s why Capital Laser & Skin Care offers a range of highly effective treatments, designed to reduce or even almost eliminate the appearance of acne scars. We offer both microneedling and laser-based approaches.
Why Do Acne Scars Form?
When pimples appear during a breakout, they cause damage to the surrounding skin structures. In response, the body’s immune system kicks into action to fix the damage – just like if you cut yourself.
Unfortunately, though, this process isn’t perfect. Sometimes, the body creates too many repair compounds, such as collagen. And other times, it makes too little, leading to the formation of scars and pits.
Acne Scar Treatments
However, Capital Laser & Skin Care offers solutions. Our treatments help patients reduce the extent of their scarring and, in some cases, get rid of it entirely.
Microneedling is a potent acne scar treatment that involves making thousands of micro-injuries on the surface of the skin. It puts underlying cells into a state of stress, forcing them to increase collagen, repairing old acne scars.
Capital Laser & Skin Care offers Genius® RF Microneedling. It combines traditional mechanical microneedling with an radiofrequency-emitting applicator that boosts collagen and elastin production, enhancing the scar removal process.
Fraxel® Dual Laser
Fraxel® Dual Laser stimulates the skin using the power of lasers, helping to improve tone and texture while gently exfoliating the surface. It works on both fresh scars and those patients have had for many decades.
Lastly, Halo™ laser treatment uses the power of targeted light to break up scarring and encourage skin renewal. Before the treatment, Dr. Shah, Dr. Tanzi, or Dr. Peters, will apply a topical anesthetic to reduce sensation in the skin. Then they focus the laser on the areas you’d like to treat. After a few days, the skin develops a bronzed appearance which flakes off, revealing healthier, scar-free skin underneath.
Benefits of Laser Treatments for Acne Scars
Some of the benefits of laser treatment for acne scars include:
- Quick treatment: Halo™ laser treatment usually requires a bit under an hour per session, while Fraxel® procedures last between 20 and 25 minutes, depending on your needs.
- Non-invasive: Laser treatments do not require any cutting or penetration of the skin, reducing downtime and eliminating the risk of new scars forming.
- Rapid effects: You should start seeing the results of laser treatment within just a few weeks.
Am I a Candidate for Acne Scar Treatment?
If you had acne in the past and have old, visible scars, you may be a good candidate for laser acne treatment. Good candidates are also people who have fair skin and are not tanned. If you have darker skin, you may be more suitable for alternative treatments, such as microneedling.
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Take the Next Step
Interested in learning more about acne scar treatments? We would love to speak with you. Please fill out the form on this page to request a consultation or call our Chevy Chase, MD office today at (301) 798-9699 to schedule your private consultation at our laser and cosmetic dermatology center, located just blocks away from Washington, D.C.