How to get rid of acne scars?Acne scars are treated with Mixto fractional laser here at Shens Clinic. The Mixto laser is much better than others as it has a double depth penetration. The laser treatment is also used for skin pigmentation, wrinkles and fine lines, enlarged pores, oily skin and sun damage.
Acne is common for everyone, especially in teenagers. It happens when an oil-like substance (sebum) blogs pores, causing pimples to pop-up. Most acnes pop-up on the face and neck while some on the back, chest and shoulders. Though acne is not a serious health risk, it can leave permanent scars, causing damage to self-esteem in growing teens.
There are a few types of acne:
1) Whiteheads: White dots where pores impacted with oil and skin covered by skin layers.
2) Blackheads: Black bumps that are impacted pores where material pushes out through follicles. The black colour is not from dirt though it may be from bacteria, dead skin cells and matter that react with oxygen.
3) Papules, pustules or nodules: Red and swollen lesions that appear due to inflammation or infection of the tissue around the clogged follicles. These are often painful and hard.
4) Cysts: Pimples that are deep and filled with pus.
Pulses of light passes through the upper layer of the skin, and with each pulse, a column of energy is delivered that can reach the skin’s dermal layer. This helps to give a renewal process of the body’s own collagen, naturally. When the laser beam has been fractionized (divided), small areas of the skin is left untreated in between the treated spots and this helps in the healing process.
Topical anesthesia will be applied on the skin before the procedure. The skin is cleansed thoroughly before the laser treatment. Laser-protective googles are positioned put on the eyes during the laser procedure. The deeper layer of the skin is heated at the start of the treatment with a laser beam directed on the face.
There would be slight pain and discomfort felt during the procedure but it will be greatly reduced with the topical anesthesia. Swelling and redness will also be present on the treated area. An average downtime of three to seven days is expected, depending on the energy and intensity of the treatment done with peeling of the dried and dead skin starting around the fourth and fifth day.