As if the stress caused by dealing with cystic acne is not enough, the dreadful scars it left behind also serve as an unwanted reminder. Cystic acne is characterised by excruciatingly painful and huge bumps, filled with pus that generally take its sweet time — weeks or months — to fully heal.
For people predisposed to scarring, they’re a nightmare since they leave behind indented and pitted scars that won’t go away. And although there have been tremendous leaps and bounds in dermatologic technology in recent years, still remain the toughest to address — that is until fractional laser.
How Fractional Lasers Can Reduce Scarring
Fractional laser generates miniscule laser energy columns capable of penetrating your skin. Depending on your skin type, colour, scar depth, and specific kind of scarring, your dermatologist will be the one to determine the density and depth of fractional laser acne scar treatment, says an NZ dermatologist.
This potent laser energy will be concentrated and focused on your skin’s deeper layers to break down acne scarring from the root. Your skin should then respond to this collagen breakdown and start stimulating the growth of new collagen. Fractional laser can reduce acne scarring by up to 70% to 80%, but the number of treatments will be heavily dependent on your scar type, skin type, and downtime.
Commonly, patients undergo between one and five sessions. One to two sessions will usually be enough if you have shallow scarring such as mild atrophic and box scars and if your skin type is fair. On the other hand, most dermatologists recommend between three to five sessions if you can only allot less than three days of downtime, your skin type is on the darker side, your scars are very severe, and if you choose fractional laser as your only treatment.
Some Vital Considerations
It is very important that your fractional laser treatment be performed by certified dermatologists or related professionals because this potent laser must be proficiently calibrated based on your specific scarring issues, skin colour, and skin type. Note that those with darker skin types are more vulnerable to the risk of hyperpigmentation that could be caused by fractional laser so this is likewise something to consider before treatment.