Acne scars treatment
Laser treatment for scars
Laser treatment of acne scars is designed to minimize the appearance of old acne scars. 95% of people with acne have some residual scarring.
Laser treatment for acne scars utilizes light energy to remove scar tissues at the dermal and epidermal levels. Simultaneously, the treatment induces deep tissue coagulation and the development and replacement of skin tissues by new, healthy skin cells.
The type of light-based treatment depends on acne's state (active acne), the type of acne scars and the tone of the skin.
Cost of Acne scar treatment
Health insurance does not reimburse the cost of laser treatments, as it is considered a cosmetic one. The total cost of active acne and acne scars ranges between 2000 to 3000 depending on the number of sessions required; The cost is not paid upfront but over three to six months. Here are some factors that might affect the price:
- Size of the area
- Type of laser
- The severity of the case and the number of sessions required
Fraxel laser is one of the most effective treatments, with a broad safety profile. However, it is one of the most expensive lasers. It irritates the skin with two different wavelengths in a fractional pattern and different levels of skin penetration.
How Fraxel works
Fraxel laser has two main mechanisms of action: ablation and coagulation. The ablation is produced by the 1927 nm and induces skin resurfacing, and the coagulation is produced by 1550 to break scar tissues and stimulate skin modulation. We usually use other lasers and light-based treatment such as Spectra pulsed-dye laser and intense pulse light (IPL) to control active acne. These lasers work on capillaries' porphyrins sensitization. Other lasers such as ablative fractional laser Er-Yag (Fotona) or CO2 (Ultrapulse) can also be used in more complicated cases.
Before and after picture
These pictures are taken after one session of Fraxel laser at Albany Cosmetic and Laser center in Edmonton. the Settings and initial consultation were provided by Dr. Kamal Alhallak Ph.D. in Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical sciences