You feel great when your acne clears up until you see that the inflammation caused acne scars. But you don’t need to be discouraged because Eric Hensen, DO, at Lonestar ENT, Allergy and Aesthetics uses innovative Cynosure lasers to smooth away your scars without surgery or downtime. To learn more about acne scar treatment using the PicoSure® aesthetic laser or the Icon™ 1540 fractional laser, call the office in Palestine, Texas, or schedule an appointment online.
Mild cases of acne typically produce shallow blemishes that heal quickly. But if your acne becomes inflamed or penetrates deep below the surface, the skin and surrounding tissues are damaged.
After your acne clears up, your body heals the damaged area by making collagen that’s not as smooth as your original skin. As a result, you end up with an acne scar.
You can develop two types of acne scars, depending on the amount of collagen. A small depression or pit appears if your body doesn’t produce enough collagen. You develop a raised acne scar when your body produces too much collagen during the healing process.
You’re more likely to develop an acne scar when you:
Picking or squeezing your acne increases inflammation. As you can tell from the list, the presence of inflammation is the biggest risk factor for scarring.
The innovative PicoSure is a new generation of aesthetic lasers that doesn’t rely on heat to produce exceptional results. The device uses super-fast pulses of light energy, which minimizes the heat.
When the picosecond flashes of light are combined with PressureWave™ technology, the light energy is converted into gentle pressure.
As the pressure reaches below the surface without harming your skin, it triggers collagen and elastin production. As old skin at the surface sheds and is replaced by new skin that’s strong and resilient, your acne scar fades away.
Dr. Hensen also has a second option for acne scar treatment: the Cynosure Icon 1540 fractional laser. Fractional lasers divide a single laser beam into many tiny microbeams that reach below the surface.
Gentle heat from the laser breaks down the scar tissue and stimulates collagen production. Your body naturally clears away the scar tissue, and collagen tightens and strengthens your skin.
While the microbeams create pinpoint treatment zones, the area between each beam is left untouched. As a result, your skin heals faster.
If you’re ready to diminish the appearance of your acne scars, call Lonestar ENT, Allergy and Aesthetics or schedule an appointment online.